05/01/15 9:45am

In 1928 the New York State Education Department devised an initiative to mark places of historical significance, and over the next four decades, almost 2800 such markers were placed all over the state.

The signs themselves are marvels of design, in my opinion. Most of them feature dark blue backgrounds with gold raised block lettering and trim, though there are variations in color, lettering, and very occasionally shape, just to change it up, I imagine. The state discontinued the series in 1966 after high-speed travel on expressways became the norm.

This flickr page that assembles photos of the markers taken by various photographers illustrates the basic, simple and readable design of these signs.  (more…)

04/17/15 12:00pm

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This two-bedroom rental is on the second floor of a two-story building and has a third room that could be used as an office study or a smaller third bedroom. The apartment has lots of windows, and the kitchen is set up nicely. Monthly rent comes in at $1,999.

The apartment is near the border of Brooklyn and Queens in Woodhaven, one block away from the J/Z trains. The Forest Park Dog Run and Forest Park Golf Course are both a ten-minute walk away. Woodhaven Library, food, and shopping are also very close by.

77-09 86th Avenue, #2-FLR [Citi Habitats] GMAP

03/25/15 9:00am

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Yesterday, the Department of Transportation unveiled its final design concept for Select Bus Service on Woodhaven and Cross Bay Boulevards. This comes after a full year of meetings, open houses and workshops. The DOT ultimately selected Design #2 (out of three different proposals), which creates a “transit-oriented boulevard” where buses will travel along designated lanes in the main roadway. The design allows for faster and more reliable bus service, where buses travel freely from any turning or parking conflicts. The DOT anticipates that passengers will save 25 to 30 percent of travel time. There will also be new median transit stations with shelters, seating, and real-time bus information, as well as a full reconstruction of the 14-mile thoroughfare. NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg called this “the biggest, boldest, and most ambitious design concept the City has attempted for Select Bus Service.”

Streetsblog also agrees, saying that the project “goes further than previous SBS projects to keep bus lanes clear of cars.” They report that the $200 million project will begin in 2017 and should take a year to complete.

Rendering via the NYC DOT

03/11/15 12:00pm

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Here’s a cheap rental located in Woodhaven, at 94-24 86th Avenue. The three-bedroom townhouse is asking $1,900 a month. The listing provides absolutely no description, but the photos show some nice touches like dark wood, stained glass and bay windows. And it’s just a few blocks away from both Forest Park and the Woodhaven J/Z subway station. Seems like a good deal to us, especially if the unit comes with some outdoor space. Like it?

94-24 86th Avenue [Exit Realty By the Park] GMAP

02/27/15 11:00am

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This week, Neir’s, the venerable tavern in Woodhaven, threw down the gauntlet as the Queens Historical Society anointed it NYC’s oldest continuously operated drinking establishment, challenging the self-proclaimed champion, McSorley’s on East 7th Street in the East Village, which claims 1854 as its opening year. NYC historian Richard McDermott claimed differently in the mid-1990s; according to his research employing old insurance maps, census data and tax-assessment records, indicators pointed to an 1862 opening. McSorley’s certainly gained cachet over the years from Joseph Mitchell’s stories in the New Yorker, collected in his book Up In the Old Hotel. Infamously, McSorley’s stubbornly insisted on settling for half its potential profits by only admitting male customers until a court challenge in 1970.

Both McSorley’s and Neir’s, if nature had not intervened, would  lose out to the South Street Seaport’s Bridge Cafe, which under various ownership has been operated as a distillery, grocery and bar since 1794. However, the Bridge Cafe has been shuttered since the area was flooded by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, and it is unknown when it will reopen. Its website says it is “temporarily closed” and it’s hoped that ‘temporary’ is indeed the case.

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This leaves us with Neir’s, which, for the time being, at least, is the present champion. At 87-48 78th Street at 88th Avenue (formerly Snedeker, Snediker, or Sneideicker Avenue, depending on what map you consult, and 3rd Avenue, stands one of New York City’s oldest taverns, Neir’s, opened by their account in 1829 as The Pump Room, or Old Blue Pump House, to serve Union Course patrons.

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11/24/14 3:00pm

78-19-jamaica-aveThe Queens Courier reports good news that construction is moving on 78-19 Jamaica Avenue, the Woodhaven building that partially collapsed last year. After the collapse, and after much community concern, the Department of Buildings declared the structure hazardous and prepared to demo it after the owners failed to show up in court several times. This summer, the owners reached an agreement with the DOB to rebuild rather than demolish, and now the second floor is built up.

Construction is slated to finish by the end of the year. No word on what will move in once the structure is standing again; a furniture store was forced out due to the collapse.

Woodhaven Building will Finally be Repaired 18 Months After Collapse [Queens Courier]
All 78-19 Jamaica Avenue coverage [Q'Stoner] GMAP

Photo by Salvatore Licata for Queens Courier

11/21/14 12:00pm

2Jackson Heights
34-42 80th Street
Broker: Brown Harris Stevens
Price: $649,000
Sunday, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
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3Kew Gardens Hills
147-23 77th Avenue
Broker: Exit Realty First Choice
Price: $619,000
Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
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4Jamaica
145-54 107th Avene
Broker: Charles Rutenberg
Price: $595,000
Saturday 12:30 – 2:30 pm
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1Woodhaven
80-46 87th Avenue
Broker: Exit Realty Depot
Price: $408,800
Sunday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
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11/06/14 12:00pm

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This corner property, located at 88-34 89th Street in Woodhaven, caught our eye. It’s a beautiful house — love the turret! — but it’s too bad the facade was covered up in what looks like an attempt to modernize. We’re not digging that fence, either. Sadly, there aren’t any interior photos, so we have no idea what kind of shape the place is in. (For what it’s worth, the listing says there are four bedrooms and 1,900 total square feet.) From the outside, though, this looks like a special home. The ask? $559,000.

88-34 89th Street [Loubriel & Associates Realty] GMAP

10/17/14 12:00pm

1Forest Hills
62 Rockrose Place
Broker: Apre Inc.
Price: $1,950,000
Sunday, 1:00 – 2:30 pm
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2East Elmhurst
23-43 95th Street
Broker: Exit Realty Genesis
Price: $545,000
Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
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3Woodhaven
85-18 80th Street
Broker: National Homes Direct
Price: $515,000
Saturday, 11:00 – 3:00 pm
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4Astoria
2106 35th Street, #2B
Broker: Douglas Elliman
Price: $339,000
Sunday, 11:00 – 1:00 pm
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10/10/14 10:00am

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Describing it as “vandalism,” “a blight,” and “a crime,” civic and political leaders from the Richmond Hill/Woodhaven area helped launch an anti-graffiti initiative with a press conference (below) and demonstration (above) on Wednesday. City Council Member Eric A. Ulrich, who represents these neighborhoods, announced that he had allotted $25,000 to eliminate graffiti at six major corridors — Woodhaven Boulevard; Jamaica Avenue; Atlantic Avenue; 101st Avenue; Liberty Avenue; and Rockaway Boulevard. The borough’s only Republican council member directed the funds to the Queens Economic Development Corporation‘s Neighborhood Development Division, which promotes economic growth by supporting community businesses. QEDC will sub-contract with Ridgewood-based Magic Touch Cleaning to carry out the initiative.

Saying this was a priority for him, Council Member Ulrich stated that he planned to seek more funding for this program in the future. QEDC Deputy Director Ricardi Calixte opined that graffiti is bad for business. He stated, “This type of vandalism has a domino effect, discouraging shoppers, encouraging lawlessness, and deterring investment.”

See a photo from the press conference after the jump. (more…)