Traveling is fun, but with Bolo and Claus it’s also funny. On May 26, these bilingual clowns will take two Queens Theatre audiences around the universe in search of the Green Dragon. Extremely shy and rumored to hang out inside an egg, the Green Dragon allegedly has a treasure trove of candy, chocolate, ice cream, lollipops and cookies that he’d like to share. To find him, Bolo and Claus perform hilarious hijinks as they traverse the planet, sail the oceans and cross the continents before landing on a mysterious island inhabited by elves, monsters, fairies and a witch. They finally find the egg, but they have to tell the tale of the Moon and the Stars, pass some tests, and follow some trails before everybody gets a treat. Bolo and Claus, who are made possible by Pedro Serka and Christian Hartwig, perform predominantly in Chile and Spain. This U.S. show was arranged due to popular demand in Queens. Details: Bolo and Claus, 1 pm for English, 3 pm for Spanish, Queens Theatre, $14.
Long Island City’s new development market is getting physical. A potential buyer charged through a line of roughly a dozen people at the opening of Five27 at 5-27 51st Ave, the Daily News reported. “He ran in by the agent after he was told to wait and tried to start looking around himself,” Modern Spaces founder Eric Benaim, who is handling sales, told the Daily News. “He hardly spoke any English. He was aggressive and we had to escort him out. I guess he really wanted to get in.” Price at the 27-unit building range from $430,000 to $1.3 million. The building is over half sold.
The Yankees and Manchester City, co-owners of the new New York soccer team, may already be backing away from their attempts to build a new stadium in Corona Park, according to the Times Ledger. The paper found documents that suggest that the teams are seeking to avoid turmoil and community opposition at the site, although a spokeswoman said Corona Park was still on the table. Other sites examined by Major League Soccer for a stadium include locations in the Aqueduct Racino in South Ozone Park, the Jamaica Long Island Rail Road station, Hallets Cove in Astoria, and Forest Hills, as well as three spots in Flushing Meadows.
Why has no one bought the First German Sport Club at 60-60 Metropolitan Avenue? Even if there aren’t a too many hipsters in the immediate area, the retro facade is so cool that we can see bearded types from Bushwick and broader Ridgewood making the trip. Or could the club’s mobster history be holding it back? In 2005, the Queens District Attorney brought charges against 17 members of the Genovese and Bonano crime families for running numbers out of this and two other locations. That didn’t stop the current owner from picking it up for $350,000 back in 2009. The current broker is Queens Central Realty at 718-417-0700. GMAP
Katch Brewery & Grill in Astoria celebrated its grand opening on May 16. Located at 3119 Newtown Ave., Katch is looking to become Astoria’s coolest new sports bar and beer garden. Unfortunately the beer garden isn’t open yet, but the sports bar is already getting good reviews. Serving 50 tap beers and a wide selection of food including burgers, chicken wings, pastas and salads, this will be a good place to catch the next game. Oh, did we mention they have more than 50 TVs?
The story of modern Queens began when the Queensboro Bridge (aka the Ed Koch Queensboro bridge, but nobody in Queens actually calls it that) opened for business in 1909. Before the great span opened, Queens was a patchwork of agricultural towns and villages that had more to do with Brooklyn and each other than with “the City”- as Manhattan was and is known. Queensboro sparked off an industrial revolution during the early 20th century, an age when Long Island City was referred to as the “workshop of America.”
According to the NYC DOT, the bridge carries better than 180,000 motorists and 800 bikers and pedestrians daily, using ten lanes for vehicles and one for foot and bike traffic. It’s 100 feet wide, 130 feet over the water, and at its longest point some 1,182 feet long. At one time it carried streetcar (trolley) tracks as well.
A great spot to contemplate the Queensboro Bridge is from the Penthouse808 rooftop lounge atop the Ravel Hotel at 8-08 Queens Plaza South.
It’s like the 80′s never ended! This house at 215-44 24th Avenue in Bayside certainly has a lot going for it on paper–over 3,300 square feet of space, two-car garage, water views of Little Neck Bay–but also it’s got a distinctive aesthetic that may not be for everyone. All that good stuff will cost you though: The asking price on the split-level house is $1,150,000. 215-44 24th Avenue [Citi Habitats] GMAP
It’s been a long haul for the Ridgewood Theater. The 34,000-square-foot property at 55-27 Myrtle Avenue first came on the market in May 2008 just two months after the lights went up on the last showing at the five-screen moviehouse. By 2010, the year that the facade was landmarked, the price was down to $3.9 million, according to Queens Crap. CPEX has had the Thomas White Lamb-designed property listed for $8.5 million in recent months, and an article in yesterday’s Queens Courier noted that the property is now in contract for $7 million. Based upon current zoning, a developer could add another 19,000 square feet for a total of more than 53,000 square feet. The identity of the Brooklyn-based buyers is unknown as are their plans for the place, but the seller has been marketing a rendering that shows a multi-level retail concept fronting on the Cypress Avenue side; many in the community are holding out hope that the site will remain devoted to entertainment purposes.
Click through below to see it along with a photo of the rundown but still quite beautiful interior. For more old photos go to Afterthefinalcurtain.net. Seems to us that the right price is probably somewhere between $6 and $7 million. GMAP (more…)