12/22/14 4:00pm


Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Court Square Blog — Happy Birthday, CSB! — and in honor the website put together a great complication of construction around Court Square. CSB mapped fifteen different project going on in the area, including many projects by Rockrose, a 108-unit hotel room, the massive under-construction development QLIC, and Tishman Speyer’s huge, three-building Court Square development. In short, this small area is dominated by new construction. Check out the full post right here.

12/22/14 3:00pm


Recently we checked out the Flushing development site at 36-18 Main Street, off of Northern Boulevard. Rendered above is a 14-story residential tower, which will be part of a larger development that should also include lots hotel and office space. (Or at least, that’s what the developer sought a variance for earlier this year.) But looking at the most recent rendering posted on the construction fence, and the rendering previously released, it seems the plans may have changed up a bit. The DOB issued building permits for this residential tower over the summer.

Needless to say, not much has gone down construction wise — after the jump, check out a picture of the site. The anticipated completion date is the spring of 2018.

Variance Approved for Hotel and Office Tower in Downtown Flushing [Q'Stoner] GMAP


12/22/14 1:00pm


After a stressful holiday season, it’s time for a day in the country. Wander around 47 acres of planting fields, farm animals, an orchard, an herb garden, a beautifully decorated historic house, and a greenhouse complex. Drink freshly mulled cider and, most important, stay in the borough. The Queens County Farm Museum will hold afternoon open houses on December 26th, December 27th, and December 28th featuring tours of the restored Adriance Farmhouse. Third-generation agriculturalist Jacob Adriance built this three-room, Dutch-style residence in 1772. It was doubled in size by Peter Cox between 1833 and 1840. The Creedmoor Psychiatric Center took over the property in 1927, and as patients tilled the land, the house was used by staffers until 1973, when the entire property was converted into a working farm museum.

Details: Holiday Open HouseQueens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, December 26th, December 27th, and December 28th, noon to 4 pm, free.


Photos: Queens County Farm Museum

12/22/14 12:00pm


This Jackson Heights co-op unit comes from the postwar development The Carlton House at 34-41 85th Street. (It’s unit #5X, which sounds a little intense, no?) The listing claims it is “our most spacious floor plan,” and we’ve gotta admit, the place is large. You’re not going to get any of that pre-war charm but we are sure buyers will be attracted to two bedrooms, a private terrace, and a total of 1,135 square feet. The terrace looks just lovely, and there’s a common garden for the building as well. The ask is $459,000 with monthly fees of $1,181. No board approval required for this one.

34-41 85th Street, #5X [Douglas Elliman] GMAP

12/22/14 11:00am


Everybody has their own holiday traditions. Having grown up in a Jewish family, I was always left out of the whole Christmas thing. Saying that, my family had a December tradition of piling into the car and checking out the decorations which the “goyem” had deployed. My family wasn’t unique in this, of course. A girlfriend in high school’s family actually gave the practice of driving around the neighborhood seeking Christmas lights into something they called “Klooking.” The name came from the kids saying “Look Look Look” which soon became LOOKLOOKLOOOK as they drew close to a particularly outlandish display.

Just the other night, I convinced a friend to drive around Astoria for a while, and go “Klooking.” Here’s some of what we saw while driving around the neighborhood.


More after the jump… (more…)

12/22/14 10:00am


The Addabbo Family Health Center, located along Central Avenue in the Far Rockaways, is getting a major addition. The Daily News reports that the health center, serving one of the most medically underserved parts of Queens, is taking over vacant, city-owned land to expand 18,000 square feet. The $16,000,000 expansion will increase Addabbo’s capacity by 50 percent, holding exam rooms and new specialists in podiatry, endocrinology and ophthalmology.

The project will also create around 60 full-time jobs and 100 construction jobs. Work on the expansion should last until 2018.

Rockaway Health Center Set for $16 Million Expansion to Help Serve a Growing Number of Patients [NY Daily News]

Image by Zbig Jedrus Photography

12/22/14 9:00am

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Flushing’s RKO Keith’s Theater, a movie palace that opened in 1928, is now known for its long and troubled history. Notably, the Flushing developer Thomas Huang was found guilty of partially gutting the landmarked interior and dumping 10,000 gallons of oil in the basement during redevelopment. The building then moved on to a few different owners and has pretty much sat vacant for more than 20 years. The most recent news, announced this summer, was that new developers — JF Equities — were moving forward to build condos at the site, while preserving the landmarked theater lobby and ticket booth. We got an update from Jonathan Karlik at JF Equities, who offers some more details on the development to come: “In terms of a final product, generally speaking, we plan for approximately 270 condominium units, a 300 car parking garage, and approx. 43,000 SF of commercial/retail space (including a community facility approx. 17,000 SF). Of course, none of these numbers are finalized yet. We plan to complete the project sometime in 2017.”

A Q’Stoner tipster was able to get into the construction site and see what’s gone down as of late. And here is their report:

The old RKO Keith’s is a beautiful wreck. The seats are long gone, and most of the stage is demolished, leaving a muddy, graffiti-covered hole. But plenty of intricate wooden details around the stage have survived, like carved scrolls, twisting columns and cherubs. As you go further into the building, most of the details have been stripped, salvaged or demolished.

Little remains of the upper lobby except for a few arched doorways and some urinals, and a damaged but elegant balcony is the only interesting piece left in the rear mezzanine. Unfortunately, the landmarked part of the lobby was locked, so you can’t see what it looks like now.

It looks like more of the interior has been demolished since Matt Lambros, the author of After the Final Curtain, took photos in 2011. But Jonathan Karlik assured us that none of the landmarked portion has been touched: “We have a landmark preservation consultant on board with us and we have spent significant time and money to ensure this. There has been no demolition to the landmark space whatsoever. Any work that has been done was done with a LPC approved soft demo permit to clean up and protect the area. We plan to restore the landmarked area to its original condition. We have over 100 crates of salvaged material in storage and plan to implement pieces into our final product.”

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After the jump, see the incredible interior photos for yourself…

All RKO Theater coverage [Q'Stoner]


12/22/14 8:30am


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