10/15/14 3:00pm

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A 90,000-square-foot building and parking garage, situated at 163-05 and 163-25 Archer Avenue in Downtown Jamaica, just sold for a whopping $22,000,000. Queens Courier reports that the former owner, Gertz Plaza, sold the site — which is prime for development — to buyers Jamaica Tower. The new owners have yet to file any building or demolition plans with the DOB, but it looks like this may go residential. The developers can build up to 719,736 square feet here.

A rep from Massey Knakal who handled the sale told the Courier, “It is the largest site to trade since the downturn and will be a catalyst for the Jamaica development market moving forward… We received numerous bids in a short period of time from developers that were priced out of other areas in the city and see tremendous value in the downtown Jamaica market.”

Massive Downtown Jamaica Development Site Sells for $22 Million [Queens Courier]

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10/15/14 2:00pm

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Kennedy’s Restaurant, shuttered nearly two years due to Hurricane Sandy, is planning to reopen later this month in Breezy Point. (The original hope was to reopen this summer.) Rockawayist noticed that the building scaffolding just came down, “revealing a beautiful new clapboard façade that blends in effortlessly on the shore.” The owners also added a new glassy space to accommodate 50 more seats.

The historic restaurant, located right on the waterfront with views of Manhattan, opened in 1910 and was originally a casino.

Elbow Bend: Kennedy’s Set to Reopen [Rockawayist]
Checking in at Kennedy’s Restaurant, Still Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy [Q'Stoner]

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This past May 18th, Flushing Meadows Corona Park hosted a 50th anniversary celebration of the 1964 World’s Fair opening with a full day of activities, including tours, rides, food, various concerts, and a fireworks show. This Sunday, New York City’s fourth largest park will commemorate the closing of the World’s Fair with another full day of fun, including a massive scavenger hunt. More info after jump.

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10/15/14 12:00pm

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Here’s another cheap rental to come out of Ridgewood, this one at 20-21 Woodbine Street near the Forest Avenue M. It looks quirky, probably ideal for a share setup. The listing photos don’t really give a sense of size and there’s no square footage listed — the kitchen, however, appears spacious. In the end this apartment will get some interest because of the asking rent. It first hit the market asking $1,880 and it was just raised to $1,895. Still cheap for a three bedroom, if all the bedrooms are decently sized.

20-21 Woodbine Street [Prime Realty] GMAP

10/15/14 11:00am

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In the spring of 1939, the front pages of the local New York papers were abuzz with news of the coming war in Europe. Hitler was advancing on Poland, the French were readying their own army, knowing they were next, and the British were calling up their airmen to active duty, securing their shoreline, and preparing their military and civil defenses. Here in the United States, President Roosevelt was assuring the American people that we were ready to go to war, but only if we had to. He was seeking some kind of diplomatic solution before another world war broke out.

In the middle of all of this global news, the local headlines were more concerned with another battle; the ongoing war between Mayor LaGuardia and his law enforcement officials and a rich, well-connected and affable bookie named Frank Erickson. His story began in our last Queenswalk. The 1930s had been a tumultuous time here in the city. The Great Depression had devastated society, creating the perfect climate for organized crime to grow and flourish. The newspapers, radio, even the movies, echoed the fear and fascination the populace felt towards the crime lords and their minions who made up The Mob. (more…)

10/15/14 10:00am

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Over the next few months, the MTA plans to outfit 29 different Queens subway stations with underground wi-fi service. The MTA will make the official announcement on the matter tomorrow, according to the Wall Street Journal, and until then we don’t know the full list of stations. LIC’s Court Square-23rd Street station, serving the E, M, 7 and G lines, will definitely be included.

Royal Caribbean Cruises is sponsoring the free service, which is expected to be paid for privately and cost taxpayers nada. The rollout will also include 11 stations in Manhattan. Stay tuned for the full list of what’s included in Queens…

New York Subway Cell Service to Grow [WSJ]

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Today, according to the Daily News, the city kicks off the lottery for affordable units at Hunters Point South. Nearly 50,000 NYC residents are expected to enter the lottery for 924 apartments. Applications can be submitted through the NYC Housing Connect website. The Hunters Point South website is also filled with lots of goodies, including rental prices, application instructions and a mailing list. (Thanks to We Heart Astoria for directing us there.) As you can see above, apartments are designated for both low and moderate income households. Prices under the moderate income bracket range from $1,561 to $4,346 for a studio to three bedroom; prices under the low income bracket range from $494 to $959. As We Heart Astoria says, “We have to say — the numbers in the moderate income table seem kind of high.” We agree, although those prices are significantly lower than the median price for an LIC studio this September, at $2,293.

We couldn’t find the actual income restrictions — for affordable NYC housing, you need to make a certain amount of money to be considered for certain types of apartments, and usually the bracket is quite limited. Community Board Two residents (Sunnyside, Woodside and LIC) will be given priority over other applicants on 50 percent of these units. Applicants have 60 days to submit applications; they will know if they’ve been picked for an affordable unit by early next year. UPDATE: See all the income restrictions broken down after the jump.

Long-Awaited Lottery to Begin for Two Towers of Affordable Hunter’s Point South [NY Daily News]
Hunters Point South Rental Listings Are Now Available [WHA]
All Hunters Point South coverage [Q'Stoner]

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10/15/14 8:30am

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Influx of New Commercial Centers Arriving in Bayside [Queens Courier]
City Agency, Office Space Provider Ink Forest Hills Leases [Commercial Observer]
QueensWay Could Transform Area’s Retail Scene: Brokers [TRD]
Graffiti Complaints Soar 120 Percent in Woodside [DNAinfo]
‘Green’ Playground Featuring Fitness Station and Murals Opens in Rego Park [DNAinfo]
Dumplings & Noodle Eatery to Open on 46th Street [Sunnyside Post]
New Look: 28 on 28th, 42-12 28th Street, Long Island City [New York YIMBY]
Eastern Queens Sees Action on Two Huge Development Sites [New York YIMBY]

10/14/14 4:00pm

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As we mentioned earlier, Friends of the QueensWay presented a $120,000,000 proposal to develop a stretch of abandoned Long Island Railroad tracks today. Here’s a photo of the presentation, which took place outside the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in Forest Hills. (See more images of the event at the Friend of the QueensWay Facebook.) Reps from the Trust for Public Land, the Executive Director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce, and other supporters and community leaders were in attendance.

The proposal — developed after a number of community workshops — includes outdoor nature classrooms, exercise stations, a commuter route, a bike trail, an arts hub, a rock climbing wall and food concessions. Trees, fencing and footpath-level lighting were designed to address privacy concerns for surrounding homes. We published a few new renderings this morning, and you can see some more right here. Friends of the QueensWay also debuted a new website which offers many more details on their park proposal.

All QueensWay coverage [Q'Stoner]