New York City is going to rock around the clock…literally. And Queens is going to pop, blues, jazz, reggae, indie, folk, Latin, experimental, country, gospel and even cabaret. This Saturday, Make Music New York celebrates the first day of summer with a unique festival of free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs, including in cemeteries, gardens, parks, plazas, sidewalks and stoops. Cruise to Corona and check out a children’s bucket orchestra, jaunt off to Jamaica for R&B sensation La’Rayne, or rave into the night at the MMNY After Dark party in Sunnyside. Now in its seventh year, this action will take place simultaneously with similar day-long festivities in more than 500 cities around the world. Details: Make Music New York, June 21,10 am – 10 pm, free; click on the following Queens neighborhoods for their schedules: Astoria, Corona/Ridgewood, Elmhurst, Flushing, Jackson Heights, Jamaica, LIC, Rockaway and Sunnyside.
It’s New York State Museum Week, and the living is easy, especially in Queens. Starting today through June 16, five local cultural venues will offer discounts and promotional offers to visitors. Mention “Museum Week” and receive a complimentary collectible at the Louis Armstrong House Museum (while supplies last) along with a 10 percent discount in the gift store. Bring a friend for free with two-for-one admission at the Noguchi (above), King Manor and Moving Image museums. At the Queens Botanical Gardens, there will be half-off admission. Meanwhile, the Queens County Farm Museum will offer free tours. Statewide, participants include about 250 venues, stretching from Manhattan’s 5th Avenue, where El Museo del Barrio will have free admission on June 11, to the Hyde Collection in upstate Glens Falls, where visitors will receive a free poster.
Luyster Creek is a beautiful if somewhat neglected corner of Queens, a small off-shoot of the Bowery Bay, the body of water you need to cross to get to Rikers Island. The juxtaposition of the still body of water with the wooden remains of an old raft or dock with the hulking array of industrial plants (power generation and water treatment) to the southeast is striking even in a city where we are used to such things. There was some momentum a couple of years ago to turn the forgotten canal into a park. There was a group set up online called the Luyster Creek Waterfront Park and the Trust for Public Land and a group called Green Shores NYC got as far as creating the rendering below as part of its Waterfront Vision Plan in 2011. The trail goes cold there: our emails to the both groups went unreturned, hardly an encouraging sign. Do any readers have anything to report?
TF Cornerstone already has four big residential buildings up and running in its East Coast community the LIC waterfront — 4720 Center Boulevard, 4540 Center Boulevard, 4545 Center Boulevard and 4615 Center Boulevard — and soon will have a fifth. (And they’re not stopping there: The developer’s plans call for a total of six glassy towers.) Located at 4610 Center Boulevard, the new Arquitectonica-designed building will have 585 residential units across 25 floors. According to the developer’s website, the building should be ready this year, though the sign on the construction fence says March 2014. You can check out a rendering of the project on the jump below. GMAP
It was ten years ago that the original developers of 19-73 38th Street began the process of trying to build at large mixed-use project on the edge of the Steinway IBZ by going through the ULURP process to gain approval for housing on the site. As the Queens Gazette reported at the time, the owners envisioned a 10-sotry building with retail, community space and parking on the lower level and condos on the upper floors. By 2008, the developer had its application to build a 234,000-square-foot building approved by DOB. The developer was only part-way through the project however when it ran into financial difficulties and construction stalled. The first lis pendens was filed in 2009 and a foreclosure sale was scheduled for October of last year with an outstanding lien amount of $25,478,983. Property records show that the deed changed hands in February of this year for just $6,000,000, which, at about $25 per buildable foot, seems incredibly low. So low, in fact, that the truth has to be more complicated. Regardless of the financial details, it appears that a permit was issued for a partial job in March, and a guy running the garage across the street said he’s heard that the project was going to start up again. This good news for the neighborhood? Anyone know more of the gory details about how the original deal imploded? More photos of the site below. GMAP
PS 290, which began life in 2010 co-habitating with middle school IS 73, is getting close to having its own newly-constructed building on the site of a former Rite Aid at 55-20 Metropolitan Avenue in Ridgewood. When it opens in the Fall of 2014, the K-5 program will be known as the Geraldine A. Ferraro Campus. Check out renderings from architect Michael Graves on the jump. GMAP
If you’ve visited PS1 in Long Island City recently, you might have noticed work going on at the corner of 21st Street and 46th Avenue and wondered what was happening. Turns out it’s a five-story, eight-unit residential project that’s actually been in the works for six years, although DOB only issued a permit for the new building this spring. In all, there will be about 5,500 square feet of residential space and another 1,150 square feet of commercial space. GMAP
Long Island City’s new development market is getting physical. A potential buyer charged through a line of roughly a dozen people at the opening of Five27 at 5-27 51st Ave, the Daily News reported. “He ran in by the agent after he was told to wait and tried to start looking around himself,” Modern Spaces founder Eric Benaim, who is handling sales, told the Daily News. “He hardly spoke any English. He was aggressive and we had to escort him out. I guess he really wanted to get in.” Price at the 27-unit building range from $430,000 to $1.3 million. The building is over half sold.
Why has no one bought the First German Sport Club at 60-60 Metropolitan Avenue? Even if there aren’t a too many hipsters in the immediate area, the retro facade is so cool that we can see bearded types from Bushwick and broader Ridgewood making the trip. Or could the club’s mobster history be holding it back? In 2005, the Queens District Attorney brought charges against 17 members of the Genovese and Bonano crime families for running numbers out of this and two other locations. That didn’t stop the current owner from picking it up for $350,000 back in 2009. The current broker is Queens Central Realty at 718-417-0700. GMAP