08/25/14 3:00pm


Here’s a look at the 22-22 Jackson Avenue construction site, right next door to the 5Pointz demolition. The foundation is in and it looks like the building will be rising soon. It’s going to be a 10-story, mixed-use building with 182 residential units, bike storage, a library, pool, gym and rooftop space. (You can check out a rendering for the boxy finished product after the jump.) The design is by ODA Architecture and the developer is Jeff Gershon, who purchased the site for $16,500,000. Construction started this spring, no word on how long it’ll last.

All 22-22 Jackson Avenue coverage [Q'Stoner] GMAP


08/25/14 2:00pm


A new boutique offering shoes, jewelry and accessories is opening soon in Astoria. The space, at 36–19 Ditmars Boulevard, is under renovation now and will be ready for its grand opening on Saturday, September 13th. Here are some details from the press release: “The shop will offer a hip and eclectic curation of name brands, local NYC designers, and trendy gifts, some of which are not available anywhere in the five boroughs.”

The owner, Nicole Panettieri, has worked in retail and style for the past 13 years and has lived in Astoria for the past two. She thought the area needed a unique, hip boutique — “an artistic alternative to the mall” as she says. She plans to run the store from Tuesday to Thursday 11 am to 8 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am to 9 pm, and Sunday noon to 6 pm. You can keep progress of the boutique at the Brass Owl Facebook page.

Photo via Facebook

08/25/14 1:00pm


Catch the sound wave! Two years ago, the inaugural LIC Concert Series consisted of one gig featuring two bands and several dozen attendees. In 2013, four bands performed for a total of roughly 600 fans. This year, the third annual event boasts five weeks of fun with 14 local entertainers who will bring everything from live music to yoga to children’s activities to Long Island City. The kick-off was last week, but the show will go on for the next four consecutive Sundays. See the full lineup after the jump.


08/25/14 12:00pm


This Colonial home is on the market in Douglaston, located at 46-37 Douglaston Parkway. It’s a beautiful property, with well kept historical details and a big grassy backyard. It’s hard to tell without a floor plan, but the ground floor looks quite open. And the only major renovation we think the place needs is in the kitchen. The asking price comes in at $948,888, think that sounds about right?

46-37 Douglaston Parkway [Station Realty of Douglaston] GMAP

08/25/14 11:00am


A rare weekend off found me at Astoria Park on Saturday morning. For the last couple of years, my wife has been getting up extra early on Saturdays to bring our little dog Zuzu over to the park for “off the leash” time, and has been after me to come along and witness the crowds of happy dogs, and their yawning owners, at play.

Since I had the day off from walking tours or any other nonsense and was up early anyway, I said “yes” and I’m glad I did.

More after the jump… (more…)

08/25/14 10:00am

shuttle-g-train-long-island-city We’ve never heard of commuters preferring temporary shuttle service to the actual subway, but with the G train — it doesn’t surprise us. DNAinfo reports that Long Island City and Greenpoint commuters found the shuttle to be much more reliable than the actual train. The G train has been out of service since July for Sandy-related repairs, and it starts up again Tuesday, September 2nd. The free shuttles run around every two to three minutes on McGuinness Boulevard and every four minutes on Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn, while they run about every five minutes at night. The train, on the other hand, runs every 8 to 20 minutes, given the time of day. Riders particularly love the shuttle frequency at nighttime, when the G is known to be most unreliable.

It’s too expensive for the MTA to maintain the shuttle service, so in September it’ll be back to G service as normal. And the MTA does not plan on altering (or increasing) the subway schedule once it’s running again.

G Train Shuttle Bus Runs Better Than the Train Did, Riders Say [DNAinfo]
Closing Bell: G Train Shuts Down for Five Weeks Starting Friday [Q'Stoner]

Photo by Serena Dai for DNAinfo

08/25/14 9:00am


26-16 Jackson Avenue, the 80/20 affordable and market-rate rental development built at the former Dykes Lumber site, is ready for residents. Curbed noted that the building started leasing over the weekend. MNS is handling the market rate rentals, which are priced from $1,984 a month for studios, $2,654 a month for one bedrooms, and $3,277 a month for two bedrooms. (The price includes one month free.) The affordable units went up for lottery this spring with prices ranging from $539 to $893 a month with income restrictions between $21,382 and $41,950. Here are some details of the development from the brokers:

All units offer stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors and generous closet space. On-site conveniences include a modern fitness center, virtual doorman and laundry room, but the true highlight is a furnished roof deck with panoramic views of the neighborhood and the Manhattan skyline.

The building will also hold around 5,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space. The 98-unit rental is the work of L+M Development and the architects GF55 Partners.

Even More New Long Island City Rentals Debut This Weekend [Curbed]
All 26-14 Jackson Avenue coverage [Q'Stoner] GMAP

08/25/14 8:30am


Time Marches On, Even at Fortress Astoria [NY Times]
To the Elevators, and Then to the Pit [NY Times]
Queens Serves Up New Tourism Campaign to Help Restaurants [NY1]
Central Library Unveiling in Jamaica [Queens Gazette]
Still Got It: Arunee Thai [Gothamist]
G Train Shuttle Bus Runs Better Than the Train Did, Riders Say [DNAinfo]
Construction Update: One Fulton Square [New York YIMBY]
Belief, the Skateboard Store, to Relocate to 29th Street [Astoria Post]
Bicyclists Come to Sunnyside to Support Bike-Friendly Businesses, Call for Bike Lane [Sunnyside Post]

08/22/14 4:00pm


Rockrose Development’s massive rental tower, the Linc LIC, is now 100 percent spoken for. Rockrose President Justin Elghanayan told The Real Deal that “It’s the first building of this scale to be fully leased in the area.” The development holds 709 units and rises 42 stories tall. Leasing launched a little more than a year ago, and we took a tour of the development last November.

Studios ranged from $2,155 to $2,450, one bedrooms from $2,595 to $3,600, two bedrooms from $3,505 to $4,000 and three bedrooms from $4,755 to $5,500. (A three-bedroom unit even leased for $6,500 a month.) According to TRD, residents paid an average of more than $50 per square foot. As Elghanayan said: “That’s a lot of money.”

Rockrose’s Jumbo Rental Building in Court Square Fully Leased [The Real Deal]
All Linc LIC Coverage [Q'Stoner]


This rendering popped up for 115-02 Jamaica Avenue, a new commercial building planned for the corner of 115th Street in Jamaica Richmond Hill. New York YIMBY reports that the three-story, 30,000-square-foot building will wrap construction later this year. The design is by Aufgang Architects.

This parcel was previously home to a prewar bank building. When the new commercial space opens, the ground floor will hold a Dollar Tree and Crunch Fitness will occupy the top two floors.

Revealed: 115-02 Jamaica Avenue [New York YIMBY] GMAP