Emily Nonko


Library Services Coming to Gantry Plaza State Park This Summer [Queens Courier]
The Mayor’s Development Impact on Long Island City [Queens Chronicle]
CB 1 OKs Changes to Astoria Intersection [Queens Chronicle]
New Trees and Community Gardens Sprout from ConEd Blackout Settlement [DNAinfo]
Sooner or Later, the Brooklyn-Queens Waterfront Needs Better Transit [Streetsblog]
Where to Eat at LaGuardia Airport (LGA) [Eater]
Full Reveal: SculptureCenter at 44-19 Purves Street [Court Square Blog]


Mark you calendars: Q’Stoner writer Mitch Waxman is leading a walking tour through the depths of Dutch Kills on Saturday, June 7th. Here are details on the tour, straight from the Atlas Obscura website:

A central maritime artery of Long Island City, Dutch Kills is surrounded by hundreds of factory buildings, titan rail yards, and crossed by century old bridges – and it’s found just a few blocks away from Queens Plaza. During this three hour tour, we will cover three miles of Brooklyn and Queens to see where the industrial revolution actually happened. Bring your camera, as the tour will be revealing an incredible landscape along this section of the troubled Newtown Creek Watershed.

We can guarantee that this one is going to be fun. The tour begins prompty at 11 am in Long Island City and lasts until 2 pm. Tickets, which you can purchase here, cost $20.

Obscura Society NYC: 13 Steps Around Dutch Kills [Atlas Obscura]

Photo by Mitch Waxman


Man, it is hard to keep track of all the development in Long Island City. Here are two new projects in the works for 24-12 42nd Road (between 24th and Crescent Streets) and 25-19 43rd Avenue (between 27th and Crescent Streets). 24-12 42nd Road — rendered above — is an eight-story, 36-unit building with 4,328 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. New York IMBY reports that it’ll be developed by The Ampiera Group. There’s currently a two-story building on the development site, but it’s slated to be demolished soon.

Then the DOB issued permits for a new building at 25-19 43rd Avenue, where Ekstein Development plans a nine-story, 86-unit condo. No renderings available yet, but the architect of record is GF55 Partners, who have done a lot of work throughout Queens. BuzzBuzzHome reports that the corner development, which spans four different lots, “will measure about 68,145 square feet, with parking for 17 cars, bicycle storage and a resident lounge.” (Public records show that Ekstein paid around $13,349,000 to acquire all those parcels.) Demolition work began this March; Ekstein plans to launch condo sales next year.

Revealed: 24-12 42nd Road [New York IMBY] GMAP
Permits in for Ekstein Development’s 25-19 43rd Avenue in LIC [BuzzBuzzHome] GMAP


Summer’s almost here! The Parks Department just released the dates for the popular (and of course huge) Astoria Park Pool. According to We Heart Astoria, it opens on June 26th and closes on September 1st, with the pool remaining open on Labor Day. The hours are from 11 am to 3 pm, then 4 pm to 7 pm. Parks hasn’t yet released the upcoming aquatics programs or lap swimming dates, but We Heart Astoria thinks those will be released in a few weeks. They mention, “Judging from last year, there is a chance that adult lap swim will be from July 8 to August 29 — but don’t quote us on that.”

Astoria Park Pool Dates 2014 [We Heart Astoria]

Photo via Wikimedia Commons


Not surprisingly, the outside of this Forest Hills Gardens home, at 74 Ascan Avenue, is lovely. A gorgeous one-family Tudor on a huge, well-kept property. But the interior, we are sad to say, is not as impressive. What looks to be a recent renovation stripped the home of its historic character and replaced it with things like recessed lighting and those partially-exposed wooden beams in the living room. It still looks like a well-kept house, just not one that is worth the ask of $2,500,000. Agree? Disagree?

74 Ascan Avenue [Exit Reality] GMAP


Yesterday the NYC HPD celebrated the opening of a brand new affordable housing development in Richmond Hill. The development is comprised of two different sections: Richmond Place and the Richmond Hill Senior Living Residence. Richmond Place consists of 117 new affordable units for low-income families. And the Richmond Hill Senior Living Residence has 65 units specifically for older New Yorkers. According to the HPD, “Both were constructed on a Remediated Brownfield Location and are now energy-efficient affordable housing developments.”

The seven-story building has studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units priced between $785 and $1,175 a month. The city broke ground on this development way back in 2011. Click through for more exterior and interior photos of the finished product. GMAP


Looks like some big-time tenants are eyeing the commercial and residential property at 5823-25 Myrtle Avenue, between Putnam Avenue and Madison Street in Ridgewood. The 4,264-square-foot building sold earlier this spring for $3,250,000. The broker in charge of the sale reports that the buyer, a private investor, is currently in negotiation with national tenants to lease the retail space. According to a rep at EPIC Commercial Realty, “Being on the corner of Forest and Myrtle Ave, plus over 40 feet of exposure on Myrtle Avenue, is drawing the attention of national retailers who are excited at the opportunity to set foot in the upcoming neighborhood.” It’s still unclear what kind of renovations are coming for the building, if any. (The property comes with a total of 11,688 buildable square feet, and was delivered to the buyer vacant.) So far there are no work permits up on the Department of Buildings website.

Very interesting, indeed. Ridgewood residents, what kind of retailers would you like to see on this corner?

Mixed-Use Building in Ridgewood Sells [Q’Stoner] GMAP

Photo via PropertyShark


Queens Seniors Getting Free Yoga Courtesy of City Nonprofit [NY Daily News]
New Ice Cream Factory Opens In Astoria [Queens Gazette]
Boaters Battle Flushing Bay Pollution [Times Ledger]
Bring Ferry Service to NE Qns: Vallone [Times Ledger]
Rockabus Cancels Summer 2014 Service to Prep for Expansion [DNAinfo]
Forest Hills’ Michael Perlman Wins 2014 Preservation Award [Rego-Forest Preservation Council]
Food-Friendly Events, May 22-29 [Eating in Translation]


Yesterday, the Taste of Sunnyside food and drink extravaganza took place underneath the elevated 7. The Village Voice attended and compiled the five best bites of the evening. Who came out victorious? The writer loved Salt & Fat‘s Korean-influenced small plates, as well as Venturo Osteria & Wine Bar‘s black and green lasagna. De Mole, located in Woodside, received rave reviews with its seitan with vegan mole, and Nita’s European Bakery served up three savory pastries. Finally, The Dog and Duck stood out with fried pickles topped with a smoky mayo. Sounds like an awesome (and filling) night!

The Five Best Bites at Taste of Sunnyside [Village Voice]


Yesterday we wrote about the sale of the 4,829-square-foot building on the northwest corner of St. Nicholas Avenue and Palmetto Street. We also wondered what was in the future for the site, but turns out Wyckoff Heights already knew! Earlier this month the blog reported that developers filed an application to demolish the existing building. They proposed a four-story, 14-unit residential build in its place. The development will have bicycle storage and cellar parking for eight cars. The architect of record is Sean Styles.

While the brokerage firm representing both the buyer and seller reported that this sale came in at $1,500,000, public records show the building sold to 335 St. Nicholas LLC for $1,200,000. UPDATE: Due to a clerical error on the broker’s side, the price was misstated as $1,500,000. The actual selling price is $1,200,000.

Demolition, New Building Planned for St. Nicholas & Palmetto [Wyckoff Heights]
Corner Lot in Ridgewood Sells for $1.5 Million [Q’Stoner] GMAP