08/28/14 12:00pm


Historic on the outside, modern on the inside. That’s the story at 34-25 28th Street, a single-family home for sale in Astoria. While there looks to be an old staircase and wood floors in the living room, the rest of this home appears to be thoroughly renovated. The kitchen, with black oak cabinetry, is as sleek as sleek can be. And the three bedrooms look fairly standard when it comes to modern renovations. The asking price for 1,800 square feet of space here? $899,000.

34-25 28th Street [Realty Executives Today] GMAP

08/28/14 11:00am


Not too long ago, I answered my wife’s query of “Where are you going today?” with the simple answer of “Newtown, the center of Newtown.” She’s used to puzzling archaisms at this stage of the game, so she asked “Elmhurst?” and I said, “Yes, Elmhurst.”

Off I went and before long one arrived at the navel, as it were, of ancient Queens.

From “Historic Churches of America” by Nellie Urner Wallington, courtesy Google Books:

Of the Dutch Reformed families in early New York many removed from time to time beyond the limits of New Amsterdam securing for themselves broader sections of land for tillage and among them a number of such families settled in Long Island where they formed the hamlet of Newtown. Unable to support a minister and to maintain a church building of their own they joined hands with others of the same faith at Flushing and for a number of years worshipped there until December 2 1731 when a meeting of the resident members in Newtown was called to form plans for the establishment of a church organisation of their own and to devise means for the erection of a house of worship upon land contributed by Peter Berrien.

More after the jump… (more…)

08/28/14 10:00am


Macedonia Plaza, the city-sponsored affordable housing development at 36-08 Union Street in Flushing, will be occupied soon. We hear from a few tipsters that the move-in date is mid to late September. The HPD started accepting applications for the 142 rental units exactly one year ago. Apartments range from studios to three-bedrooms with rents from $500 to $1,196 a month, and the income range was from $19,063 up to $59,820 for a family of six.

This development was part of former Mayor Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan, a project created to encourage the development of subsidized housing. It includes 6,287 square feet of retail and 2,767 square feet of community space — no word if those spaces will soon be occupied, too.

Macedonia Plaza Now Accepting Affordable Housing Applications [Q'Stoner] GMAP

08/28/14 9:00am


The Roosevelt, the 31-unit rental located at 40-07 73rd Street off Roosevelt Avenue, is totally spoken for. Brokers from Citi Habitats inform us that the building is 100 percent leased; listings launched in October of 2013. Back then, the convertible two bedrooms started at $2,400 a month, with two bedrooms at $2,400 and three bedrooms at $3,600. All units came with their own outdoor space.

The Roosevelt made headlines when a penthouse unit rented for $4,100 a month, making it the most expensive apartment to ever rent in the neighborhoods of Woodside, Elmhurst or Jackson Heights. Citi Habitats didn’t negotiate on rents, although they offered apartments no fee with another offer for two months free on a 13 month lease. Before its life as a rental development, the Roosevelt was a failed condo project known as the Bravo. Guess rentals were the trick!

All 40-07 73rd Street coverage [Q'Stoner] GMAP

08/28/14 8:30am

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In Queens Primary, 2-Term Senator Faces Rival Seeking a Comeback [NY Times]
New Law Prohibits Hazardous Materials Dumping in Jamaica Bay [NY1]
Hunters Point Street Gets Speed Bumps After Years of Pressure [NY Daily News]
Parks Department Postpones Decade-Long Whitestone Project [Queens Courier]
Council Members Van Bramer, Levin Come Out on Top in TA Report Card [Streetsblog]
Demolition Finishes at 24-12 42nd Road [Court Square Blog]

08/27/14 4:00pm


Q’Stoner writer and the man behind Forgotten New York Kevin Walsh just announced a guided walking tour of Little Neck and Douglaston. It’s happening on Saturday, September 13th, beginning at noon at the Little Neck Long Island Railroad station and lasting for about three hours. (It ends in the same place.) Some details on the tour: “Here are some of Queens’ most outstanding vistas and some of its most beautiful and historic architecture in the neighborhood Forgotten NY’s Kevin Walsh calls home. Also included are gorgeous tree-lined streets, bayside vistas, hidden alleys and historic churches and cemeteries in this surprisingly historic region.” Tickets cost $15 for Greater Astoria Historical Society members and $20 for the public. Interested in attending? Just email info@astorialic.org.

08/27/14 3:00pm


Right before the Astoria Cove developer’s date with the City Council, Councilman Costa Constantinides penned a letter to the council expressing reservations about the 1,723-unit mega development. He echoed criticism made by the Community Board, Borough President Katz and housing advocates regarding affordable housing. While developers Alma Realty already agreed to designate 20 percent of the units affordable through the city’s Inclusionary Housing Program, Constantinides still has concerns. Crain’s explains: “As he sees it, a legal door has been left open to bump up the number of affordable units, but designate them all for households making several times the neighborhood’s median income.” Under the city program, Alma could build those 345 units promised for low-income households. But, they could also build close to 700 units for moderate-income households.

An attorney representing the development assures that “the commitment is that the affordable housing will be for the low-income band.” Constantinides has requested that promise in writing, so the developers wouldn’t be able to change it later down the line. The City Planning Commission and City Council are expected to weigh in on the project in the coming weeks.

Big Queens Development Draws Fresh Fire [Crain's]
All Astoria Cove coverage [Q'Stoner]

Rendering by STUDIO V Architecture

08/27/14 2:00pm


Sunnyside just got authentic Tibetan cuisine in the form of the Tibetan Dumpling Café, now open at 49-08 Queens Boulevard between 49th and 50th Streets. The menu includes a number of Tibetan classics, including thali, a traditional platter including rice, lentils, curried meat or vegetables, cooked greens, yogurt and homemade pickles, thenthuk, a hand-pulled noodle soup and momos, the very delicious handmade Tibetan dumplings made of chicken, beef or vegetables. The cafe is the only exclusively Tibetan restaurant now operating in Sunnyside. Sunnyside Shines released a press release with this statement by the owner, Tashi Chopel: “The neighborhood is beautiful and filled with different kinds of food from many countries over the world. We decided to add a little taste of Tibet in the mix of all the beautiful flavors. Tibetan dumplings are a must-try – they are made from scratch from dough knotting and mincing meat, to shaping, steaming and serving fresh. Momos are a big part of the Tibetan culture!” You can see a photo of him in front of the cafe after the jump.

The Daily News also gave the Tibetan Dumpling Café a little love this morning; Chopel tells the News that he hopes to bring more familiarity and name recognition to momos. GMAP


08/27/14 1:00pm


The Mets have hosted some unforgettable non-baseball moments in 2014, such as concerts by 50 Cent and Boyz II Men; the Citi Field Sleepover; The Wright Thing; and Dinosaur Education Day. Now as the Flushing team’s season winds down, there’s still some great sports drama to take place at Citi Field, as well as unique promotions and another live concert.

This Saturday, Yen-Hsun Lu (below), Taiwan’s top-ranked professional tennis player, will headline the tenth annual Taiwan Heritage Night by throwing out the first pitch before the Philadelphia Phillies game. Beforehand at Mets Plaza, fans will be able to check out Taiwanese aboriginal dance with Techno San Tai Zi and singing performances. The island near mainland China’s tourism mascot, Oh Bear, will interact with Mr. Met in the stadium and be available for photo opportunities with fans. Plus, the first 750 purchasers through a special online offer will receive a limited edition of Taiwanese cheering sticks.

On September 27th, Austin Mahone will perform after the Houston Astros game. This 18-year-old singer/songwriter is poised for stardom with several hit singles on iTunes, including “What About Love?” which peaked at No. 7, “Say You’re a Friend,” and “Banga! Banga!,” which climbed as high as No. 14.

Oktoberfest will take place on September 26th, when ticket purchasers will get access to a pre-game party in Bullpen Plaza and a limited edition Mets Oktoberfest Beer Glass.

There are also three remaining chances to take advantage of Free Shirt Fridays. Every attendee will get a uniquely designed Mets themed tee shirt at the August 29th game against the Phillies; the September 12th game against the Washington Nationals; and the September 26th game against the Astros.

There are also three remaining chances (August 31st, September 14th, September 28th) to enjoy Family Sundays, when there are family-friendly activities such as kids inflatables, face painters, balloon artists and entertainment at Mets Plaza starting at 11 am. After the final pitch, children can go onto the field and run the bases during the Mr. Met Dash.


Top photo: New York Mets; bottom photo: Yen-Hsun Lu

08/27/14 12:30pm

It’s U.S. Open time, and roughly 800,000 tourists will visit the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park during this internationally renowned, two-week competition. But that’s not the only outdoor fun on the horizon in Queens. Various concerts, ethnic street festivals, a beach movie, yoga, and a Mets salute to Taiwan mix with indoor activities such as foreign films and jazz jams this upcoming week. Here’s the rundown, broken down into kids, arts, outdoors, dance and music events.