02/13/13 11:00am

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Image source: NYDN – Engine Co. 268 in Rockaway Park

UPDATE: All firehouses are now city landmarks, as per the NY Times City Room.

The NY Daily News reports that Tuesday evening the Landmarks Preservation Commission scheduled a vote on city landmark designation for five firehouses throughout the city (two in the Bronx, two in Manhattan, one in Queens) and one of them is in the Rockaways. This 100-year-old building (above) is Engine Co. 268/Hook and Ladder 137 on Beach 116th St. It survived Hurricane Sandy.

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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…)