The Queens Paideia School, an independent K-12 school based in Long Island City, recently announced its Merit Scholarship program, worth a total of $150,000. Students 13 and up are eligible to apply for scholarships for the 2014-15/16 school year; selected applicants will be interviewed and evaluated on their abilities and personal qualities. Three $30,000 scholarships will cover the 2014-16 school years, and four $15,000 scholarships will cover the 2014-15 school year. Interested candidates can attend an open house on the morning of December 18th. To attend the upcoming open house, email firstname.lastname@example.org. And you can find the scholarship application form here.
Construction on the Storage Deluxe at 30-19 Northern Boulevard is moving, but it’s moving slowly. Here’s what the site looked like over the summer. One day, this will rise seven stories with 110,000 square feet of space. Long Island City already has three Storage Deluxe sites, with this one and this one on the way. See one more photo of this construction site after the jump.
Yesterday, Five Napkin Burger sent out an email first published by We Heart Astoria:
After three years, we have decided to close the 5 Napkin Burger in Astoria. It was a hard decision to make as we have enjoyed being part of the community, but we are eager now to focus on other growth opportunities for 5 Napkin Burger in New York City and beyond. On a positive note many of our valued team members will be joining us at one of our three Manhattan locations or at a sister Tour de France restaurant. We appreciate the enthusiasm of our guests, and want to thank you again for your support and we hope to see you soon in Manhattan.
The mini burger chain, located at 35-01 36th Street, officially closed as of Monday. It opened in that location in 2010.
‘Tis the season to attend concerts… many, many concerts. Various top-notch Queens ensembles are set fill local venues with holiday spirit in the upcoming days. Each gig is unique, and each one offers a slightly different take on Christmas, the new year and winter. On Friday, Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist and composer Amanda Monaco brings her quartet, Formula One, to Flushing Town Hall. The first part of the show will feature original compositions inspired by car racing, while the second half will consist of seasonal favorites. On Sunday, there are three fantastic choices. At 3 pm at LeFrak Concert Hall, the Queens Symphony Orchestra (above) will take the audience on a world tour through music emblematic of various cultural traditions, all bound by the common theme of joy, unity and winter. At 4 pm, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church’s Sacred Music Society will host the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens. At 5 pm at St. Joseph Church, the Astoria Symphony will celebrate with music by two great French masters: the Bach-inspired Oratorio de Noël by Camille Saint-Saëns and Francis Poulenc’s Gloria. Exactly a week later, the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens will do another show with the Oratorio Society of Queens at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center. Expect Handel’s “Messiah,” Christmas carols and Hanukkah favorites.
December 13th details: Carols and Car Races, Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, 8 pm, $15.
December 15th details: Holidays Around the World, LeFrak Concert Hall, Kissena Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing, 3 pm, $20/$10 children under 13 and adults over 64;A Christmas Concert, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, 110-06 Queens Boulevard, Forest Hills, 4 pm, $25/$10 for children 12 and under;Noël!, St. Joseph Church, 43-19 30th Avenue, Astoria, 5 pm, $20/$15 seniors and children.
December 22nd details: Annual Holiday Concert 2013, QPAC, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, 4 pm, $30/$25 seniors and students with ID/$10 children 12 and under.
The deal: Sayra’s Wine Bar opened this summer in a space that had been decimated by Hurricane Sandy. The two owners, Rashida Jackson and Patrick Flibotte, are Rockaway Beach residents, who conceived and designed the restaurant. The interior uses reclaimed materials. The restaurant pairs wines with small plates and hosts weekly events such as outdoor movies in the summer and jazz nights.
The dish: Sayra’s Wine Bar relies on recipes passed down from the owners’ families and pairs the dishes with reasonably priced wines. Flibotte’s father shared his recipe for pulled pork sliders and Jackson’s mother donated her recipe for spicy meatballs — see photographs of both dishes after the jump. Both hearty dishes pair well with a Malbec, particularly the bar’s Ernesto Catena ‘Tahuan’ Mendoza, Argentina 2010. The dishes “bring out the notes of black cherry and blackberry in the Malbec,” according to Jackson. Although diners can take the wine recommendations with them when they leave, getting these secret family recipes is off the table.
Here’s a single family house in Forest Hills that is not a Tudor from Forest Hills Gardens. This Colonial-style home at 108-14 67th Road has five bedrooms, a finished basement, a garage and a large backyard. The interior has some good bones but the listing left out pictures of the kitchen, which makes us nervous. It’s asking the not-insignificant sum of $1,599,000. Any predictions on its selling price?
A walk through the neighborhoods of the northern part of Queens, College Point, Whitestone, even Bayside, will reward the urban enthusiast with glimpses of the small Long Island North Shore towns they used to be. There are town centers at 14th Avenue and 150th Street in Whitestone, along College Point Boulevard between 14th and 18th Avenue, and Bell Boulevard between Northern Boulevard and 35th Avenue. The spaces between these town centers, once meadows or farmland, have been filled with block after block of one and two-family homes and seem to have been thoroughly “folded” into a uniform Queens fabric: definitely not the dense, urban feel of a Soho or a Park Slope, but not the thoroughly suburban atmosphere of a Levittown or Hicksville.
The two “northeasternmost” of Queens’ neighborhoods, Douglaston and Little Neck, however, have a different tone: they somehow seem carved out of the rather exclusive, monied precincts of the Nassau County townships immediately to the east, Great Neck and Manhasset. Both neighborhoods are served by a short shopping strip along Northern Boulevard, and the area’s hilly topography doesn’t lend itself to block upon block of similar-looking ranch houses.
The Moderne bank at Little Neck Parkway and Northern Boulevard, with its formidable eagle, was designed in 1927 by Paul LaVelle, who had previously worked with Stanford White. Little Neck National Bank was initiated by local realtor Bryce Rea, William Hutton and the aforementioned William Van Nostrand. It has been a Chase branch for over 30 years.
Across the street from the Chase was the Scobee diner, where future CIA director George Tenet bussed tables back in the Super Seventies. The diner opened in 1965, but closed in 2010, citing a catastrophic rent increase from the landlord. The diner was finally demolished in 2013, and a Citibank will rise in its place.
Yesterday the outgoing Borough President Helen Marshall celebrated the opening of a $23,000,000 event atrium at Borough Hall. The New York Daily News reports that the Forum, as it’s called, is 11,000 square feet and will be used for civic meetings and public events. According to the News, “The three-story space, featuring a large stage with floating canopy, can host 450 people for meetings, concerts and other events. New bathrooms are also in the works.” Construction should totally wrap early next year. Marshall received some flack for these plans over the rising price tag of the project, which started at $17,000,000. And since the city built the Forum over an open courtyard, the removal of cherry blossom trees for construction caused a little controversy.
Regardless, Marshall celebrated the space yesterday, stating, “For decades, public hearings and other public events were held in cramped and unimproved quarters upstairs. Now, for the first time, the people of Queens will have a fitting public space in our county seat of government.”
Today the developers of the Crowne Plaza Hotel, slated for the corner of Crescent Street and 42nd Road, will break ground at the construction site. The 11-story hotel will have 224 rooms, banquet facilities, a conference center, a rooftop bar and a “grand ballroom” for as many as 300 guests. The ground floor will also hold a restaurant, bar and lounge area, a banquet hall and an outdoor eatery. Royal Hotels and Resorts is behind the development.
Over the summer, a construction fence was up around the site but only demolition work had taken place. The hotel is expected to open in the first quarter of 2016.