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This two-story Queens Village house has three bedrooms and two-and-a-half baths. It has a sizable eat-in kitchen and also a separate dining room, and there are nice-looking hardwood floors throughout the house.

One of the home’s best highlights is the enclosed sun room with bay window, accessed through French doors. The three bedrooms are reasonably sized, and in terms of common areas there’s a finished basement, living room and a large backyard with patio.

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The MTA just finished an $8,500,000 renovation project at the Queens Village Long Island Rail Road station. Queens Courier reports that improvements include two new heavy-duty elevators, new signage, railings, lighting, and a fire alarm system. The MTA also rehabilitated the platform waiting room, repainted the building and added a new shelter shed. Finally, they installed bird abatement devices, drainage and erosion control and security cameras. The current station building first opened in 1924. You can see lots of photos of the station renovation here.

Queens Village LIRR Station Gets a Makeover [Queens Courier]

Photo via Flickr

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Qside Federal Credit Union will be opening its new headquarters at 211-31 Jamaica Avenue in Queens Village on Monday in a beautiful old bank building that had more recently been used as a law office. The financial company purchased the 40-by-100-foot site in 2011 for $875,713. “The exterior renovations we began in 2012 have really sparked an interest from the community,” said CEO Mark Johnson. “Many long-term residents have been asking about the project, as it’s positioned on the highly-visible corner of Jamaica Avenue and Hollis Court Boulevard, and they appreciate Qside FCU making a positive contribution to the aesthetic of the Jamaica Avenue commercial district.” Qside will shutter its existing location in Flushing as part of the move. GMAP

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Queens has topped the leaderboard in foreclosures ever since the market began turning in the latter half of the last decade, so it was no surprise to see a number of foreclosure transactions pop up this week on PropertyShark. Here are a few of the houses that traded:

Cambria Heights
223-02 114 Avenue
Square Feet: 1,223
Date: 6/7/13
Winning Bid: $265,000
GMAP P*Shark

Queens Village
110-12 212 Street
Square Feet: 1,080
Date: 6/7/13
Winning Bid: $624,378
GMAP P*Shark

Hollis
100-37 202 Street
Square Feet: 1,282
Date: 6/7/13
Winning Bid: $235,000
GMAP P*Shark

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No need to run away and join the circus, it’s right here. From today until June 16, the Big Apple Circus isn’t clowning around with its dazzling mix of playful pooches, astounding acrobats, ascending aerialists, jocular jugglers and a contortionist who appears to have no backbone. As part of its 35th anniversary celebration, Big Apple is performing Legendarium, a nostalgic look at the 19th century, when the circus was born. A ringmaster introduces the acts while recalling pivotal moments in circus history and offering fun facts. (i.e. Frenchman Jules Leotard invented the flying trapeze in 1859, but he is best know for designing the traditional trapeze garment that bears his last name.) The fun takes place under the climate-controlled Big Top, where no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring. Details: Big Apple Circus, Times vary, Cunningham Park, $20-$60.

Photo: Bertrand Guay/Big Apple Circus

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Here is a roundup of properties we’ve featured on QueensNYC this week – there are two houses, a co-op and a condo, in the neighborhoods of Beechhurst, Flushing, Jackson Heights, and Queens Village.

66-40 Powells Cove Blvd, #5A, Beechhurst, NY 1135 (GMAP) – This 1 bed/1 bath co-op in Beechhurst is priced at $239,000. It has a newly renovated kitchen. It also has a terrace. The building is very close to the waterfront, and is convenient to the Cross Island Parkway and the Clearview Expressway. It is neither near the subway nor LIRR.

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Image source: Five Furlongs on Flickr – Belmont Park in its bucolic goodness

Professional soccer news keeps us interested – now we’ve heard via the NY Times that the NY Cosmos – a minor league soccer team, part of the North American Soccer League as of last July – wants to build a stadium near Belmont Park Race Track (where the Belmont Stakes are held – GMAP). The track is on the border between Queens and Nassau, with Queens Village on the NYC side (the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center is not far – GMAP). This stadium would be part of a bigger development project that includes shopping and entertainment.