12/19/13 11:00am
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A shot  acquired in 2010, when I happened to be standing in a south facing room within the Degnon Terminal’s former Loose Wiles building (LaGuardia Community College’s Building C, in modernity)… which overlooks the waters of the Dutch Kills tributary of Newtown Creek.

Dutch Kills is LIC’s ancestral waterway, which once flowed all the way to Queens Plaza, and is just a few blocks from Court Square and Thomson Avenue. Beyond the Long Island Expressway is the infinity of Brooklyn, and you are looking roughly south.

The Newtown Creek industrial district of New York City

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10/21/13 11:00am

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Long have I been intrigued by this little “fix a flat” building which sits at the cross roads of Greenpoint Avenue, Van Dam Street and Review Avenue on the Queens side of the infamous Newtown Creek in Blissville, Queens.

A lot of this Newtown Creek historian thing I do involves going to community meetings in Greenpoint, a “monitoring committee” or “alliance” or just some “friends of” gathering at which an elected official or designated regulator will speak. This consumes quite a bit of time, which is amplified in my case as I walk to the meeting from Astoria (I walk everywhere). Not a long stroll by any stretch — it’s roughly three miles — but sometimes it feels as if I spend most of my life walking to and from the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge. Accordingly, I spend a lot of my time moving through Blissville.

Run down, the little fix a flat building seems to be held together with tape and tacks, but there has always been something about the structure which caught my eye. “Something” seems significant about it, given its prominent location. Despite efforts at finding that something, it has always remained an enigma.

Until now, that is, thanks to the magnificent NYC Municipal Archives LUNA website. (more…)

03/15/13 9:30am

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Remember those historic millstones we told you about last September? There are two of them – probably from around the mid-1600s – and they’ve been sitting in the Dutch Kills Green, a pedestrian plaza near Queens Plaza. Local preservationists recently learned that a chunk broke off of one of the stones, where a crack had been earlier. It’s possible that the damage was due to being out in the harsh winter weather we experienced this year. Parks believes that it was the result of a previous relocation.

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01/11/13 1:00pm

Here’s a roundup of the properties we’ve featured on QueensNYC this week. There are two houses – one in Jackson Heights and one in Bayside – and two co-ops – one in Jackson Heights and one in Sunnyside.

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35-28 80th St., #42, Jackson Heights, NY 11372 (GMAP) - This 1 bed/1 bath co-op in The Greystone building in Jackson Heights is priced at $236,000. This building is on the fourth floor and the unit is a walk-up. It has a large living room, a renovated eat-in kitchen, lots of windows, and hardwood floors throughout. The building is located in the historic part of Jackson Heights that is full of co-ops. The 82nd Street express stop on the 7 train is a short walk away, about 3 long blocks.

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12/20/12 3:00pm

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Crain’s reports that on Tuesday, the Far Rockaway Beach Bungalow Historic District was nominated by the NY State Board for Historic Preservation to be in the New York and national registers of historic places. There are about 400 (down from 7,000 during Rockaway bungalow heyday) that remain and they survived Hurricane Sandy, “relatively unscathed”; from what we can tell from the maps, the boardwalk did better here than a lot of places.

This nomination could lead to the neighborhood becoming a historic landmark.

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09/17/12 3:00pm

Whether you’re looking for your dream home or just want to go on a scenic stroll, here is our guide to what we think are the five most beautiful streets in the entire borough. They have five different looks and vibes, but all feature lush greenery, appealing architecture, and historic charm – and most of them have been granted landmark status, so they’re bound to stay pretty for decades to come.

1. Bow Street, Forest Hills (GMAP)

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Wandering around Forest Hills Gardens gives you that “it’s hard to believe I’m in NYC right now” feeling. The curved, privately owned streets, palatial homes, and features like the private tennis club seem odd, considering how close they are to Queens Boulevard and the subway. (more…)

08/29/12 2:00pm

Summer’s still here (we think that sounds much better than “summer’s almost over”), and we hope you’re devoting your weekends to soaking up a few last outdoor adventures. If you enjoy stepping back in time while wandering around places like Governors Island – or have wanted to – then it’s time to check out Fort Totten Park, a lesser known historic gem in Queens. (more…)