Mysterious glass tower in LIC

We caught wind of this glass tower that’s supposedly coming to Queens Plaza South in LIC. That means perhaps along the elevated line, but we’ll see. It’s planned to be a 15 story, 415,400 square feet mixed use development. Very little info is available, but we will pass on what we learn as we get it. The building is pretty cool looking and would add a little different geometry to the area. We can’t wait to learn more!

Haiku sign in LIC – we like them

We’ve spotted these haikus in various parts of the city, and liked this one that Body & Soul Restorations posted a photo of. Too bad it’s a little grimy, but hey, that’s city living. Looks like this one is on Jackson Avenue.

Image source: Body & Soul Restorations

Halloween events galore!

We’ve got a great list of events for Halloween this year – since the holiday itself is on a Wednesday night, most of the partying is happening this weekend. And the partying will take many forms – pumpkin chucking to costume contests, movies to fun runs, and beyond. Check it out!

Elizabeth Crowley watches out for Middle Village and Glendale

Nice to see this City Councilwoman working hard for her neighborhood. With the impending hurricane storm Sandy (which could pound the area, but we’re not exactly sure just yet), flooding could be a real problem. Here’s her gumption filled FB statement and her constituents love it.

Hurricane Sandy is predicted to hit New York City early next week. Today I called on the DEP and OEM to thoroughly inspect catch basins and sewer lines throughout Queens to help mitigate flooding. And I will continue pushing DEP to inspect the infrastructure in Middle Village and Glendale and make the necessary improvements to prevent future flooding.

Pachanga Patterson’s got a new Fall menu, full of noms

The new menu at Mexican restaurant Pachanga Patterson in Astoria looks fab. Here are some of the new things on the menu:

  • Salsas – tomato and pumpkin seed; chipotle and delicata squash
  • Small plates – Chihuahua fondu; eggdrop soup with meatball, ancho chilie, and quail egg; steamed mussels with saffron sauce and chips
  • Tacos – beef tongue taco; vegan lentil cake taco with peanut sauce, balsamic vinegar, and pickled onions
  • Entrees – pork chop with white cheese grits and pork jus; braised goat with garlic rice and gremolata



What’s up with that giant building on 31st Street near the Ditmars stop in Astoria?

There’s a very substantial building being built on 31st Street near 23rd Ave – if you take the N/Q to/from Ditmars and look out the east windows, you can’t miss it. Turns out it will be an 8 story office building with enough parking for 135 cars, which is a lot for this neighborhood that doesn’t really have much in the way of off-street parking. They seem to be making quick progress on the building, too. The address is 23-25 31st Street (GMAP).

In the Rockaways, the hipsters are dropping in on surfers and they totally don’t like it, dude

Gothamist wrote about the hullaballoo going on in the Rockaways, where novice surfers – AKA “hipsters” – are “dropping-in” (catching a wave another surfer is already on) on the hot wave action and harshing everyone’s mellow. This is a common, yet unpleasant, social infraction in the world of surfing, and we are hopeful that the veteran surfers are appropriately schooling the n00bs – after all, how do you learn if you’re not taught?

From a different perspective, a worker at Boarders Surf Shop says about the hipsters, “Rockaway used to have ‘Playland.’ After that, development was stagnant. Now they are bringing a whole movement that is a different culture. They’re bringing in a lot of business. I think it’s good for the community.”

New development on 2nd Street in LIC is a go – we’re looking forward to learning its name, too

A 12-story building will go up at 50-01 2nd Street, thanks to a $51 million construction loan provided by Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. The development will have 199 residential units and 12,000 square feet of space for retail on the ground floor. Apparently, “interested tenants have included food uses and childcare operators.” What do you think they’ll name the building?

People love their public parks

This morning we asked what’s your favorite city park? We got some great answers!

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And the location of the October Queens County Market is…

Sac’s Place! That’s right – this is first time a space in Astoria has been chosen to host the monthly pop-up artisanal market. The folks at Sac’s are thrilled. Stay tuned for details on the vendors for this particular market. As a reminder of the awesomeness that will meet you there, here’s our recap of the August Queens County Market.


Image source: Times Ledger

So it looks like the residential conversion of the old Chilton Paint factory (109-09 15th Ave – GMAP) in College Point, which was first planned back in 2005, might finally be happening. According to the Times Ledger, there was a change of ownership, and in August the new owner filed paperwork with the city to get the project back in motion. According to the original 2005 plans, the conversion would turn the building into 134 apartments, the exterior of the building would remain intact, and a public walkway would be built along the waterfront. There would be views of Manhattan, though given where the building is situated LaGuardia airport and Rikers Island seem like they would be in view too.