Today the Queens Botanical Garden announced that Macy’s and the National Recreation and Park Association will support the QBG through its “Heart Your Park” initiative this spring. Through the initiative, Macy’s stores around the country selected more than 500 local parks and green spaces to help raise money for. So from March 7th until March 31st, customers can donate $1 or more at their local store and 100 percent of donations will benefit that store’s selected park. Macy’s will match the total donation dollar for dollar up until $250,000.
Donations for QBG will be accepted at the register at both the Macy’s Flushing and Queens Center Mall (Rego Park) stores. Here’s a statement from QBG’s Executive Director Susan Lacerte: “We are thrilled to partner with Macy’s and NRPA for ‘Heart Your Park’ this spring. Through this wonderful program and donations by Macy’s customers, we are excited about the increased awareness and additional funding for Queens Botanical Garden. This park is a great asset to the community, and we greatly appreciate Macy’s support.”
You can’t tell from the photo, but a construction crew was out working hard at 47-27 5th Street, the LIC development site at 47th Road. It looks as if site work is underway, despite the DOB issuing new building permits back in September. The previously contaminated land was enrolled in the New York City Brownfield Cleanup Program for environmental remediation. Someday it’ll hold a four-story, eight-unit build — see a closeup of the building design after the jump.
Man, the popup restaurant Mu Ramen has had a crazy week. First, Pete Wells gave the restaurant, which operates out of Bricktown Bagel in Long Island City, a very favorable review in the New York Times. After the article ran, the folks at Mu received an overwhelming 2,000 reservation requests in 24 hours. The husband and wife team are currently trying to set up a brick and mortar location in LIC, so they decided to cancel all upcoming meals out of the bagel shop. Keeping track?
The latest news, as reported by LIC Post, is that it’s likely Mu Ramen will set up permanent digs at 12-09 Jackson Avenue, between 48th Avenue and 47th Road. That’s the former Malu location; the ice cream shop shuttered last month. The owners didn’t announce the move but have applied for a liquor license there. Their hope is to open the ramen restaurant by the summertime.
Remember: In Strawberry Fields, nothing is real. The Fab Faux, a world-renown Beatles tribute band whose members include Will Lee of Late Night with David Letterman and Jimmy Vivino from Conan O’Brien’s show, will perform at Flushing’s Colden Center on Saturday night. Famous for painstaking attention to detail and an unwavering respect for their idols, The Faux impeccably recreate the harmony, notes, sound and general experience of a Beatles concert, but with extra vocalists to achieve a double-tracked effect. For this show, the group will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show with a mixed set of favorites. They will be joined by the Creme Tangerine Strings and the Hogshead Horn.
Details: The Fab Faux, presented by JES Entertainment, Colden Center at Queens College, Kissena Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing, March 8th, 8 pm, $65/$55/$45.
Calling all loft dwellers! This rental comes from the Pistilli River View East co-op in Astoria, at 19-19 24th Avenue. It fits all the loft requirements: 18-foot ceilings, large factory windows and a lofted second floor. It’s a total of 2,333 square feet with three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Take the location into account — directly across from Astoria Park — and you’ve got a pretty nice apartment indeed. The monthly rent of $3,300 seems very reasonable to us, do you agree?
For a few years, I lived on one of the many blocks occupied by yellow brick row houses, here in Astoria. The block pictured above is 44th street between 30th and 31st avenues, for the curious. It’s the same block that Robert Deniro shot part of “A Bronx Tale” on. These are “barbell tenements” essentially, six railroad units on three floors with an air shaft in the middle.
This particular stretch of Matthews Model Flats in Astoria is just over a hundred years old (1911), as is a lot of the building stock in an area which I’ve been told was once called “the German Section” – “back in the day”. Model tenements are what they were built as, the affordable housing of its time, and while walking my little dog Zuzu one morning I began to ponder those bricks.
Those yellow bricks, with the little specks of glittery iron in them.
Everywhere you go, from Ridgewood to Maspeth to Astoria – you see those yellow bricks. Realizing that I had never thought about where bricks come from led to a bit of primary research about the history of brick manufacture in these United States, but don’t worry, that’s not what this post is about.
The first bricks in the English colonies in North America were probably made in Virginia as early as 1612. New England saw its first brick kiln erected at Salem, Massachusetts in 1629. The Dutch colonists in New Amsterdam imported yellow bricks from Holland, which imparted a Dutch character to the architecture of the city. The excellent quality and abundance of local clays in the colonies made it unnecessary to import bricks from across the Atlantic. Brick-making centers developed in Fort Orange (what is now Albany), New York; near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Burlington and Trenton, New Jersey, as well as along the Raritan River.
This is a more evolved form of the Matthews Flats, found over in Maspeth.
The Department of Transportation reached out to community leaders from Community Boards 5, 6, 9 and 10 about implementing Select Bus Service on Woodhaven Boulevard, reports the Forum Newsgroup. As the Forum says, “It was a positive discussion focused on safer streets, cleaner air, better quality of life and better traffic flow that will soon be opened up to the public.” Through SBS, the city hopes it can increase the speed of bus service by at least 15 percent and boost ridership as much as 10 percent. According to earlier reports, construction on SBS could start as soon as January 2015.
The DOT plans to hold a larger public meeting in April for more input on ways to improve bus service and the pedestrian use of Woodhaven Boulevard. The city has tried to address congestion on Woodhaven since 2009; so far the DOT installed a curb extension on the southern part of the boulevard and widened some medians. The thoroughfare is the site of 293 total crashes since February 2012.
A Flushing-based company just picked up two adjoining warehouse sites right outside of Hallets Point. The first property is 30-05 Vernon Boulevard (pictured left), an 8,050-square-foot lot that cost $3,000,000. The second property, which backs up to the first one, is located at 11-22 Wellington Court. That lot is larger — 10,500 square feet — but cost less, $2,700,000. Both are zoned for commercial and residential use, so it’s quite possible this is a future site of a very large residential build. According to PropertyShark, both lots combined allow as much as 55,650 buildable square feet.
Friends of the Queensway and the Trust for Public Land announced the second round of community workshops for the Queensway feasibility and planning process, the proposal to transform 3.5 miles of Long Island Rail Road tracks into a greenway. At the workshops, the QueensWay facilitators will present preliminary design concepts (wonder if they’ll look anything like these?), ideas contributed by residents during the planning workshops in November, and many other issues touching upon open space in Queens. Here are some issues that already came up in the series of community workshops held in November.
The first workshop of the month will be on Monday, March 24th from 7 pm to 9 pm. It’s at the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School, 91-30 Metropolitan Avenue (that’s two blocks east of Woodhaven Boulevard). Make sure you enter through the yellow entrance. Workshop #2 will be on Wednesday, March 26th from 7 pm to 9 pm. That one is at the High School for Construction Trades, Architecture and Engineering, 94-06 104th Street (one block south of Atlantic Avenue at 94th Avenue). Both workshops are free and open to the public.