03/24/15 4:00pm

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Today, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer released the participatory budget ballot for District 26, which covers Woodside, Sunnyside, Long Island City, Dutch Kills, Astoria, Queensbridge, Ravenswood and the Woodside Houses. The ballot includes 27 different projects decided on by the community. After the vote, $1 million will be allocated to the most popular projects. Project proposals include technology upgrades at local schools, playground updates, an LIC bikeway, library improvements and street safety measures. Check out the full ballot here [PDF].

Council Member Van Bramer is hosting a Project Expo on Monday, April 6th from 7 to 9 pm at the Sunnyside Community Services (43-31 39th Street) so residents can speak with project delegates, see project presentations and learn more about the proposals. Voting will take place from April 11th to the 19th at a variety of locations throughout the district. Check out the locations here [PDF].

All Participatory Budgeting coverage [Q'Stoner]

03/10/15 4:00pm


A monthly Indonesian food market — known as the City Blessing Church Indonesian Food Bazaar — has kicked off in Woodside. Chopsticks + Marrow attended the first event, which took place on a Saturday last month. Many of the vendors previously participated in an outdoor bazaar held at Astoria’s Masjid Al-Hikmah, but the mosque was not able to hold the event regularly last summer. According to C+M, “The organizer, Fefe Anggono, owned and managed a restaurant in Long Island for seven years and started this event as a way to not only bring attention to the church and its rental space, but also to provide a consistent outlet for vendors left out in the cold by the mosque’s inconsistent event-holding policies.” There were 10 vendors serving at the inaugural event, and the organizer hopes to bring in more.

C+M offers great reviews of the many dishes available. Pictured above, nasi pecel empal, a Javanese rice dish with steamed vegetables and spicy peanut sauce. The next market will be held at the church on Saturday, March 28th from 12 pm to 5 pm. To keep up with upcoming markets, follow the Facebook page.

Woodside Gets New Indonesian Food Bazaar [C+M] GMAP

Photo by Premshree Pillai for Chopsticks + Marrow

02/24/15 1:00pm


There was a time when some Irish people thought that New York City streets were paved with gold. Well, on Sunday, a Sunnyside/Woodside thoroughfare will be filled with innumerable Emerald Isle natives and many other marchers during the St. Pat’s For All Parade. This 15th annual event was founded in response to the never-ending conflict over openly gay participation in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan. Thus, organizers of the Queens march emphasize the diversity of the Big Apple’s Irish and Irish American residents, especially the LGBT community. Beyond the ethnic groups, expect such entities as the Sunnyside United Dog Society, the Ethical Humanist Society of Queens, and veterans agencies.

Details: St. Pat’s For All Parade, Skillman Avenue from 43rd Street in Sunnyside to 56th Street in Woodside, March 1st, 1 pm (assembly and remarks), 2 pm (step off), free.

Bonus details: Lunar New Year, Queens Center Food Court, 90-15 Queens Boulevard, Elmhurst, February 28th, noon to 6 pm, free. Events include a martial arts demonstration with Kung Fu Master Long Fei Yang, Korean and Japanese drummers, tea tastings, and the Dragon Dance. The first 200 people who bring an event social media post (like this one) will receive a red envelope with a prize.

Photo: St. Pat’s For All

02/23/15 4:00pm


Tomorrow night, Forgotten New York author and Q’Stoner writer Kevin Walsh is hosting a tour inside of Neir’s Tavern, one of the oldest bars in Queens. (It opened back in 1829.) Kevin will also discuss his book, Forgotton Queens, which will be available for sale.

It’s all happening tomorrow from 7 to 9 pm at the bar, 87-48 78th Street in Woodhaven. Here’s the Facebook event.

Photo via Neir’s Tavern

02/20/15 11:00am


Time hasn’t been kind to the tiny building once known as Shaw’s Hotel on 64th Street north of Woodside Avenue, hard by the Long Island Rail Road main branch. A couple of years ago, a huge condominium was constructed just inches away from it on the corner of the two cross streets. In recent months, though, the owner has made several upgrades, the most notable being a large picture window on the 3rd floor that looks out onto the LIRR/Roosevelt Avenue El transit complex.


The building has seen much, including a Forgotten New York tour in Woodside in June of 2010.

02/05/15 11:00am


This nicely appointed Jeep was noticed while parked at a service station found at the intersection of Northern Boulevard and Newtown Road, last summer. Adorned with multiple decals indicating that it was the property of a “Zombie Response Team,” I for one am glad that someone is finally taking this sort of eventuality seriously given the presence of so many large cemeteries in Queens.

Somebody has to.

More after the jump… (more…)

01/22/15 3:00pm

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The residential development site at 69-12 Woodside Avenue, between 69th Street and 70th Street, is now on the market for $1,600,000. The parcel is a total of 6,500 square feet and currently holds a two-story frame home and garage. Currently built up to a FAR of .34, the lot could accommodate a much larger residential development with a FAR of 1.25. To be more precise, there’s potential for a multi-family building with as much as 8,125 square feet. As far as we can tell there’s demand in the area, so we’ll see how close this gets to ask.

The location is two blocks from the 69th Street subway stop. GMAP

01/22/15 2:00pm


Last night, the Department of Transportation hosted a safety worksop in Woodside concerning Queens Boulevard, a thoroughfare so dangerous it’s referred to as the “Boulevard of Death.” Times Ledger attended the meeting, where nearly one hundred residents showed up. DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg told that group that “this workshop is only the first step in a more comprehensive process to re-imagine and redesign the boulevard as a safer, greener, more attractive corridor for residents and businesses.” Great news!

The workshop focused on the stretch of Queens Boulevard from Roosevelt Avenue to 73rd Street, and participants discussed safety concerns and possible design solutions in groups. According to the Ledger, “The DOT plans include more pedestrian islands, wider sidewalks, enclosed bike lanes, countdown clocks and more crosswalks.” There’s no timeline yet on when the redesign will actually happen.

DOT Holds Public Workshop to Discuss Redesign of Queens Boulevard [Times Ledger]
Closing Bell: Queens Boulevard Safety Workshop Coming Up [Q'Stoner]

12/16/14 12:00pm


This semi-detached, two-family home at 31-23 56th Street is up for sale in Woodside. It’s currently configured as a duplex apartment on the basement and first floor, with a one-bedroom unit on the second floor. There’s also a one-car garage (that looks a little busted up), a private driveway and an extremely deep backyard. The interior is in decent shape, but we’d guess a new owner may look to update or renovate. That backyard also offers potential for expanding the home, or building out a sweet backyard space. The asking price comes in at $685,000.

31-23 56th Street [Realty Executives Today] GMAP

Joe-Conley-community-board-twoCommunity Board Two, which represents Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City, is about to lose its longtime chairman. Sunnyside Post is reporting that Joe Conley, who has served as chair on the board for over 25 years, plans to step down. He is expected to announce his departure at the full board meeting tonight. Sunnyside Post notes that “Conley’s departure from the community board will result in the biggest shake up the board has seen in nearly 30 years.” The same leadership has been in place at CB2 for the last decade, and tonight the board will hold an election for chairman, first vice chairman, second vice chairman, secretary and treasurer.

Conley, who has basically served as the face of the community board, is credited for the transformation of Long Island City into a residential hotspot, and also served as chairperson for the Sunnyside-Woodside rezoning. “It will be an interesting transition,” Lisa Deller, head of the land use committee, tells the Post.

Joe Conley, Community Board 2 Chair, is Stepping Down [Sunnyside Post]

Photo via Sunnyside Post