02/26/13 9:30am

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Image source: Rockwell Group/Archtagon - the new gate planned for Kaufman Astoria studios

The NYDN reported on proposed developments happening on the Kaufman Astoria property that will be blocked off once the gates are installed on either end of 36th Street between 34th and 35th Avenues. We knew about the backlot that will be built (“where car chases can soon be filmed without film crews occupying entire city blocks”), but what we were unaware of until now is the other plans – to build a luxury hotel with a restaurant on an empty parking lot on 36th Street. Condos or rental apartments might be built nearby, too.

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12/31/12 9:30am

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Image source: NYDN

The Queens Chronicle went out and talked to some local Queens folks regarding their feelings on the Muni Meters – the new street parking system implemented by the city that eliminates the needs for individual parking meters. Some of the Queens neighborhoods in which they’ve been installed are Astoria, St Albans, Rosedale, Hollis, Auburndale, and Sunnyside. In 2013 they’ll be installed in the neighborhoods of Ozone Park, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Jamaica, Woodside and Corona.

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11/13/12 3:00pm

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Image source: Queens Chronicle – “A rendering of the United States Tennis Association’s planned expansion at Flushing Meadows Corona Park includes a new Grandstand, bottom left, a renovated Louis Armstrong Stadium, top right, and additional courts.”

We’ve heard a lot about the Major League Soccer stadium that is most likely coming to Flushing Meadows Corona Park, but another major sports venue also has expansion plans – the US Tennis Association. The Queens Chronicle reports that the expansion requires .68 acres of parkland along the Tennis Center’s eastern edge. They are calling it an upgrade and a “Strategic Vision.”

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10/16/12 11:00am

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Image source: NYDN

Last week the NY Times reported that Astoria City Councilman – and motorcyclist – Peter Vallone supports the idea of free parking for motorcycles in NYC, and is pushing for legislation to make it so. The reason? Muni Meters seemingly muck it all up:

“Currently, the vehicles are subject to Muni-Meter rates, as any car would be. But motorcyclists say enforcement is inconsistent, and contend that there is no suitable place on their vehicles to display the receipts. Some riders said receipts were often stolen, blown away, or damaged by rain.”

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10/10/12 2:00pm

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If you’ve taken the N/Q to and/or from Ditmars Boulevard (the northern terminus of the BMT Broadway Line), you’ve probably noticed a very large and very tall (relatively speaking) building being built on the east side 31st street between 23rd Avenue and 23rd Road; it’s about mid-block and feels right up against the subway tracks when you’re going past it on the train. Its address is 23-25 31st Street (GMAP) and it’s going to be the largest building in the immediate area, rising high above both local homes and at least meeting the height of the monolithic Amtrak overpass. (more…)

09/06/12 3:00pm

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Image source: Padriac on Flickr

Now that summer is over, street parking resumes on the streets of some neighborhoods in the Rockaways. The NY Times reports about this restrictive parking situation during the summer and holidays in the neighborhoods of Belle Harbor and Neponsit (that’s where that $5.1 million house was sold), two rather upscale parts of Queens. In Belle Harbor, you can’t park there on summer weekends and holidays, and in Neponsit, the streets are off limits to parking all summer long. (more…)

08/16/12 1:30pm

Image source: Warrenfish on Wikimedia Commons (cc)

We decided to check in on the status of the potential Major League Soccer stadium coming to Flushing Meadows Park, only to witness the news of it bouncing around the news outlets at a furious pace in the past few days. At first the news was “oh yes, it’s coming!” and now we’re hearing bits and pieces of “don’t be too sure about that.(more…)