This fine condo unit comes to us from the Ten 63 development at 10-63 Jackson Avenue, which is located right off the Pulaski Bridge in LIC. It’s a three-bedroom, three-bathroom penthouse unit with 1,847 interior square feet and 593 square feet outside. Big windows, high ceilings and an open kitchen certainly make the space feel airy and spacious. Due to some awesome staging (this is a sponsor unit), the listing makes it tempting enough to move in tomorrow. The asking price is $2,250,000. That number includes a parking spot and storage space, as well as building amenities like a doorman, cold storage, gym, community room and common roof deck.
Saturday last, I conducted a walking tour along the Brooklyn and Maspeth borders, and afterwards decided to enjoy the beautiful weather by walking back home to Astoria. My path carried me along the fence line of Mt. Zion cemetery (Maurice Avenue side) toward Tyler Avenue, where I made a left.
Just look at what was waiting for me to notice it when I turned onto Tyler – a 1949 Plymouth Special Deluxe, which I believe to be the P15 model.
State Assembly Members Phil Goldfeder (who represents Rockaway Beach) and Nily Rozic (representing Flushing) are holding a public hearing on August 7th to address the lack of public transportation in the northeastern and southern parts of Queens. Times Ledger spoke to Rozic, who said, “This is an opportunity for transit riders to share detailed information about the challenges they face due to limited bus and subway service. Queens has been a transit desert for far too long and it is time changes are made so that residents can be better served.” There isn’t a single subway station within Rozic’s district, and she wants to allocate funding toward research to bring more public transportation to the area.
The pols have worked on other efforts in increasing transit options: they are trying to restore bus service in Douglaston, they worked to allocate funds to study bus options in Bayside, and they criticized the city’s decision to end Rockaway Ferry service (pictured) in October. Goldfeder is also working with the Queens College Urban Studies Department on a study for reuse of the Rockaway Beach rail line. They will hold the August 7th meeting in Manhattan — details to come.
Last Thursday, the 82nd Street Partnership held two public hearings in regards to expanding the Jackson Heights – Corona BID, a proposal up for its final vote this summer. DNAinfo attended the evening meeting and reports that it was filled “overwhelmingly with the BID’s opponents.” Local organization Make The Road New York spoke against the plan for the first time in public, stating that the current BID proposal wouldn’t help or support business owners. A major concern of expansion is displacement of small, local business owners by rising commercial rents.
The expansion proposal includes the blocks from 82nd Street to 104th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, as well as Junction Boulevard to 35th Avenue. BID supporters argue that it will be used to fund events, assist small businesses and help with street maintenance, safety and cleanup. Business owners and landlords will pay a yearly fee, determined by a special assessment, to support it.
The New York Transit Museum just announced a nostalgia ride all the way from its Downtown Brooklyn location to the Rockaways. On Sunday, August 3rd, the Museum will send a fleet of postwar subway cars to Rockaway Beach — passengers will ride on a variety of cars introduced between the 1940s and 1960s. They include a rare Second Avenue Subway R11 prototype model labeled the “Million Dollar Car” when first introduced in 1949, as well as the R40, a futuristic model introduced in 1968. During the trip itself, the museum staff will display transit artifacts as part of a “hands-on history” activity. Once in the Rockaways, riders will be able to spend a day at the beach before heading back to the museum.
Tickets cost $50 for adults and $25 for children, with discounts for museum members. To purchase tickets online, go here.
This week we got some bad news regarding the New York State Pavilion, but today better news emerged. Governor Cuomo recently announced he is allocating a total of $5,000,000 to help repair 14 historically significant properties damaged by Hurricane Sandy. Cuomo awarded $127,000 for repairs to the New York State Pavilion, the single property selected in Queens. Here are details on the repairs to come:
$127,000 to the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation for a conditions assessment of damage to the NYS Pavilion cable roof structure to determine the impact of Sandy and develop cost estimates for stabilization; basic repairs may also be undertaken. The NYS Pavilion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with national significance as a landmark of American engineering and was one of most highly acclaimed structures at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair.
These funds are in addition to the $5,806,000 allocated to upgrade the structure’s electrical system, rebuild the staircases inside the Pavilion’s three towers, and repair the concrete platforms supporting the observation decks at the top of each of the towers. As People for the Pavilion said of the recent news, “The continued support from elected officials for the preservation of the Pavilion is extremely encouraging. PFP will continue to work with our partners at the local, city, state, and national levels to develop a sustainable reuse plan for the Pavilion, and to encourage further support for the structure.”
Today, the Rockaways got a brand new playground. The Queens Parks Commissioner, local pols and members of the community cut the ribbon at the new Beach Channel Playground, located on Beach 79th Street between Beach Channel Drive and Rockaway Beach Boulevard. The city spent $1,250,000 to convert an asphalt lot into an amusement-themed playground, inspired by the Rockaway Playland amusement park that once stood several blocks away. It includes skee ball, milk bottle games, a “fun house area” and a carousel-inspired spray shower. The ferris wheel-themed climber is pictured above.
There are separate play areas for kids ages 2 to 5 and 5 to 12. The project also includes new benches, fencing, trees, plantings and upgraded utilities. According to the Parks Department, 36 percent of the site was built from permeable materials that can capture stormwater and reduce runoff.
On one hand, the Catholic Church receives criticism for its handling of the Holocaust. Various priests, nuns and laity were members of the Nazi Party and many historians charge that Pope Pius XII was complicit in Adolf Hitler’s regime. But on the other hand, many Catholics fought the Nazis and helped Jews escape persecution… and many Catholics were persecuted themselves. Millions of Catholic soldiers died fighting the Third Reich, while others were sent to forced labor camps, and countless cathedrals, churches, convents, monasteries, monuments, and schools were destroyed during World War II.
On Monday, Linna McDonald, a retired teacher of religion, language arts and social studies at Maspeth’s St. Stanislaus Kosta School, will present The Catholic Church and the Jews, as part of an ongoing lecture series at the Central Queens Y. McDonald, who currently mentors and trains Brooklyn-Queens Diocese teachers in Holocaust education, will address everything from the Pope Pius controversy to the priests and nuns who risked their lives helping Jews. She will also address the revolution in Catholic teaching since the 1960s and anti-Semitism in today’s church.