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Report: LIC land prices nearly hit $300 per buildable square foot


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Chart courtesy of Modern Spaces

Soaring land prices in Long Island City are hitting record highs for the neighborhood, according to the Moderns Spaces 3Q report released Thursday.

The price per buildable square in LIC jumped to an unheard of $250-$300 in this past quarter for some properties, the report said. The average land prices are above $200 in prime areas.

The price surge is mainly due to the demand for bigger projects aimed at larger family-size apartments, according to the report.

“The properties that are being acquired at those price points will most likely all be condos as they don’t make financial sense as a rental product with that high of a land base,” the report said. “But as condo prices rise in Manhattan and in Brooklyn, it’s naturally going to drive the buyer who is getting priced out of the areas to Long Island City or Queens as a whole.”

Meanwhile, for commercial and investment properties, the report found that in south Long Island City — areas near the waterfront, Hunter’s Point, Court Square, and Queens Plaza — land values eclipsed an average of more than $200 per buildable square foot and some properties have hit prices almost as high as $300.

But Modern Spaces predicts this trend will not continue.

“Despite demand being as strong as it has ever been, we predict the market will level in the $225 – $250 per buildable square foot range depending on exact location,” the report said.

Although land prices in Astoria have not hit an average of $200 per buildable square foot yet, not to be left too far behind, land prices in the neighborhood doubled in the past year with some properties eclipsing $200 per buildable square foot, according to the report.

 

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Astoria Cove criticizers hosting another City Hall rally ahead of Council meeting


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Rendering courtesy of STUDIO V Architecture

Opposition to the Astoria Cove development isn’t going down without a fight as a City Council meeting for the project draws near.

Build Up NYC, which advocates for building service workers union 32BJ, is hosting a rally against the development outside City Hall on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Hundreds of construction and building maintenance workers and Astoria residents are expected to turn out, hoping to urge the Council to vote against the land-use application for the project as it currently stands.

The Council is set to hold a review session on the project on Monday, Oct. 20, in the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises.

The advocacy organization believes the plan does not offer enough affordable housing and is also fighting for more jobs for unionized workers. The project calls for 345 units or 20 percent of the 1,723 dwellings to be affordable housing.

Despite Community Board 2 and Borough President Melinda Katz also opposing the project because of the lack of affordable housing, the City Planning Commission gave the project the green light last month with a majority vote.

Councilman Costa Constantinides reportedly agrees the project needs more affordable housing and that some of the low-income apartments are too expensive.

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Real estate roundup: Hallets Point holdout, subway cell phone service expanding to Queens stations


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Photo courtesy of the Durst Organization

Hallets Point holdout throws wrinkle in $1.5B Durst project

“A real estate investor that owns the last of three pieces that the Durst Organization needs to develop a $1.5 billion project in Astoria known as Hallets Point is holding out beyond the original September closing date, casting a shadow of uncertainty over the megaproject.” Read more [The Real Deal]

New York Subway Cell Service to Grow

“New York City subway riders will be able to use their phones and other devices for the first time in that outer borough along with more underground stations in Manhattan, under a rollout of additional wireless Internet and cellular service expected to be unveiled on Thursday.” Read more [The Wall Street Journal]

Planned Parenthood will break ground on its first Queens health center

“Planned Parenthood will break ground on its first Queens outpost Thursday, officials said. The 14,000-square-foot facility in Long Island City will offer testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, as well as pregnancy tests and abortions.” Read more [The New York Daily News]

Queens ‘Glamazons’ to release new single


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Tina Jensen (photo by Noxie Studio Photography) / Kenya Morris (photo by Julianna Rusakiewicz)

Two Queens women are trying to sing their way to the top, proving that pop stardom comes in all sizes.

Astoria resident Tina Jensen and Kenya Morris, of St. Albans, are members of The Glamazons, a group of four sexy and voluptuous songstresses.

Formed in 2001, The Glamazons started performing in New York City clubs, but found national fame in the second season of “America’s Got Talent” in 2007, when they made it to the top eight.

Now, the original members are no longer performing with the group. Current members Jensen, Morris, Emma Craig and Megan Allen have been together for about one and a half years and will be releasing their first original single “Movie Star” on Tuesday.

“It’s a feel-good celebratory song,” Jensen said.


The 29-year-old always knew she wanted to be a performer growing up, but imagined herself in musical theater rather than singing pop songs.

At 18, she left Minnesota for New York City, where she studied at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and moved to western Queens seven years ago.

Though professionally she pursued musical theater in New York, starring off-Broadway, at home she would always sing pop songs.

“Growing up it was theater because I felt accepted in the theater,” she said. “I never thought I could be a pop star because I wasn’t a size zero.”

Jensen would also sing pop songs at competitions in New York City clubs. Around two years ago, it was at one of those clubs that she heard about a competition to be in The Glamazons. After six weeks of vying for a spot, she made it into the group.

Morris, 20, was in the same competition as Jensen, though she didn’t win.

The New Jersey native discovered The Glamazons through Twitter, where she connected with Meryl Sherwood, the group’s founder. Sherwood, who still works with The Glamazons, saw a YouTube video of Morris singing and encouraged her to enter the competition.

Later, Morris filled in during a Glamazons show and was then added as a permanent member in May 2013. The timing was perfect, Morris said, since she had recently moved to Queens to be closer to her grandfather.

“This is what every boy and every girl dreams of,” she said about their single coming out.

Singing was the easy part for Morris, who has been showing off her vocal talent since she was a young child. But she never had any formal dance training before The Glamazons.

“I was slow picking up the pace of everything but now I’m on the ball,” she said.

Jensen grew up taking dance lessons. Her biggest hurdle was showcasing her body through The Glamazon’s sexy moves.

“I’m finally able to embrace who I am and celebrate it,” she said.

The Glamazons have always been about more than just the music. They are also about body positivity and self-acceptance.

Photo by Julianna Rusakiewicz

The Glamazons, from left to right: Emma Craig, Megan Allen, Kenya Morris and Tina Jensen (Photo by Julianna Rusakiewicz)

Growing up, Morris would look at popular singers and think, “Can I really do this because I don’t see as much of me in the limelight?”

“I want the audience to feel inspired,” said Morris, who works as a plus-size model. “I want them to know that you can be any shape or size.”

But their message goes beyond body issues.

“It’s not just about your size. It’s about anyone who has been told no before,” Jensen said.

The Glamazons’ new single “Movie Star” will be available on iTunes on Oct. 14. The group also expects to release a music video for the song on Nov. 1. It will be available on their website, on YouTube and potentially as a free release on iTunes.

Next, they have plans for an EP.

Jensen, who, in addition to her theater work, is also a plus-size model, hopes The Glamazons can be her full-time gig one day.

“We may be broke and have to live in the street in Queens,” she said. “But we are going to keep performing with the group and spreading our message until we can no longer do it.”

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Real estate roundup: Tour of TWA Flight Center before transformation, two new Korean eateries coming to Astoria


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Evan P. Cordes

Touring Saarinen’s Iconic TWA Terminal Before Redevelopment

“Crowds brave enough to make their way to JFK Airport on Saturday were transported back to the 1960s. The TWA Flight Center opened its doors as part of this year’s Open House New York weekend, and some visitors were even decked out in their vintage TWA attire.” Read more [Curbed]

New French bakery just days away from opening

“A new French bakery is about to open in Hunters Point. Cannelle Patisserie, a popular French bakery that opened in Jackson Heights more than six years ago, will be opening in the next week to 10 days.” Read more [LIC Post]

Two Korean restaurants to open in Astoria

Astoria is about to get a big taste of Korea. Two new Korean restaurants are expected to open in the next month, with one located on Broadway and the other on 30th Avenue.” Read more [Astoria Post]

Douglas Elliman announced The Pearson Court Square is fully leased in just four months

“Douglas Elliman Development Marketing, is pleased to announce The Pearson Court Square, a 14-story 197-unit rental building in the increasingly popular Court Square neighborhood of Long Island City, has been fully leased in just under four months.” Read more [The Court Square Blog]

Suspect stole $8K from truck parked on Astoria street: cops


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

A man stole thousands in cash from a truck while the driver was making a delivery in Astoria last month, police said.

The suspect broke into the vehicle at about 3 p.m. on Sept. 27.

The 25-year-old driver parked the Hino truck on the corner of Broadway and 35th Street and was making a delivery to an area business when the suspect took $8,000 from the vehicle’s center console, authorities said.

Police said the suspect was wearing eyeglasses a knit hat and a blue sweatshirt at the time of the break-in.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Former Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. to face dunk tank for charity


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Peter Vallone Jr.

BY ECLEEN CARABALLO 

The carnival is making its way to one Astoria restaurant and bar.

Katch Astoria, located at 31-19 Newtown Ave., will host a Carnival Party on Friday including a fortune teller, performer from Coney Island, magician and a chance to dunk former Councilman Peter Vallone Jr.

Vallone, a frequent visitor to Katch, and notable figure in Queens for having represented Astoria from 2002 to 2013, seemed like the obvious choice for the dunk tank, according to Simka Griffin, a manager at Katch.

Yet, Vallone admits that when they asked whether he wanted to be dunked on a chilly Friday night he initially said no. Then, they mentioned the proceeds will go to the charity of his choice, and he said “OK, let’s do this then.”

Vallone chose SHAREing & CAREing, a nonprofit organization started in 1994 when four breast cancer survivors sought to provide cancer support services to men and women of all ages, as the charity.

Kellyann Tobin, a registered nurse and member of the organization, said Vallone and his family have been long-time supporters, and she will be at the event to support him.

Vallone has raised money for the organization in the past; specifically, as Grand Marshall of New York City Harley Owners Group (NYC HOG) Bikers – a riding club which the Vallone family has been a part of for many years, who raised $20,000 for SHAREing & CAREing last summer.

“Based on the debates I get into on my Facebook page,” Vallone said, “the line of people who want to dunk me might rival the line for the iPhone 6.”

Yet, Griffin said she thinks people will come to the dunking because of the meaning behind  it.

“He is putting himself out there saying ‘I care about something, I want to show my support for it’ and I think that actually means a lot to people to see someone like him getting up and saying ‘sure you know, ill have a good laugh at myself,” she said.

The Carnival Party will be on Friday starting at 8 p.m. at Katch Astoria.

For more information, visit katchastoria.com or shareingandcareing.catseyedevelopment.com.

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Identify this place in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

IDENTIFY

Do you know where in Queens this photo was taken? Guess by commenting below! The answer will be revealed next week.

Last week’s answer to “Identify this Place”: 30th Avenue N train stop in Astoria

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Report: Long Island City, Astoria rental prices fall, borough prices jump slightly


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Charts courtesy of MNS Real Estate 

Prices are cooling off in the hot Long Island City rental market as values for studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments have dropped considerably since May, according to the September Queens Rental Market Report by MNS Real Estate.

Studio prices in the neighborhood have fallen for four consecutive months, from an average of $2,602 in May to $2,293 in September, the report found, while one-bedroom apartments dropped an average of $90 since May. Two-bedrooms in the neighborhood increased slightly in September, but still remain more than $235 less than May’s prices.

The decrease in prices in the neighborhood are due to “a result of a maturing luxury rental market,” according to the report, which also pointed out that Long Island City still accounts for the highest average rents in the borough in all categories.

Overall rent prices in Queens increased slightly at 0.63 percent to $2,047 in September from $2,034 in August, while apartment inventory also jumped seven percent to 631 units.

However, Astoria, much like its neighbor on the waterfront, saw overall rent prices drop despite trending up in recent months. The overall average rents decreased 5.35 percent in the neighborhood during the month, the biggest decrease in Queens.

Studios saw a notable drop in Astoria, falling 11.04 percent or $205 during the month from $1,860 in August to $1,655 in September.

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A surprising increase came to Rego Park, as studios in the neighborhood stopped months of falling and dramatically increased 17.67 percent to $1,559 in September. The increase, which was exclusive to studios in the neighborhood, is a result of new luxury developments, the study found.

“A notable growth spurt continues to take place in Rego Park,” the report said. “This is the result of newly available units in high-end new developments and conversions led by The Contour at 97-45 Queens Blvd. and, more recently, The Rego Modern at 99-39 66th Ave.”

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The neighborhood with the largest decrease of the month is Flushing, where one-bedroom apartments saw a stark drop of 12.88 percent or more than $220 from $1,762 in August to $1,535 in September.

Click here to see the full report.

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Astoria woman releases Queens food guide


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Photo by Mark Bennington

One Astoria writer is taking readers on a delicious trip around the borough with her new book.

Andrea Lynn released her fourth food book called “Queens: A Culinary Passport” on Sept. 30, providing a guide to the most diverse borough and the variety of ethnic cuisines it has to offer.

Lynn, who grew up in Alabama and moved to Astoria seven years ago, attended culinary school in New York City and worked as a personal chef.

“Brooklyn gets a lot of hype, Manhattan gets a lot of hype, and it seems like Queens as a whole doesn’t get the same appreciation,” said Lynn, who is now a freelance food writer. “I decided why not try to do a book about it. I was trying to think of things that would let people explore things like I do.”

In the 214-page, fully-illustrated book, Lynn offers a guide to more than 40 restaurants and food stands, chef and restaurant profiles, interviews with establishment owners, and recipes, which Lynn said would help readers bring ethnic dishes home.

“I realized the more you start exploring, the more you find and it seems almost endless,” Lynn said. “I feel like [the book] scratches the surface. It’s a good guide to Queens but there is so much beyond it.”

The book also features ethnic grocery stores, fish markets, delis and more. It also includes “easy-to-follow” subway directions and neighborhood walking tours.

“The common excuse [from outside people] is that Queens is so far away,” Lynn said. “All the excuses that people make, the book troubleshoots the excuses. I tried to make it as accessible as possible.”

She said the hardest part of compiling the book was trying to fit everything because the borough has a lot to offer.

“You can’t get everything represented. There’s so much,” she said.

She also added that after finishing this guide, she hopes other people will also begin to work on food guides to specific neighborhoods in the borough.

“I hope [the readers] will use the book to explore Queens or even to just start making more ethnic dishes at home,” Lynn said. “Or even start learning how diverse the borough really is.”

“Queens: A Culinary Passport” is available on Amazon and bookstores, including the Astoria Bookshop, located at 31-29 31st St.

Lynn will be having a book signing at the Jackson Heights Fall Festival on Oct. 19 at 34th Avenue and 78th Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Whitestone resident petitions again for Metro-North stops in western Queens


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Photo by Metropolitan Transportation Authority/Patrick Cashin

The wheels are turning once again for one Queens resident who hopes to bring more transportation options to the borough.

Ali Fadil, a Whitestone resident who previously lived in Astoria and Jackson Heights, has started an online petition calling on the MTA to bring Metro-North Railroad access into western Queens as part of its plan to expand the line to Penn Station.

In the MTA’s 2015-2019 $32 billion Capital Program, the agency plans a project that would take the Metro-North’s New Haven line directly to Penn Station, adding four new stations in the Bronx. As part of expansion, the line would use existing track, owned by Amtrak, to go directly into Manhattan.

In doing this, the line would go into Queens but without making any stops in the borough.

“Metro-North wants to run trains through Queens but has no interest in serving Queens, especially since western Queens has seen a lot of growth in the past years,” Fadil said.

This is Fadil’s second petition regarding the expanding of Metro-North stops into the borough. In 2012, when he was only 18, Fadil began his initial petition which gathered 263 signatures. He said the support he got the first time around helped him make his plan more specific on what needs to be done.

“I am here to make sure that our communities get what we deserve and Queens shouldn’t be left out in the cold,” said Fadil, who is a senior studying political science and sociology at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. “When it comes to public transportation, it’s Queens that’s the forgotten borough, not Staten Island.”

The 20-year-old’s petition, which started on Monday and as of Tuesday has 44 signatures, calls on the transportation agency to bring the New Haven line to western Queens and also study two locations along the Amtrak line to be considered for stations. The locations are Astoria Boulevard between 41st and 44th streets, and Northern Boulevard at Broadway, which is close to the M and R trains and two local buses.

The petition also calls on Amtrak to make “necessary structural repairs” to the tracks which go over the Hell Gate Bridge in Astoria and would be used during the expansion of the Metro-North New Haven line.

According to Fadil, the existing Amtrak line is “falling apart” and in need of repair.

In the capital program, the MTA said the Metro-North expansion would include upgrades to power and signal systems, installing of new track and realigning existing tracks, and replacing railroad bridges to accommodate more trains.

According to an MTA spokesperson, there are no plans to construct a Metro-North station in Queens because it is too costly to build an elevated station for a low ridership.

“If I see something that isn’t being done right, I want to see it done right for people,” Fadil said. “That’s why I do what I do.”

Fadil said he now hopes to get support from local elected officials and leaders to help make his ideas a reality.

To check out the petition, click here.

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Q&A: Modern Spaces VP explains Long Island City commercial market


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Photo courtesy of Evan Daniel

Evan Daniel joined Modern Spaces in August as the executive vice president of the firm’s new commercial property division. Before landing at the Long Island City-based real estate company, Daniel worked with Massey Knakal since 2006, covering Long Island City and Astoria. Daniel, who has been married for almost a decade and has two children, also enjoys coaching basketball to seventh- and eighth-grade children at Yeshiva of Central Queens.

In a question-and-answer session with The Courier, Daniel explained the current status of the commercial market in Long Island City and the problems it faces. 

Courier: What is the status of the commercial market in Long Island City?

Daniel: “White-hot and crazy. It doesn’t make sense. We are seeing land values that have literally tripled in a year. We shot passed $200 [per buildable square foot] earlier this year and in the best parts of Long Island City you’re seeing $225, $230, $250, and quite frankly people look at it as a bargain. Some people just look at Long Island City as a comparison to Williamsburg and they say ‘Well, in Williamsburg we’re paying $300 or $400 a buildable square foot.’ In Manhattan it’s over a $1,000. So in Long Island City, it looks cheap.”

Courier: Who is investing into the market?

Daniel: “The money coming into Long Island City is mostly foreign capital right now. I’m on the phone almost every night with investors from Shanghai, and they’re 12 hours ahead so you know what, they start their day 8:30 a.m. in the morning, that’s when I’m finishing my day, 8:30 p.m.”

Courier: How are these foreign investments affecting the market?

Daniel: “It keeps prices arbitrarily high. I can tell you the numbers today are much higher than what they should be and there is a lot of product coming on the market and I think right now a lot of speculation. I think there is going to be some sort of correction in the market where these numbers will come back to Earth a little. They probably already would have, if not for the influx of foreign capital.”

Courier: What would you tell someone that owns property in Long Island City now?

Daniel: “I don’t think we are going to $300 a buildable foot. My advice to sellers or owners if you have a development site is to build up when you have financing available, find a partner to build with you or sell it to somebody who is going to build.”

Courier: Now that more people are living in Long Island City, do you see more office and retail developments coming?

Daniel: “If you moved into this market with the first wave of developments six or seven years ago, it was dead at night and weekends. You’re starting to see more influx of retail. We need to see more big-box retail. Retail definitely will come and it should be able to come, because now you have so many people here and you have tremendous amount of jobs, and employees are here during the day, so now you can sustain retail.

“Office is difficult to say. Because it’s needed and it should happen and we are going to get a tremendous amount of demand we hope in the next couple of years as Roosevelt Island continues to build the Cornell Tech campus and that is going to create a lot of tech jobs and more creative jobs instead of more intensive labor jobs. The question is where are they going to go? Because there is no new construction of new office space and there is no incentive for developers to build new office space, because new office space is not as valuable as residential. So if I have a residential zoned area and I am a developer and I now have to pay $200 a buildable square foot, I can’t justify doing an office building. I will make less money on my office building than I would on my rental building.”

Courier: What must happen to get developers building more office space?

Daniel: “The city needs to figure out some sort of incentive to developers, whatever it may be, for somebody to build new offices. If [Long Island City] had these offices it will keep people here and it’ll give people incentive to stay here or come here, which will help the overall market. You will have your office market, you will have your retail market, and you will have your residential market, and they’ll all be in one mini-city in LIC.”

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LIC poet set to release second book


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Photo by Mike Geffner

One Long Island City resident has turned her heartache into poetry and will soon be releasing her second book.

Audrey Dimola, who has been living in the western Queens neighborhood all her life, is set to release her book “Traversals,” a collection of poetry and prose, on Nov. 3.

Unlike her first book called “Decisions We Make While We Dream,” a collection spanning 12 years of poetry and prose released in 2012, her new book reflects on specific events in her life that took place between the fall of 2011 and present day.

“That’s why I ended up calling it ‘Traversals’ because it ends up being about the journey, survival and going through heartbreak, going through loss and losing yourself and then finding yourself,” Dimola said. “My motto after that became to turn your ache into art.”

In the 176-page self-published book, Dimola uses poetry and prose to reflect on the hardships she faced in losing a loved one, ending a long-term relationship and then growing from the obstacles.

“It makes me pull back and realize that everything has a purpose and everything happens for a reason. And I wouldn’t be in this wonderful place that I am in right now if all those things wouldn’t have happened,” Dimola said. “I hope to be able to help other people.”

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The poet also said putting the book together was an emotional experience, as she looked back on the events in her life. However, she sees the book as a way to honor the events and people that were a part of them.

“[The book] is the beginning of becoming the person that I am, breaking out of the shell and breaking out of myself,” Dimola said. “It’s just a wonderful milestone.”

Strongly involved in the Queens literary community, Dimola recently took part in open mic nights as part of the series The Inspired Word at COFFEED in Long Island City. She said she sees the art community growing and thinks it is important for artists not to be afraid of putting their work out there.

“I just want to stress to artists to not be afraid. In this day and age it is a lot easier to get your work out,” she said. “It is important to support each other, keeping the [art] community up and being brave.”

A formal release party of “Traversals” is scheduled for Nov. 13 at Q.E.D., located at 27-16 23rd. Ave. in Astoria, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The launch party will also feature poetic, musical and dance performances by other artists.

For more information visit www.audreydimola.com.

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George Clinton to sign memoir, give talk at Museum of Moving Image event


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Images courtesy of Museum of the Moving Image

Astoria is gonna get some funk.

George Clinton, known as one of the trendsetters of funk music and the brain behind the 1970s bands Parliament and Funkadelic (P-Funk All Stars), is scheduled to make an appearance at the Museum of the Moving Image on Oct. 27.

Clinton will be present for the screening of the three-part 1994 TV special “Cosmic Slop,” which he hosted, and afterward be part of a discussion, moderated by Grammy winning artist James Mtume.

Following the discussion, there will be a book signing for Clinton’s new memoir called “Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You? : A Memoir.”

Image courtesy of Atria Books

Image courtesy of Atria Books

This event is part of the museum’s “Changing the Picture” series which “celebrates and explores the work of film and television artists of color who are bringing diverse voices to the screen,” according to a description on the museum’s website.

An Evening with George Clinton and Cosmic Slop” begins at 7 p.m at the Museum of the Moving Image, located at 36-01 35th Ave. Tickets are $20.

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Real estate roundup: Alternate Silvercup expansion renderings, city approves shaming landlords, Court Square permits filed


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy of LEESER Architecture

Imagine LIC’s Skyline with this Whimsical Silvercup Addition

The expansion of Long Island City’s Silvercup Studios to include Silvercup West, a mixed-use extension of the famed production studio, hasn’t been a dormant project after all; in fact, LEESER Architecture has been busy creating a plan as an alternate to the originally-proposed Richard Rogers design. Read more [Curbed]

Permits filed for two towers in Court Square

The first permits are up for yet another Court Square tower, this one coming to 27-19 44th Drive. Coincidentally, permits were filed for a 26-story tower right next door yesterday, and the buildings will actually be the same height, with both standing 282 feet tall. Read more [New York YIMBY]

NYC’s Queens to get 2,404 Apartments in Durst Project

Rendering courtesy of Durst Organization

Rendering courtesy of Durst Organization

A partnership including Durst Organization plans to build 2,404 apartments on the East River waterfront in the Astoria section of Queens, New York. Douglas Durst’s company said it will invest $1.5 billion in a 2.5 million square-foot (232,000-square-meter) residential and retail development on Hallets Point, a peninsula just southwest of the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge, according to an e-mailed statement. Read more [Bloomberg]

City to publicly shame harassing landlords

New York City officials will publicly post the names of landlords found to have harassed tenants, hoping the public shaming will be a deterrent. The mayor signed a bill on Tuesday that will require the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development to post on its website the names of landlords found in housing court to have harassed tenants. Read more [New York Times]