07/24/14 3:00pm

42-38 CRESCENT STREET-demo

The Department of Buildings just issued demolition permits for 42-38 Crescent Street (pictured) and 24-12 42nd Road, two modest homes on either side of the empty lot at the corner of Crescent and 42nd. A Flushing developer picked up all three parcels for $5,300,000 back in November.

So far, the DOB has not issued any permits for new development here, but we suspect that’ll happen once demolition finishes up. The site totals 6,739 square feet. Each lot boasts a FAR of 5 and is zoned M1-5/R7-3/LIC, meaning a large residential build is possible on this corner.

Three Parcels Near Queens Plaza Purchased for $5.3 Million [Q'Stoner] GMAP

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Tonight from 7 to 10 pm, the Queens Museum is hosting This Ain’t Havana: Paladar in Queens. It’s a food/art/architecture collaboration by the artist Craig Shillitto and the Museum’s Cuban architects-in-residence Yoandy Rizo Fiallo and Osmany García Fuentes. Here’s what to look forward to: attendees will get to try a variety of Caribbean, Central and South American barbecue for free. Here are event details from the website:

Bringing together Queens pit and grill masters from an array of Latin American barbecue traditions, ‘This Ain’t Havana’ uses their small dishes as a symbolic journey throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America. Guests will gather at a ‘migrating’ table that during the course of the installation will be simultaneously added to and deconstructed, its materials being used to fuel the BBQ that is providing the evening’s fare. With food, drink, and fire, this participatory art project has something for everyone.

Sounds like our kind of thing. While the event is free, you must RSVP. You can do that here.

07/24/14 1:00pm

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It is the original world music. Klezmer is a genre of mostly celebratory dance tunes of the Ashkenazi Jews that spread from Eastern Europe to the rest of the planet in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its name comes from the Hebrew words “kli” (tool or utensil) and “zemer” (to make music). Currently, Alicia Svigals (above) is without a doubt the world’s most accomplished klezmer fiddler. In addition to founding and leading the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, she has played with — or composed for — violinist Itzhak Perlman, playwright Eve Ensler of the Vagina Monologues, the late Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsburg, and even Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. This Sunday, she brings her talent and some friends (Brian Glassman on bass and Christina Crowder on accordian) to the Queens Botanical Garden, where she will make beautiful music in the Oak Allée alongside the bee, ornamental grass, perennial, rose, and woodland gardens.

More information and two more photos on jump page.

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85-12 110th street

Excuse us while we swoon over this Victorian at 85-12 110th Street, in Richmond Hill. The facade looks to be in excellent shape, and who wouldn’t want a house with a wraparound front porch? The interior shows promise but it’s going to need upgrading. Details like hardwood floors, moldings, arches and pocket doors are still there. But we’d imagine a buyer will want to renovate the kitchen and bathrooms. This is asking a total of $720,000 — what do ya think?

85-12 110th Street [Mitra Hakimi Realty Group] GMAP

07/24/14 11:00am

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To begin with, the only people who would commonly refer to this enormous example of early 20th century industrial architecture as “Ford” are Kevin Walsh and myself (and possibly Montrose). Modernity knows it simply as “The Center Building” and it’s found at 33-00 Northern Boulevard at the corner of Honeywell Street (Honeywell is actually a truss bridge over the Sunnyside Yard, just like Thomson Avenue, but that’s another story). This was once the Ford Assembly and Service Center of Long Island City, which shipped the “Universal Car” to all parts of the eastern United States and for cross Atlantic trade.

The recent sale of the building in December 2014, for some $84.5 million, was discussed by Q’Stoner back in 2013.

The term Carridor is one that’s entirely of my own invention.

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Last weekend, vandals broke into the New York State Pavilion at Flushing Meadows – Corona Park. The Daily News reports that they set fire to a stolen van. They also set fire to the tarp that covers the terrazzo map of New York State, embedded into the floor of the Tent of Tomorrow. Finally, they took a cinderblock to smash one side of the map, which is already worse for wear.

Preservationists fighting for the reuse of the iconic World’s Fair structure were devastated, especially considering that the movement for preservation is at an all-time high. (This bad news comes right after Borough President Katz allocated $5,806,000 for improvements for the structure.) Volunteers are considering ways to increase safety at the site and will possibly install an alarm. Pictured above, that’s John Piro of the New York State Pavilion Paint Project and Park Supervisor Vincent Musillo considering the damage to one of the map panels.

Vandals Break Into the Historic New York State Pavilion [NY Daily News]
All New York State Pavilion coverage [Q'Stoner]

Photo via the NY Daily News

07/24/14 9:00am

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More bad news for the Maspeth residents working to landmark the 1914 firehouse at 56-29 68th Street. The community wrote to the Landmarks Preservation Commission once Bill de Blasio stepped in as the new mayor, but the LPC research team said this month that the building was not eligible for landmarking. The LPC under Mayor Bloomberg also denied requests for designation.

The residents argue that the historic significance, the importance of the station during September 11th, and the firehouse’s centennial this year are solid reasons for landmarking. The LPC previously stated that they do not cite the Maspeth structure as a priority based on architectural significance, and they cannot count the events on September 11th as historically significant since the LPC calls for a 30-year minimum regarding historic relevance. The most recent rejection stated that “…to be eligible for consideration, a site must be greater than 30 years old, and the 9/11 Monument does not meet this criteria.” Steve Fischer, who is spearheading the landmark campaign, said this in an email: “We are frankly confounded by [the LPC's] repeated reference to a monument and we certainly question why the “30-year rule” has any bearing at all on our case. We have written a response to this latest LPC letter in which we try to clarify once again what the subject of our application entails and why it is worthy of consideration by the full Commission.” The neighborhood of Maspeth, despite being home to a number of historic buildings, does not have any landmarked structures.

After the jump, read the full letter just sent to the LPC in defense of the firehouse.

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07/24/14 8:30am

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BID Tensions Come to a Head in Jackson Heights [NY Daily News]
Garden Grows Next to LIRR Tracks for over 20 Years, Agency Unaware [Queens Courier]
New Juniper Valley Park Bocce Courts Met with Skepticism [Queens Courier]
Katz and de Blasio Remove Eight Queens Library Board Members [Times Ledger]
Boro Calls for Bike Share in Queens [The Forum]
Police Searching For Suspects In Vicious Hyland Park Gang Attack [A Walk in the Park]
LIC Residents Launch Hyperlocal Site Called ‘Tenant King’ [LIC Post]

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The New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex at Grand Central Terminal is opening a new exhibit that examines the futuristic visions of transportation at the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs. It’s a collection of postcards, photos, video, ephemera and souvenirs that show how transportation was a symbol for the future. The ’39 Fair showcased airplane and railroad displays, as well as a Futurama exhibit showing a model of 1960s America dominated by cars. And the ’64 Fair exhibited the launch of the Ford Mustang and Ford’s Magic Skyway, which took visitors on an automobile ride through the past, present and future of transportation. Even the famous mosaic map at the New York State Pavilion’s Tent of Tomorrow was marked with every Texaco service station.

The free exhibition opens on Saturday, July 26th and runs through November 2nd, 2014. Hours at the gallery annex are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm.

Photo courtesy of New York Transit

07/23/14 3:00pm

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This afternoon, Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, Borough President Melinda Katz, Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, and members of Queens Community Board 5 celebrated the opening of renovated, expanded bocce courts at Juniper Valley Park. The courts are located on the corner of Juniper Boulevard North and 79th Street, in Middle Village. There are now three courts, one of which was created new as part of the renovation. For the existing courts, the Parks Department repaired and resurfaced to improve play and comfort. They added new shade canopies made from recycled material at the ends of each court. There’s also a new sitting area between the courts, more comfortable benches, new fencing and additional trees and greenery. The renovation was funded with $800,000 allocated by the Borough President and $50,000 allocated by Council Member Crowley.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Commissioner Lewandowski accepted a set of bocce balls donated to the court in memory of a bocce player who raised his family near Juniper Valley Park.

Photo via Twitter