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Unfortunately, there are no interior photos of this house at 18-18 126th Street, but we chose it to highlight the interesting housing stock in College Point. The area is full of 19th and early 20th century buildings, some of them quite old, even though most of them are hidden under vinyl siding. It also has a nice village feel. This particular one is a two-family; each unit has two bedrooms and one bath. For $499,000, do you think it’s worth a look?
18-18 126th Street [Exit Realty Central] GMAP P*Shark

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In Queens, you can find history in the most unexpected places. Take this gas station in College Point that Scouting New York visited last month. The typical retro service station has a sign in the window that says, “EST. 1868.” Hmm, that’s before the invention of the automobile.

It turns out that the Farrington family business was once a blacksmith shop that made horseshoes, so they’ve always been involved in the transportation industry. Sometime between 1917 and 1920, they adapted with technology and started servicing cars instead.

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Image source: Ad Meskens

This week the fundraising world learned of a very large gift given by John Paulson to the Central Park Conservancy. The NY Daily News reports that the gift, at $100 million, is the largest in the history to a public park. The gift will fund a variety of things, including a restoration the North Woods, improve and renovate some of the playgrounds, and some other major improvement projects.

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Image source: newyorkcitymuseum-a-thon.blogspot.com

Celebrate fall with Oktoberfest on Saturday from 1-6pm at the Poppenheusen Institute in College Point. For $15, you’ll gain access to plenty of German-American food and drink, as well as classic apple strudel and black forest cake. Vendors will be offering craft items for sale, while live performers provide music. Be sure to check out the presentations starting at 4pm, discussing the history of Flushing and Queens.

Oktoberfest [QueensNYC]

Saturday, September 22, 2012
1-6pm | $15