Wowza. The design firm AMLGM designed these “Urban Alloy Towers” to rise above the Woodside Long Island Railroad and 7 train station. (Curbed calls this “the most exciting and completely insane thing ever proposed for Queens.” AMLGM, on the other hand, calls this “symbiotic re-purposing of the air rights above transportation corridors in New York.”) These designs aren’t meant to be actually built, but it sure is fun pretending.
The facade of these tubular towers, which shift from cylindrical to triangular shapes from bottom to top, is made of metal fins with their own specific “solar orientation.” The interior holds luxury, market-rate and SRO apartments, retail, office space, a central atrium and transportation infrastructure. The idea is to bring housing close to transportation hubs, and offer “a wide range of living conditions… within the one development.” You can read all the architectural details over at Design Boom. Meanwhile, we’ll just drool over the renderings — check out more crazy images after the jump.
That’s a wrap for Woodside’s new “affordable luxury” rental development. The Daily News reports that the 66-unit building is full up after six weeks on the market. (The building was half full in early March.) Prices ranged from $1,500 to $2,600 a month for studio to two-bedroom apartments. This is the first new “luxury” development for Woodside, with amenities like a virtual doorman and a landscaped rooftop deck with a barbecue grill.
Crain’s also shares an article on the changing demographic of the neighborhood, stating that as more young people are priced out of Long Island City and Astoria they are looking to Woodside. The neighborhood, rather than having an industrial background like LIC, is known for “well-regarded schools, low crime and a good, affordable housing stock.” As the population grows, new businesses are opening in the area, too: a cafe opened on Roosevelt Avenue and 85 percent of the available commercial space at Woodside Terrace, the new condo at 63-14 Queens Boulevard, is full.
Tommy Ashton was a life-long Woodside resident and a particularly beloved member of the community. In fact, a block in the Big Six apartment complex is named “Thomas J. Asthon Way.” Plus, a playground there honors this 21-year-old, who died on his second day of work as an electrician’s apprentice with IBEW Local 3 at the World Trade Center’s Tower One on 9/11. His legacy also lives on with The Thomas Ashton Foundation, which his family established to provide charitable donations to academic institutions and nonprofit organizations. Then there’s the annual three-on-three basketball tournament with a men’s open, women’s open and men’s 40-and-over divisions. This year, the 12th annual competition will take place on April 25th and April 26th at the usual venue, the St. Sebastian Parish Center on 57th Street off Woodside Avenue, but the registration deadline is April 1 for all teams. The double-elimination format guarantees that every squad plays at least two games, and the entire weekend has the spirit of friendly competition for a worthy cause — and in honor of a great guy. Plus, there’s an after party once the tournament ends (around 7 pm on April 26th) at the CWV Post 870 on 61st Street off Roosevelt Avenue.
Details: 2014 Tommy Ashton 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, St. Sebastian Parish Center, 39-60 57th Street, Woodside, April 25th (men’s over 40 division) and April 26th (men’s open and women’s open divisions), $150 fee per team includes team shirts and refreshments (3-5 players per team), proper photo ID with date of birth is mandatory for participants in all divisions. All proceeds go to the foundation.
That was fast! Icon 52, the “affordable luxury” rental development located at Queens Boulevard and 52nd Street, surpassed the 50 percent mark. The building started leasing in late January with a total of 66 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Prices start at $1,500 a month. The Real Deal broke the news with this sound bite from Eric Benaim, of Modern Spaces: “As prices skyrocket and inventory continues to get absorbed in nearby neighborhoods like Long Island City and Astoria, renters are now looking into Woodside which has been rapidly growing and is now a new focus for developers. The Icon52 is definitely setting a new standard for luxury living in the Woodside area and it’s perfect for renters looking to live just minutes away from Manhattan.” Woodside, we’ve got our eye on you…
Here’s a cozy two-story townhouse located at 50-37 61st Street in Woodside. There is a lot of potential here, with a total of 2,100 square feet, wood flooring throughout, a nicely renovated kitchen and a cute backyard to boot. Overall it doesn’t look like much needs renovation or improvement. This home is asking a total of $599,000.
In honor of St. Pat’s for All, the all-inclusive St. Patrick’s procession that runs through Sunnyside and Woodside on March 2nd, the Village Voice put together a fun Irish pub crawl. The crawl follows the parade route, which starts at Skillman Avenue and 47th Street and ends at Woodside Avenue and 58th Street. The trip includes Molly Bloom’s on Queens Boulevard, The Dog and Duck on Skillman Avenue, Donovan’s Pub on Roosevelt Avenue, Cuckoo’s Nest on Woodside Avenue and Saints & Sinners on Roosevelt Avenue. You can check out the full selection of Irish bars right here. As the Voice says, the picks are “ideal for pre-gaming the festivities or exploring this area’s history any day of the year.”
Here’s a cute house at 48-38 63rd Street, in Woodside. The listing offers nada when it comes to information about the property, but we can tell you there are three bedrooms and a 2,000 square foot lot. The interior will need some upgrading but it looks like there are recent renovations in the kitchen. At the end of the day, the house is asking $625,000.
Over the weekend the New York Daily News ran a piece examining the growing desirability of Woodside, Jackson Heights and Elmhurst. The story’s familiar: as housing prices rise just about everywhere, people are getting pushed deeper into Queens, in neighborhoods along the subway line. Rents in Woodside are 25 percent cheaper than in Long Island City, according to the News. And the price of land in Woodside comes in 50 to 60 percent cheaper than land in LIC and Astoria.
Many of the new buildings going up are stocked with amenities, driving prices and demand up. At the Icon 52, the new luxury rental in Woodside, a two bedroom is asking $2,350 a month and a studio’s asking $1,500. According to a recent renter at the Icon 52, “We wanted to be close to the city and I think you get the best value for your money in that area.”
This afternoon, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assembly member Marge Markey, and representatives from Transportation Alternatives and Make Queens Safer demanded for safety improvements along Northern Boulevard. Just recently a car plowed into and seriously injured five pedestrians at the intersection of 48th Street and Northern Boulevard. Pols and street safety advocates want Mayor de Blasio to incorporate the boulevard into his Vision Zero initiative. In January, the Mayor announced his Vision Zero proposal, an interagency working group to develop a comprehensive roadmap for safer streets by February 15th. Since then Queens pols have worked on a list of locations suffering from traffic fatalities, pedestrian injuries and chronic crashes.
Make Queens Safer outlined the many safety issues with Northern Boulevard. As they say, “To the extent it works at all, the street is optimized for the convenience of drivers, rather than the safety of those who live, work, and shop in the area, or the children who cross it daily to reach schools and playgrounds. Recently, this has taken an unbearable toll in injuries and loss of life.” They call for a comprehensive and complete redesign of the thoroughfare.