05/28/15 12:00pm


This two-bedroom stock co-op is in a two-story building built in 1950. The apartment is on a quiet, tree-lined street in Whitestone. The kitchen is narrow but has lots of counter space, and the living room and bedrooms are spacious. There is a washer and dryer in the apartment, 24-hour security, and a parking garage is available (subject to waiting list). The ask is $250,000 with an estimated monthly mortgage of $969.30. All utilities are included in maintenance.

The QM16 and Q20 buses are on the same street, and the Q76 is a quick walk away. There are playgrounds, public schools, and dining options in the area. The Whitestone Expressway, Cross Island Parkway, and Clearview Expressway are all within a five minute drive. Click through for more photos.

163-57 Willets Point Boulevard U [Keller Williams Realty Landmark] GMAP (more…)


This two-bedroom co-op home in the Historic District of Jackson Heights was built in 1928. The home features wood floors throughout, high ceilings, archways, and a large eat-in kitchen. There is also a small inner garden in the building. The ask is $295,000 with an estimated monthly mortgage of $1,143.77.

The building is three blocks away from the 7, E, F/M, and R trains, and the Q32, Q33, and Q49 are on the same block. Travers Park, Jackson Heights Library, and public schools are all within walking distance. There are also a lot of dining options in the neighborhood. Click through for more photos.

82-06 34th Avenue, #1 [East Coast, Realtors Inc] GMAP (more…)

04/24/15 12:00pm


This two-bedroom co-op in Astoria has a lot of space, high ceilings, and a lot of light throughout. The building, part of Acropolis Gardens Development, was built in 1923. There isn’t much counter space in the kitchen, but there’s room for a table or a kitchen island.

The N and Q trains are a quick walk down the street, and there are plenty of dining options nearby. There are also multiple grocery store options in the area, and the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden is a ten minute walk away. The ask is $309,000 with an estimated monthly mortgage of $1,162.43. Click through for more photos.

21-58 35th Street, #5 [Keller Williams Landmark II] GMAP (more…)

05/12/14 11:00am


The other day, I was wandering along the Boulevard of Death, aka Queens Boulevard.

As I walked along this decidedly unfriendly-to-pedestrians street, I pondered Mayor de Blasio’s recent announcement of his “Affordable Housing” initiatives and what that means for Queens. That’s when I noticed the Mitchell-Lama funded Big Six rising against the horizon, right around 60th Street in Woodside.

From Wikipedia:

The Mitchell-Lama Housing Program is a non-subsidy governmental housing guarantee in the state of New York. It was sponsored by New York State Senator MacNeil Mitchell and Assemblyman Alfred Lama. It was signed into law in 1955 as The Limited-Profit Housing Companies Act (officially contained in the Private Housing Finance law, article II titled Limited-Profit Housing Companies and referring to not-for-profit corp., whereas article IV titled Limited Dividend Housing Companies refers to non-Mitchell-Lama affordable housing organized as business corp., partnerships or trusts from 1927 on).

The program’s publicly stated purpose was the development and building of affordable housing, both rental and co-operatively owned, for middle-income residents. Under this program, local jurisdictions acquired property by eminent domain and provided it to developers to develop housing for low- and middle-income tenants. Developers received tax abatements as long as they remained in the program, and low-interest mortgages, subsidized by the federal, state, or New York City government. They were also guaranteed a 6% or, later, 7.5% return on investment each year. The program was based on the Morningside Gardens housing cooperative, a co-op in Manhattan’s Morningside Heights neighborhood that was subsidized with tax money.

LIC Daily Star image courtesy fultonhistory.com

Unveiled in February of 1959, and completed by 1963, the eponymous Big Six towers were built by Typographical Union No. 6 – known in its heyday as Big Six. The buildings were erected as a non profit co-op for members of the union in Woodside.


06/04/13 12:00pm

Here’s an attractive prewar apartment for sale on the sixth floor of 77-35 113th Street in Forest Hills. The three-bedroom apartment has a corner exposure and original hardwood floors and other original details. The kitchen has been attractively renovated but the bathrooms feel a little dated. The monthly maintenance is $1,452 and the asking price is $555,000.
77-35 113th Street [Douglas Elliman] GMAP