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It’s no surprise that people love living in Prospect Park South. The neighborhood borders Brooklyn’s favorite amenity — Prospect Park — and is also home to a growing number of local restaurants, bars and shops. The area is mostly dominated by free-standing Victorian homes, complete with front yards and porches, as well as older buildings. That’s why 123 on the Park, a new rental development overlooking Prospect Park, is unique for the neighborhood. Here you’ll find modern, luxury rentals and top-of-the-line amenities within the quaint, historic neighborhood of Prospect Park South.

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Apartments are now available for rent at a former office building at 41-15 29th Street near Queens Plaza North in Long Island City. The apartments are being marketed by FiveBoroRealty, and move-ins are expected to start at the end of July or early August.

The open-plan, loft-style apartments start at $1,600 and go up to $4,000. For an extra charge per month, they are available furnished. Many apartments have  views of Manhattan; apartments on the 10th floor and higher will have outdoor space as well. Once construction is completed, there will be a doorman, on-site laundry, and a fitness center. The building does not yet appear to have its Certificate of Occupancy.

The 12-story building, originally built in 1928, has had its share of problems in recent years. After getting approval to convert the building from office to residential space, the developer, Allied Properties, was reportedly unable to get financing to complete the renovations. The building was sold in May 2010 for $12,750,000.

Commercial space is also available on the ground floor; a women’s clinic is slated to take the second floor. A new Hilton Garden Inn is currently under construction in the adjacent lot. GMAP

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Image source: Rockwell Group/Archtagon – the new gate planned for Kaufman Astoria studios

The NYDN reported on proposed developments happening on the Kaufman Astoria property that will be blocked off once the gates are installed on either end of 36th Street between 34th and 35th Avenues. We knew about the backlot that will be built (“where car chases can soon be filmed without film crews occupying entire city blocks”), but what we were unaware of until now is the other plans – to build a luxury hotel with a restaurant on an empty parking lot on 36th Street. Condos or rental apartments might be built nearby, too.

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Image source: LIQcity

If you’ve ever spent time waiting on the upper level of Queensboro Plaza, looking north, you’ve probably spotted Crescent Club, a tall (17 stories! 130 units!) residential building near Queens Plaza North (41-17 Crescent Street – GMAP). When they were first conceived they were condos; later they were transformed to rental apartments. And now Real Estate Weekly reports the 100th lease signing has been announced, which is a big milestone for the building.

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Image source: 11-15 Broadway

11-15 Broadway – one of the big luxury apartment buildings by Socrates Sculpture Park that has been in construction mode for many months – is now open and looking for people to start renting there. According to the Criterion Group website (they invest in and manage real estate), this development is an 8 story, 80 unit residential tower, containing 15 studio, 50 one-bedroom, and 6 two-bedroom apartments.

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Do you fancy lamb shishkabobs or jerk chicken but don’t have a go-to Greek or Jamaican restaurant near your home? A reason to consider living in Jackson Heights is that it gives you access to some of the best ethnic grub in the city. But food is not all this area offers. The Flushing subway stop is the biggest in Queens (6 subways and 5 bus lines) and there’s a year-round greenmarket at Travers Park.

 

34-51 82 St, Jackson Heights – $335,000 – Loft living in Jackson Heights? This newly renovated apartment is sunny and the rooms flow into one another. It’s got a tight kitchen but the overall layout looks good.

 

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We have been slumming it lately in the apartment listings department, trying to find you the absolute cheapest places to live. Today we decided to dream (slightly) bigger with this two bedroom in Ridgewood, going for $1650. What sold us was the roof, summer is coming, maybe we are just being suckers. Anyway, the original post is here. There is apparently only one other family living in the building and the apartment has a washer/dryer and a dishwasher. The other thing we love about this place is the natural light, oh and it’s one block from the M stop at Fresh Pond Road.

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It’s a two bedroom two bathroom for $950, very close to Astoria Park at Ditmars and 21st Street, but it’s 8 blocks from the Ditmars Subway N/R stop. Still, the walk may do you good and it will take 20 minutes to get into Manhattan on the train (should you choose to do such a thing). The apartment is the entire second floor of a town house and has a balcony. It’s listed as a no-fee apartment on this posting. We’ll race you to Astoria.

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This apartment in Jackson Heights basically makes us want to move. That kitchen looks fantastic and the bathroom is adorable. This is a three bedroom apartment on 71st Street, which, if it is well located, could be very convenient. If not, it could be a walk to the train– but for that kitchen, who wouldn’t walk. The realtor is asking for $1800 and Internet is included. The place has one and a half bathrooms and a skylight in one of the bathrooms, so you can look up at the stars from the toilet. It’s available June 1st. If you get this place, invite us over to dance in your kitchen. The original listing is here.