On Thursday, November 13, the Long Island City Partnership is hosting its 27th Annual Trade Show and Luncheon. The event, which will highlight the neighborhood’s exceptional economic growth over the past year, as well as its diverse mixed-use business landscape, is bringing over 100 exhibitors and thousands of attendees together. It’s an opportunity to network and celebrate the wide range of Long Island City businesses, which covers everything from construction, catering, commercial banking, leasing to cultural institutions, city and state business assistance, and continuing education. (more…)
Sometimes Queens is so diverse it’s scary. Upcoming Halloween events include everything from senior events to youth events; cemetery fun to casino fun; and food-making to mask-making. And let’s not even begin to discuss all the great neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. To aid decision-making, the Queens Tourism Council suggests the following activities because they combine enjoyment with safety, enrichment, and even some sweet treats. They appear on the jump page.
Q’Stoners, where do you take your kids to go trick or treating? In yesterday’s events post, there was some disagreement on whether or not Forest Hills and Forest Hills Gardens is a good place to stop for candy. Leave your suggestions in the comments below so we know what neighborhoods to hit up tomorrow evening!
What a beauty in Douglaston! This historic Colonial is actually nestled in the woods, and looks like it belongs somewhere in Massachusetts, not New York City. The interior, which holds four bedrooms and three bathrooms, is very nice, with a renovated kitchen and a sauna in the master bath. There’s also a large deck that looks out onto the backyard, although the listing doesn’t provide a photo. For some New England living in Queens, $999,888.
Two interesting stories concerning Astoria popped up in the news this morning. The first is an article by Queens Courier on the new development at 14-07 Broadway, called The Baron. The developers released the above rendering, designed by Raymond Chan, and the finished product will be a 73,500-square-foot, 77-unit condo development. The one-, two- and three-bedroom units will be sized around 600, 1,000 and 1,550 square feet, and each one will come with a terrace. Amenities include a garden, roof terrace, kid’s play area, gym and bicycle racks. No word on pricing yet, but the building should be ready for occupancy around the spring of 2016.
Next, the New York Times highlighted Ditmars, where a wave of younger residents are moving in to rent and young families (attracted to Public School 122) are looking to buy. Two-family homes in the area now sell for as much as $900,000 to $1,000,000, with rentals averaging at $1,600 to $1,800 a month for a one bedroom, $2,000 to $2,500 for a two bedroom and $3,000 for a three bedroom. As a longtime resident told the Times, “A lot of the young people who don’t want to live in the city and pay high prices are coming in here. It’s like what happened to Williamsburg.”
When you have the sort of interests that I do, a lot of time is spent looking through the little plexiglass windows of construction fences. Back in 2008, when the economy crashed and derailed a lot of the development plans, many of these temporary barriers became somewhat permanent fixtures. That’s no longer the case, obviously, as a surge of new construction is under way all over LIC. Unfortunately, one of the historic buildings we’ve already lost to this process is the former Neptune Meter Company factory building on Jackson Avenue nearby Court Square.
It’s not John Thomson’s Neptune Water meter company that we’ll miss though, instead it’s the street artist hub which was known as 5Pointz.
In honor of the upcoming New York City Marathon, Streeteasy put together this fun infographic on the fastest- and slowest-selling neighborhoods along the marathon route. Long Island City won, with condo, co-op, townhouse and single-family properties spending a median of 19 days on the market. (That’s it??) The median sales price in LIC is $607,500. The other neighborhoods making up the top five are all in Brooklyn, landing a median of 35 days on the market or less: Boerum Hill, Gowanus, Clinton Hill and Williamsburg. One slow-selling neighborhood in Queens noted by Streeteasy is Hunters Point, where properties spend a median of 75 days on the market.
Here’s a note from Streeteasy regarding the methodology: “StreetEasy tracked median sale prices for properties within two blocks of each side of the New York City Marathon route that were sold in 2014 (through Oct. 21) and median days on market for properties that entered into contract in 2014 (through Oct. 21).” They refer to LIC as the “dark-horse winner.”
The Kissena Corridor Park Conservancy is trying to raise money to transform a weeds-choked section of Kissena Corridor Park, in Flushing, into a meditation garden. Queens Courier reports that the conservancy raised $160,000 with allocated funds from local pols. Although the Parks Department approved the plans, they will not contribute to any funding. The Conservancy believes the garden, which would include cedar of Lebanon trees, lighting, a water feature, flowers and bushes, will need at least $1,000,000 for construction. The plans for the meditation space are finalized so once the money is together, work can begin.
There aren’t any details on how the Conservancy plans to raise the rest of the money, but they’ll likely take it up with local council members. If it works out, the location will be right across from the New York Hospital Queens.
This week, L+M Development Partners and the Department of Housing Preservation cut the ribbon at Arverne View, a renovated Mitchell-Lama affordable housing complex in the Rockaways. The event marked the conclusion of a pretty amazing story — L+M closed on the severely run-down complex right before Sandy hit, and the hurricane pretty much wiped out all 11 buildings. What followed was a $60,000,000 interior and exterior renovation to storm proof the complex and upgrade the apartments. The 1,093-unit complex is now 100 percent occupied; before Sandy there were 350 vacancies.
The film above, which is produced, directed and edited by Jason Hutt, chronicles that whole story. The film looks at the history of the Rockaways and the inception of Mitchell-Lama development, the eventual decline of the complex (then called Ocean Village), and L+M’s strategy for taking on the massive amount of work to be done after Hurricane Sandy. It was filmed over 20 months with over 17 hours of footage and eight hours of interviews. Well worth a watch.