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It’s time to break away from winter and jump into the great outdoors! Good thing the borough is ready. Tomorrow, the Queens Botanical Gardens will host two programs for nature lovers. At 10 am, the Flushing green space will launch its intergenerational garden (above). Interested individuals will be able to tour the facilities, meet gardeners of all races and ages, and learn the ropes with the coordinator. Then at noon, QBG will offer an introductory workshop on how to grow summer vegetables indoors. Meanwhile just south of Little Neck Bay, Urban Park Rangers will teach wilderness survival at the Alley Pond Park Adventure Center. Participants of all ages will learn how to build shelter, start a fire without matches, and find water sources in a forest. The fun continues on March 10th at the Rockaway Community Park Coastal Clean-Up, where do-gooders will work with Natural Areas Volunteers from the Parks Department to remove debris from the shoreline and protect Jamaica Bay’s natural habitat.

Details:

  • Intergenerational Garden Open House, Queens Botanical Gardens, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, March 8th, 10 am, free.
  • Start Your Summer Veggies Indoors, Queens Botanical Gardens, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, March 8th, noon, $6, advance registration and payment required at education@queensbotanical.org or 718-886-3800 ext. 230.
  • Wilderness Survival, Alley Pond Park Adventure Center, vicinity of Little Neck Bay, Long Island Expressway, Union Turnpike, Springfield Boulevard, Douglaston Parkway and Hanford Street, March 8th, 11 am, free, but call 718-352-1769.
  • Rockaway Community Park Coastal Clean-Up, meet at corner of Almeda Avenue and Beach 58th Street, Far Rockaway, March 10th, 9 am to 1 pm, free, but register via 212-360-3318 or nav@parks.nyc.gov.

Photo: QBG

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Wowza — this freestanding home at 310 Shore Road, in Douglaston, is 3,920 square feet on a gorgeous property that overlooks the waterfront. It’s also asking $4,195,000. Hard to make a judgement on the asking price because there are no interior photos, but here’s what the listing says: “Grand Entry Hall/Staircase W/Very Large Living & Dining Rooms On Either Side, Lge Kitchen W/ Granite Counters/Center Island.” Seriously people, you can’t list a home for millions of dollars without one peek of the interior! We’re just hoping the inside lives up to the spectacular outside.

310 Shore Road [Clickit Realty] GMAP

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A spacious Tudor home with views of the water? Sign us up! This property at 7 Beverly Road, in Douglaston, is asking $2,800,000. The exterior’s gorgeous (love that gabled roof) and the interior looks to be in fine shape. There’s also an expansive front lawn and two private patios. A very nice property indeed, but do you think it will achieve its ask?

7 Beverly Road [Bryce REA] GMAP

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Yesterday, local pols including Borough President Katz, Assemblymember Nily Rozic, Senator Tony Avella, Assemblymember Ed Braunstein and Councilmember Paul Vallone gathered to demand additional funding for increased bus service in Douglaston. According to a report by Queens Courier, the five major bus lines running through the area do not serve Douglaston’s growing ridership. Residents also complain about sporadic service. Pols demanded an increase in federal and state funding in order to add more local and express buses, bus lines and bus stops.

It’s unclear how the MTA will respond. An MTA official told Queens Courier that improvements already were made to the QM3 and QM8 running time and frequency this past year, the Q36 line was extended, the Q76 weekend service was restored and expanded, and the weekend Q31 service will be restored this spring.

Pols Call for More City Buses to Run Through Douglaston [Queens Courier]

Photo via Facebook

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The Parks Department Natural Resources Group will hold a meeting this month to present recommendations for protecting the water and ecological resources of the Alley Creek Watershed. The NRG plans to address the current conditions of the watershed, assess the major threats to the area, and take input from community members and community groups on their priorities for the waterway. This meeting is part of a long-term control plan to better understand the impacts on wa­ter quality and related recreational uses within Alley Creek and Little Neck Bay. You can read a detailed PDF about the $142,000,000 plan here.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 30th, 6pm at the Alley Pond Environmental Center. Find directions here.

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The only road that connects Douglaston and Little Neck north of Northern Boulevard runs between Douglas Road, at the eastern edge of Douglaston at Udall’s Cove Park, and Little Neck Parkway alongside the Long Island Rail Road. The city has never really settled on a name for the road, and thus it’s known by a variety of names depending on what part of the route you happen to be on.

 

Until Hagstrom listed it in the 1970s, it had never made city maps, either, which leads me to believe the road in its complete route is a relatively recent connection. Area residents have been calling it simply “the back road.”

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The sale of 24 Knollwood Avenue, a single-family home in Douglaston, just hit public records for a hefty sum. The house went for $2,600,000, which comes in as one of the most expensive home sales in the neighborhood. (The top honor goes to 604 Shore Road, which sold for $5,300,000 in 2007.) 24 Knollwood Avenue was listed for $2,700,000 and lasted 28 days on the market, according to Streeteasy. The home has five bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, and 3,580 square feet. It’s also a half block from the waterfront. Check out some impressive interior pictures after the jump! GMAP

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Talk about one of a kind. This landmarked house in Douglaston, at 240-02 Poplar Street, is a former Quaker meeting home. There aren’t many interior photos or a floor plan, but the listing says it has “a complex footprint consisting of five attached sections of varying sizes and heights.” From what we can see, the interior will definitely need upgrading and renovations. How much would you pay for this historic, sprawling country home? It’s asking $1,350,000.

240-02 Poplar Street [Laffey] GMAP