03/31/15 12:00pm

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Check out this very cute one-bedroom rental at 47-37 45th Street, in Woodside. It’s in an older brick apartment building but everything in the apartment got a nice upgrade. We love the wood floors, and all the light from the windows. The monthly rent comes in at $2,500 a month. Thoughts? You can see more photos of the pad after the jump.

47-37 45th Street, #5 [Laffey Fine Homes] GMAP

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03/31/15 11:00am

When most New Yorkers think of Murray Hill, they likely think of the area on the east side of Manhattan, just south of the United Nations between 34th and 42nd Street and east of Madison Avenue…and they well might, since its tree-lined streets harbor beautiful brownstones, high rise buildings and townhouses. It is home to prominent professional, political and social clubs, as well as the recently renovated Morgan Library – a must visit for both NYers and visitors alike.

But this week, we’ll talk about the “other” Murray Hill, a neighborhood in Queens so secret that it toils in the shadow of its bustling, ambitious older brother Flushing. Like its namesake in Manhattan, it too is home to aged, eclectic and unusual architecture…but sadly, unlike Manhattan’s Murray Hill, its uniqueness is vanishing as we watch. It’s in Queens, after all.

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The brick-faced neo-Gothic St. John’s Episcopal Church is one of southern Murray Hill’s relics; a parish has been here since the very beginnings of the enclave in the the 1890s. In 1920, this building on Sanford Avenue and 149th Place replaced an earlier church that had burned down. (more…)

03/31/15 10:00am

Michael Perlman holding Legendary Locals of Forest Hills and Rego Park, March 2015 version 2

Michael Perlman, Forest Hills native, is the founder of the Rego-Forest Preservation Council and author of “Legendary Locals of Forest Hills and Rego Park.” The book, just released this year, tells the story of 200 Forest Hills and Rego Park notables who have shaped its culture, history and society. We chatted with him about his new book, the state of preservation work in Queens, his favorite “legendary local,” and much more.

Read the full interview after the jump. And if you’d like to purchase the book for yourself, you can do so at Arcadia Publishing or Amazon. (more…)

03/31/15 9:00am

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Yesterday the folks behind Citi Bike announced the bike share program’s ambitious expansion, according to The Daily News. The announcement pretty much confirms previous Department of Transportation reports that Citi Bike will arrive in LIC and Astoria this year — unfortunately Sunnyside still isn’t part of the initial Queens rollout. It also seems like there’s no exact timeline for the rollout. Citi Bike also plans to double the number of stations from 332 by 2017, and makeover existing docking stations.

The company Motivate now runs the bike-share program, and just overhauled nearly all of its existing 6,000 bicycles.

Citi Bike to Double Number of Stations, Add Bikes Throughout Queens, Brooklyn and Harlem [NY Daily News]
All Citi Bike coverage [Q'Stoner]

Photo by the NYC DOT

03/31/15 8:30am

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Newtown Creek Historian Speeks At Sunnyside Chamber Meeting [Queens Gazette]
Miami Ad School Leaving Brooklyn for Queens [Commercial Observer]
Ampiera Group Buys Downtown Jamaica Building for $14M [Commercial Observer]
Stock Up on Bicycle Parts and Drink a Beer at ‘Bike & Brews’ in Queens [DNAinfo]
Citi Bike Is Finally Making Some Improvements [Gothamist]
The Clock Tower, Once a Giant, Now the Little Guy [LIC Post]
Coyote Moves into Hunters Point, Gets Stuck on Roof Outside LIC Bar [LIC Post]
Outside Facade Work Nearly Done at Future Marriott Hotel [Court Square Blog]
Samuelsen: Reactivate the Rockaway Beach Branch ROW [2nd Avenue Sagas]

03/30/15 4:00pm

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The Department of Transportation already selected an ambitious plan to install Select Bus Service along Woodhaven Boulevard, but that doesn’t mean the work is finished. Community meetings are coming up for residents to give feedback on block-by-block street designs and proposed Q52 and Q53 bus stops. As you can see in the notice above, specific workshops cater to specific areas of the 14-mile thoroughfare.

Workshops take place on April 16th, 23rd, 29th and 30th. See a PDF of the full notice right here.

Final Design Unveiled for the Woodhaven Boulevard Select Bus Service [Q'Stoner]

03/30/15 3:00pm

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Apparently if you’ve got a modest home in Astoria with development potential, now is the time to sell. The house at 31-14 38th Avenue, between 31st and 32nd Streets, recently hit public records for $2.32 million. The two-family home sits on a large lot, with 4,473 square feet. It’s currently built up to a FAR of .41 but there is a potential FAR of 3 — meaning that a development more than three times the size of the current structure could be built here.

No clues from Department of Buildings permits when demolition will happen, but our guess is soon. The site is located just a few blocks from both the 39th Avenue N/Q and the 36th Street M/R. GMAP

Photo by Scott Bintner for PropertyShark

03/30/15 2:00pm

Sophocles, front, #2162, Athens Square Park, 3.26.15, photo by S. Drago

This Saturday, the Parks Department, Borough President Katz, local elected officials and elected officials from Greece unveiled the newly finished Sophocles sculpture in Athens Square. According to Parks, the sculpture of the Greek dramatist is the last of four sculptures to be installed at the park, which wraps up a longterm plan for Athens Square established in the late 1980s. (Socrates, Athena, and Aristotle are already on display here.)

Sophocles was fully funded as a gift to the city by the Athens Square Committee in Astoria. The artist, Astoria-based sculptor Chris Vilardi, designed a seven-and-a-half-foot-tall bronze full-standing figure which was cast at the Modern Art Foundry. It’s pedestal is made of Mountain Green granite quarried in Jay, New York.

Here are more details on the design from the Parks Department: “The artist has taken a “modern stylistic approach” that pays homage to the past, and represents Sophocles in ancient attire typical for a man of his stature. In his left hand he holds the mask of tragedy, a prop of Greek theater. Inscribed in classic Greek font on the base are details of his life, as well as signature quotations from his plays.”

NYC Parks Queens Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski stated that “This beautiful park feels complete with the installation of its fourth and final sculpture, Sophocles. The sculpture represents years of dedication and hard work and we give our sincere thanks to the Athens Square Committee for their partnership and support. This project would not have been possible without them and its installation is such a wonderful way to honor Greek Independence Day this year.”

Check out a photo of the dedication after the jump.

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03/30/15 1:00pm

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Who says Queens isn’t a great Spring Break destination? The Museum of the Moving Image will screen daily matinees of a remastered, 3-D version of The Wizard of Oz from April 3rd through April 12th, when the New York City schools are on spring recess. Considered a childhood rite of passage, this classic 1939 tale about Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow was nominated for six Academy Awards, including one for best picture, and won Oscars for original score and song. The museum will enhance the experience by offering a daily character design remix workshop during this period. (More information and another photo are on the jump page.)

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This semi-detached home is up for sale at 33-12 75th Street, in Jackson Heights. It’s got 1,820 square feet and three bedrooms. We’re not completely drooling over the interior but our guess is that this property will get a good deal of attention — everything looks to be in good shape, there’s a nice big yard, patio and a garage, and it’s priced at $800,000. It’s also in a nice location right by Travers Park. Readers, what do you think of this one?

Check out interior photos after the jump.

33-12 75th Street [Keller Williams] GMAP

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