The Department of Transportation is testing out different safety initiatives for Woodhaven Boulevard, a highly-trafficked thoroughfare that is the site of many accidents. Queens Courier reports that the DOT is three years into a five-year study. So far, the DOT added extended sidewalks and medians from Queens Boulevard to 62nd Road, made southbound traffic on the service road at the intersection of Union Turnpike and Woodhaven Boulevard a “must turn right” lane, and shrunk the two lanes of the service road into one. At a community meeting held this month, the DOT reported that since the improvements, crashes are actually up on Queens Boulevard to 62nd Road. Accidents at Union Turnpike and Woodhaven Boulevard decreased 29 percent.
The DOT will continue to implement safety changes — the service roads between Atlantic Avenue and Rockaway Boulevard will be changed into one lane of traffic and one parking lane. They also hope to create a northbound dedicated bus lane from the Belt Parkway to Liberty Avenue.
Woodhaven’s Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church, at 85-45 96th Street, reopened with a new congregation last Friday. The church, on the National Register of Historic Places, is more than 100 years old. Queens Courier reports that it closed down in 2011 due to declining membership and financial problems. Earlier this fall the All Saints Episcopal Church in Richmond Hill announced they were moving in and renovating. They added handicap access to the entrance and are in the process of redoing the floors, chandeliers and furniture. They are also renovating the Wyckoff-Snediker Cemetery, located right behind the church building. The historic cemetery was used by families that lived on farmland in the area from 1792 to 1893.
The home for sale at 87-73 96th Street in Woodhaven has decent bones but it’s going to need some TLC. We don’t think many will love the bizarre ceiling pattern that reoccurs throughout the house, it also looks like the third floor is used as a three-bedroom rental that will need some upgrades. This could potentially be a huge single-family home but it will take some work to get there. What do you make of an ask of $679,000?
Here’s a cute house up for rent in Woodhaven, at 80-82 88th Avenue. The space comes with four bedrooms, a finished basement, laundry room and backyard. It looks very well maintained, too. The asking rent is $3,000 a month — not bad at all!
It dates back to 1903. It has 36 jumping horses, 13 standing horses, a piping organ, two chariots and some menagerie animals. It’s located in a 544-acre park. And it’s ready to raise funds to fight a debilitating and deadly disease. This Friday, an open party at the Forest Park Carousel will feature Omar Olusion’s Magic Show, face-painting, food and other activities as well as rides on the city’s oldest merry-go-round. The operating company, NY Carousel Entertainment, will donate all proceeds from circular trips on this work of art to the Alzheimer’s Association’s NYC Chapter. The idea for the event comes from Carol Lacks, a Kew Gardens resident and Alzheimer’s Association volunteer who has fond childhood memories of riding the carousel.
Details: An Evening on the Forest Park Carousel to End Alzheimer’s, Aug. 9, 6:30 pm, Vicinity of Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive, Forest Park, $10 for unlimited rides and face-painting/$3 for an individual ride, all proceeds from rides will go to the Alzheimer’s Association’s NYC Chapter, free parking near carousel.
This 1915 Dutch Colonial single family house looks to be in pretty good shape, going by the photos. It has its original porch and door and window moldings. The kitchen looks like it could use some work, and the one bath is not shown. There are six bedrooms, according to the listing. What do you think of it and the ask of $459,000?
An institution like a church, or a factory, or another kind of industry can be the catalyst for an entire neighborhood’s growth. Sometimes, the neighborhood can die when that catalyst is gone, but sometimes, by the time that happens, the neighborhood is strong and sturdy in its own right, and can survive the loss. So many industries and factories were started by people with vision and good ideas, and then those businesses are one day gone, leaving only the buildings. Down the road, one hundred plus years later, we may only know them as “those old buildings.” Often, it’s “those old buildings that should be torn down so we can build a strip mall.” This is the story of one of Queens’ greatest businesses, the men behind it, and the factory that produced their products for over one hundred years.
Florian Grosjean was born in 1826 in Switzerland. He studied business as a student, and became a bank clerk in Montbeliard, France. Banking is very different now than it was in the 19th century, and a bank clerk had many more responsibilities and a different job description than clerks and tellers have today. His duties were more like a bank officer’s, with much more authority, and also a closer working relationship than even most contemporary officers have with clients.
In this capacity, Grosjean met with many successful businessmen, and with their encouragement, he came to New York City in 1850 to seek his fortune. He went into partnership with Frenchman Charles W. Lalance, whom he probably met at the bank, and the two men began an importing company, importing housewares and champagne from France. Their offices were on Pearl Street, in Lower Manhattan. Researchers have been able to find out absolutely nothing about Charles W. Lalance in the United States, leading them to believe that he stayed in Europe, and ran his end of the business there.
Lalance & Grosjean specialized in tinware and pressed sheet metal products, and their products were snapped up by an eager market. The partners soon found that it would be far cheaper to manufacture those goods here in America, rather than import them, so they brought over experienced artisans from France and Switzerland, and set up the first pressed metal manufacturing company in America, near their warehouse on Pearl Street, Manhattan. (more…)
The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted today to landmark the Forest Park Carousel in Woodhaven, DNAinfo reported. German immigrant Daniel Carl Muller carved the carousel’s animals in 1903, and it has been in the park since the 1970s after the previous carousel was destroyed by a fire. The carousel was also listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.
Queens has topped the leaderboard in foreclosures ever since the market began turning in the latter half of the last decade, so it was no surprise to see a number of foreclosure transactions pop up this week on PropertyShark. Here are a few of the houses that traded:
90-06 Pitkin Avenue
Square Feet: 1,984
Winning Bid: $210,000 GMAPP*Shark