11/20/14 3:00pm


Behold The Marx, a seven-story, 33-unit development planned for 34-32 35th Street, between 34th and 35th avenues in Astoria. 6sqft first published the rendering, which was designed by Fogarty Finger Architects. According to 6sqft, the development will replace two homes and a parking lot. (Another seven-story building is slated to rise at the stalled construction site across the street.)

The design looks great, with dark grey brick and huge windows. It’s also located right near the Museum of the Moving Image and both the Steinway and 36th Avenue subway lines. Something tells us that this one will do well on the market.

New Residential Building To Rise Near the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria [6 sqft] GMAP

11/20/14 1:00pm


Her music reflects the country’s history. She mixes Appalachian folk, Piedmont blues, soul, R&B, and traditional Native American rhythms. It also reflects her Cherokee, Choctaw, African and European DNA. Her 2012 multifaceted work, The Garden of Love, fuses William Blake’s 18th century poetry to music that draws from rural influences of Appalachia. But Martha Redbone is also known for her support of causes reflecting her heritage. She annually holds a traditional music workshop within the United Houma Nation’s Cultural Enrichment Summer Camp program, and regularly gives talks on subjects ranging from indigenous rights to the role of arts in politics. This weekend, Redbone will offer a concert on Friday and then lead a workshop the next day at Flushing Town Hall. Her husband Aaron Whitby will join her on stage, playing keys and melodica, while Alan Burroughs will handle the guitar and vocals, Fred Cash will play bass, and Tony Mason will rock the drums. On Saturday, the interactive, family-friendly music workshop will introduce participants to Native American rhythms and sounds.

Concert details: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, November 21st, 7:30 pm, $15/$10 for students. This event has a special “tweetseat” offer. People who are active on social media can attend for free if they tweet at least five times before, during and after the concert.

Workshop details: Flushing Town Hall, November 22nd, 1 pm, $6/$4 for children.

Photo: Martha Redbone FB

11/20/14 12:00pm


This massive home, in the style of a Spanish Colonial villa, is up for sale in the Rockaways. This is the most amount of space you’re going to get for the least amount of money in New York City: it’s a 2,068-square-foot house on a 12,000-square-foot lot with six bedrooms and two-and-a-half bathrooms, all asking $398,000. The only interior picture is of the underwhelming kitchen, and the listing notes that the “House Is Currently Being Cosmetically Renovated.” There’s also a two car garage and the property’s within walking distance of the beach. You don’t see NYC properties like this everyday, that’s for sure, but our guess is that the interior will leave much to be desired.

504 Beach 68th Street [Heffernan Realty] GMAP

11/20/14 11:00am


If you’re anything like the average American, by the time that Friday rolls around, you are going to have to work off a few holiday pounds. Never fear, Brownstoner Queens come to the rescue with a recipe for edgy adventure in Western Queens.

Your first stop is Queens Plaza. That’s where you’ll find the combined pedestrian and bicycle lanes for the Queensboro Bridge, at the intersection of Crescent Street and Queens Plaza North. Personally, I’m a walker, but you this path works for bikes too. You’re going to want to cross the bridge, heading for Manhattan. One thing to keep in mind is how early the sun sets this time of year – which is around 4:30 in the afternoon this week.

More after the jump… (more…)

11/20/14 10:00am

geese-clothesline-whitestoneIt’s a slow news day in Queens, so here’s a bizarre report all the way from Whitestone to get you through the day. The Times Ledger is reporting that since last Friday, a Whitestone resident living at 150th Street and 15th Drive has been hanging dead geese on their clothesline. A neighbor spotted around 16 to 20 geese hanging in the otherwise messy backyard. The neighbor’s sister, who also saw the geese, brings up a good point: “Even if it’s food for food consumption, who is feeding 16 to 20 geese for their family?”

Ultimately, the Health Department Department showed up, but the geese disappeared by Sunday night. (The neighbor thinks it may have been due to the rainy weather.) According to the Ledger, “By Tuesday, the geese were hanging on the clothesline again and on Wednesday, they were up for part of the day and then taken down again.” The Health Department plans to make another appearance this week.

Apparently this isn’t the first time the residents have hung up dead animals, although the article doesn’t say what kind of animal. This is the first time neighbors have spotted so many hanging from the clothesline, though.

Gaggle of Geese Strung on Clothesline in Whitestone [Times Ledger]

Photo via Times Ledger

11/20/14 9:00am


Dominic Stiller, the President of the Dutch Kills Civic Association and owner of the bar Dutch Kills Centraal, has resigned from his post after an ongoing disagreement with the civic association about bikes. LIC Post reports that “the organization recently held a vote where its members agreed to oppose the placement of bicycle corrals in the Dutch Kills neighborhood if they led to the removal of parking spaces.” Stiller recently proposed a bike corral in front of his business (above) — space for parking eight bikes and room for two planters — but because it took away one parking space, Community Board One voted it down. According to the Post, Stiller resigned not because of his personal situation, but because of the association’s decision to vote down all bike corrals that threatened parking in the neighborhood. In his resignation letter, he called the focus on cars and parking “short sighted and unsustainable.”

The new president, Thea Romano, argues that there is a limited amount of parking in the neighborhood, with the association fighting for parking spaces for years. “A lot of the stuff that [Stiller] has been putting out there is just not true. He is putting such an awful light on the Dutch Kills Civic Association,” she told the Post.

President of Dutch Kills Civic Association Suddenly Leaves, Differences over Bicycles [LIC Post]

11/20/14 8:30am


Glendale Residents Reject City’s Homeless Shelter Impact Report [NY1]
TF Cornerstone Closes Two Agency Loans Totaling $365M [Commercial Observer]
NYPD Closes Down Elmhurst Nightclub [Queens Chronicle]
LIC Resi Parcel Seeks Record at $315 per Foot [TRD]
Meet The Obsessed Garbage Collecting Lady of Elmhurst [DNAinfo]
Sunnyside Up: What it’s Like to Live in the Queens ‘Hood [Brick Underground]
Construction on Retail Space at 21-03 46th Avenue Wrapping Up [Court Square Blog]

11/19/14 4:00pm


Exactly one year ago, we all woke up and the 5Pointz graffiti warehouse looked like this. Now the building is under demolition and the developers are trying to trademark the 5Pointz name. By next year, construction will be underway on two 47- and 41-story apartment towers. Sigh.

Last night, a group of 5Pointz artists held a memorial to mark the anniversary. According to Untapped Cities, “About 150 people attended in the cold, while Meres and Danielle Mastrion repainted the ‘rest in paint’ gate.”

A 5Pointz Memorial on First Anniversary of Whitewashing [Untapped Cities]
All 5Pointz coverage [Q'Stoner]

Photo by Rachel Fawn Alban via Untapped Cities


Man, Flushing’s go-to shopping mall, The Shops at SkyView Center, is really on a roll. Nordstrom Rack opened there in September. That was followed by five new tenants, including Justice & Brothers (a clothing chain for tweens) and GNC. Now, add two more major retailers to the list: Forever 21 and the Nike Factory Store.

According to a press release, Forever 21 — a popular clothing and accessories chain — inked a deal for 10,093 square feet on Level D of the shopping center. The store plans to open in the spring of 2015.

And the Nike Factory Store signed a lease to take over a ton of space, 15,000 square feet, on Level B. The store will be the first of its kind in New York City, selling discounted shoes, clothing and gear. It’s also slated to open in the spring of next year.

All Skyview Center coverage [Q'Stoner]

Photo via Yelp

11/19/14 1:00pm


And then there was one. The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem outsold the Beatles in their 1960s heyday while popularizing traditional Irish music in the United States. Bob Dylan and Pete Seeger said they were profoundly influenced by these lads — Paddy, Tommy, Liam, and Bobby plus Makem although he left in 1969 — who wore Aran wool sweaters and sang catchy ballads, such as “Finnegan’s Wake.” This Friday, the New York Irish Center will screen The Yellow Bittern, a documentary on the wild, devil-may-care life of Liam, the last surviving Clancy brother. With unseen behind-the-scenes footage and audio recordings, this film is a dark and revealing portrait of a performer with tremendous talent and a troubled personal life.

Details: The Yellow Bittern, New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, November 21st, 7:30 pm, $11/$8 for students, seniors, and the unemployed.


Photos: The Clancy Brothers FB