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Mixed-use manufacturing and residential building planned for LIC


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Plans for a new five-story, mixed-use residential and manufacturing building were filed for 40-05 Crescent St. in Long Island City.

The structure will house 32 apartments in 25,018 square feet of residential space, according to records with the Department of Buildings.

The building will also include 11,415 square feet of manufacturing space.

Crescent Owners LLC, which owns the one-story manufacturing building currently on the lot, also filed for 48 enclosed parking spaces.

T.F. Cusanelli and Filletti Architects are designing the building.

 

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Plans for 16-story Two Fulton Square in Flushing moving ahead


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With construction on twin 12-story towers at One Fulton Square wrapping up, The F&T Group is moving on to its sibling project at Two Fulton Square across the street.

The company filed plans with the Department of Buildings (DOB) on Tuesday for the project, which will be located on 39th Avenue between College Point Boulevard and Prince Street in downtown Flushing, about a block away from the No. 7 train.

One Fulton Square

The new building will be a 16-story mixed-use commercial, residential and community site sitting on 1,192,954 square feet, and will replace Flushing Mall.

Two Fulton Square will house 397 apartments in 368,868 square feet of residential space, and have 520 enclosed parking spaces, according to DOB filings.

It will also include 350,711 square feet of commercial space and 32,703 square feet of community space, according to the filings.

The 170-foot-tall building is being designed by Margulies Hoelzli Architecture. F&T Group is expected to file plans with the Board of Standard and Appeals for variances soon.

“The F&T Group has been evaluating a number of options for the redevelopment of the Flushing Mall site and recently submitted building plans to the NYC Department of Buildings as the first step in a potential future submission to the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA),” F&T Group said in a statement. “Once our plans for the BSA are finalized, we look forward to sharing them with the community.”

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LIC’s Secret Theatre to stay open after surpassing fundraising goal


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Photo by Orestes Gonzalez

The show will go on at one Long Island City theatre thanks to a successful online fundraising campaign.

Last month Richard Mazda, founder of the Secret Theatre, located at 44-02 23rd St., started an Indiegogo campaign looking to raise enough money to help keep the doors of the theatre open.

The fundraising site came after Mazda said the theatre had to deal with financial difficulties starting in late 2012 after the Department of Buildings (DOB) found the landlord’s certificate of occupancy was out of date.

The goal of the Indiegogo campaign, which ends Sept. 4 at 11:59 p.m., was set at $10,000, and as of Thursday afternoon $10,860 had been raised.

“I feel really good about it,” Mazda said about seeing the overwhelming amount of support. “Coming out and saying we’re in trouble was not easy. I feel very luck that so many people did rush to help.”

The Secret Theatre opened in 2007 and has since produced weekly children’s theatre shows, held classes for students, provided coaching services, produced in-house shows and co-produced productions.

Along with raising the money to pay for expenses, Mazda also said the funds will go toward renovations such as putting a restroom inside the Little Theatre, which had to be moved to an alternative spot in the 23rd Street building after violations were found by the DOB.

He also hopes to turn the theatre into a nonprofit organization.

Mazda said he plans to start the Queens Theatre Fund, a small organization which brings together the Queens theatre community to create funding for “exceptional and emergency circumstances,” such as the one in which the Secret Theatre found itself.

“I tried to be very transparent and sincere and a lot of people have said to me that what I was saying to them hit home. They understood from the way that I communicated the message,” Mazda said about the overall fundraising experience. “I think they realized the Secret Theatre is a resource for the community.”

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Update: Foundation work underway for Fresh Meadows 12-story hotel


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Foundation work is progressing on a planned 12-story mixed-use hotel near the Fresh Meadows Shopping Center.

The hotel, which is designed by Tan Architect, will be divided into 14,672 square feet of residential space, 40,675 square feet of retail space and 2,239 square feet of community space, according to filings with the Department of Buildings.

The site at 61-27 186th Street was previously vacant land across from the mall’s parking lot.

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The new structure will have 22 rooms and is expected to be completed in January 2016, according to the work poster at the site.

City records also show that there will be 45 enclosed parking spaces.

Fresh meadows lot side

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11-story condominium building planned for LIC


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Rendering courtesy of Fogarty Finger Architects

New condos are coming to the Hunter’s Point section of Long Island City.

Local companies Charney Construction & Development and Ascent Development are working on an 11-story mixed-use residential and commercial building, which will have 56 apartments, according to New York YIMBY.

The building will be located on 11-51 47th Avenue, blocks from 5Pointzwhich is being torn down for massive apartment towers— and near MoMA PS1.

Designed by Fogarty Finger Architects, the proposed 125-foot structure will be comprised of 52,728 square feet of residential space and an additional 1,280 square feet of commercial space, according to filings with the Department of Buildings.

The building will also have 23 enclosed parking spots, and will also come complete with various amenities, including a kids room, a gym and a lounge. There is also a terrace that allows views of Manhattan.

An architect on the project said the condos, which will have lots of two and three-bedroom apartments, indicate a change in Long Island City of families moving into the neighborhood .

“Because you can’t buy anything in Manhattan, people are looking at these neighborhoods and realizing how great they are,” Chris Fogarty of Fogarty Finger said. “These are people looking to stay a while.”

 

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LIC’s Secret Theatre turns to fundraising campaign to survive


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Photo by Orestes Gonzalez

One Long Island City theatre is looking to raise enough money to help keep its doors open.

Richard Mazda, founder of the Secret Theatre, located at 44-02 23rd St., has started an Indiegogo fundraising campaign after having to deal with financial difficulties starting in late 2012.

The difficulties came after the Department of Buildings found the landlord’s certificate of occupancy was out of date, which meant that Mazda had to pay DOB fines, hire architects to get correct permits in place and also move the site’s Little Theatre to an alternative spot in the 23rd Street building.

“We were under the threat of closing one space and just having the big theatre, or closing both spaces and literally calling it a day,” Mazda said. “No matter how hard we tried we couldn’t dig our way out just from our normal thin profit margin.”

Mazda continued to explain that the Secret Theatre breaks even with the money coming in from ticket sales, but to pay for the “unexpected costs” they now had to turn to the community to help cover some debts and also continue offering programs to the community.

The Secret Theatre opened in 2007 and has since produced weekly children’s theatre shows, held classes for students, provided coaching services, and produced in-house and co-produced productions.

“I am comfortable that we will raise a good amount of money,” Mazda said. “I am very moved by the support we are receiving so far and I look forward to being able to thank more people.”

Along with raising the money to pay for expenses, Mazda also said he hopes to bring change to the Secret Theatre and turn it into a nonprofit organization.

The Indiegogo campaign has a goal of $10,000 and will run until Sept. 4.

“At this point in time I don’t think we will close. We are still in trouble, but the reaction from people has been incredible,” Mazda said.

For more information visit secrettheatre.com. To donate to the Secret Theatre’s fundraising campaign, click here.

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Plans filed for 33-floor, mixed-use residential building in LIC


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Photo courtesy Property Shark

Another towering residential structure is planned for Long Island City.

Plans for a 33-story residential and commercial building have been filed with the Department of Buildings  on a vacant lot blocks away from Court Square Park and the subway station on Jackson Avenue.

The building, which is planned for 44-26 Purves St., will comprise 270 units in 206,546 square feet of residential space, according to Department of Buildings records.

FXFOWLE Architects is designing the residential tower, which will also include 517 square feet of commercial space.

The 33-floor building will join not only the 50-story One Court Square building in the LIC skyline, but also another mammoth mixed-use residential building that is planned for the burgeoning neighborhood.

Rockrose Development Corporation is working on a 50-story building at 43-25 Hunter St. with 767,305 square feet of residential space and 18,800 square feet of retail space. There will be 974 units and 67 enclosed parking spots.

Excavation work recently began on this development, according to The Court Square Blog.

 

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Work progressing on 13-story Flushing residential building  


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Excavation work recently began on a planned 13-story residential building in Flushing.

The building, which will be located on the corner of Main Street and Elder Avenue near the Queens Botanical Garden, will have 20 apartments, according to filings with the Department of Buildings.

Raymond Chan Architect designed the building, and it is expected to be completed by winter 2015.

 

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Plans filed for 150-room, 26-story LIC hotel


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

A 26-story mixed-use hotel is coming to Long Island City.

The hotel, which will be located at 32-35 Queens Blvd., will have 150 rooms, New York YIMBY reported.

Raymond Chan Architect is designing the building.

The hotel will be just over 104,000 square feet, with a 44,400 square-foot community facility, according to filings owner Fongtar Realty made with the Department of Buildings.

A two-story commercial structure that currently sits on the property will need to be demolished before construction can begin.

 

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Woodside catering hall sold for $9.8 million


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Elite Palace catering hall on Garfield Avenue in Woodside is under new management.

V.G.F. Properties LLC sold the building to 6902 Garfield Ave LLC in a $9.8 million transaction, which was finalized on Wednesday, according to city records.

The more than 22,000-square-foot building, which hosts everything from weddings to Sweet 16 parties, has a grand ballroom with 20-foot ceilings and 22 Bavarian crystal chandeliers. The catering hall can accommodate events of up to 700 people. There are also 83 parking spots on the property and valet parking.

The building was converted to a catering hall in 2008, according to Department of Buildings filings. The new owners plan to continue to operate the catering business, according to a representative.

 

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Rendering for Long Island City office building conversion released


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Rendering courtesy Avinash K Malhotra


Meadow Partners released a rendering of its conversion of a Long Island City building on 42-15 Crescent St., which is set to be completed next year.

The building, which is being designed by Avinash K Malhotra Architects, was an office and retail structure that was bought by Meadow in December 2012 for $19 million, according to the Commercial Observer.

The structure will expand from its current nine stories to 11, according to Department of Buildings filings, and is expected to include 124 residential units and retail space on the ground floor.

 

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Rendering posted of new 15-story Flushing building


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Developers planning to build on 36-16 Main St. posted the rendering of a new building that’ll soon make its mark in the ever-growing downtown Flushing skyline.

The new building, which is being designed by JWC Architects Engineer DPC, will be a 15-story residential development, according to Department of Buildings records.

The structure, which will be located near the intersection of Northern Boulevard and Main Street, has an anticipated completion date for 2018.

 

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Ridgewood Theater’s residential conversion approved


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The Department of Buildings approved a permit to turn the Ridgewood Theater into a multi-purpose building last week, according to neighborhood news and real estate blog Curbed NY.

The approved permit reveals plans to add two more stories to the three-story building that once housed an almost century-old movie theater. The first floor will be an entertainment venue while the other floors will be used to create 50 apartment units. The owner, Bushburg Properties, told Curbed that they are still in the planning stage and that a completion date has not been set. The movie theater is landmarked so any plans require the owner to preserve the façade of the building.

The permit shows that there will be 13,638 square feet of commercial space but the venue hasn’t been leased yet. Community leaders are brainstorming ideas for what kind of entertainment would work best in the first floor space.


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New Ridgewood restaurant criticized for ‘soft-core porn’ wall art


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THE COURIER/Photos by Eric Jankiewicz

A new Ridgewood restaurant hoping to capture the influx of hipsters has alienated them with a series of photographs of nude women.

The bar stocks Brooklyn-made vodka. One wall is lined with exposed brick cobbled in California. The handmade chandeliers hanging over the oak-wood bar cost $600 a piece. Cream offers food that would be found in higher-end restaurants, such as pan-seared striped bass, herb-marinated rack of lamb and crème brûlée. Besides two floors for seating and a bar, Cream also has a backyard garden with wooden benches.

“You can have a drink here and really good food without going to Williamsburg or Manhattan,” owner John Black said.

It should have been an instant hit.

Many of the restaurant’s features appeal to reviewers but then they get to the photos.

“Wall décor is tasteless, with faceless women in various states of undress. Downloaded, low-res black & white nudie pics don’t make a restaurant’s décor artsy or sexy — just tacky,” one reviewer wrote about the restaurant on Yelp. “Even the bathroom has an 8×10 of a naked woman sitting on a toilet … gross.”

Others have complained of staring at “a crotch shot while eating” and that the photos border the line of “soft-core porn.” All of which made one reviewer on Yelp feel like they were “in some strange restaurant in NJ.”

But owner Black argues that the pictures are beautiful and that people who complain about the naked pictures are being obtuse. “I’m not showing any dirty girls,” Black, 76, said. “The hipsters should go back to the south or wherever it is they came from. They want me to be like Williamsburg.”

Black owns the Myrtle Avenue building that houses Cream and lives in the neighborhood.

He bought the building on Myrtle Avenue, in 2006 but due to Department of Building inspection problems, he wasn’t able to open the business until this May.

“We did everything twice and I had to spend an extra $300,000,” he said. “But in the end I said, ‘I’m not a quitter’ so I finished the job.”

 

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Renderings released for 50-story LIC development


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Renderings Courtesy of SLCE Architects

The sky’s the limit for real estate in Long Island City.

Rockrose Development Corporation has released renderings for its newest 50-story development coming to the western Queens neighborhood at 43-25 Hunter St.

Permits for the project were partially approved on June 27, according to records from the city’s Department of Buildings. As of yet, no start date has been released.

The 970,000-square-foot tower will be made up of 19,000 square feet of ground floor retail space and 974 apartments, of which 20 percent will be affordable units.

According to published reports, the development will also include a 14-story building adjacent to the 50-story tower.


Rendering of the 14-story building adjacent to the 50-story tower

There will be 18,000 square feet of interior amenity space and three large rooftop terraces. Amenities include a fitness center, basketball court, billiard room, rooftop solarium and great lawn, yoga studio, zen garden, screening room, library, children’s playroom, and a 38th floor rooftop terrace and lounge.

The building, designed by SLCE Architects, will be one of the tallest in Long Island City, according to published reports. Nearby in Astoria, 42-12 28th St. by developer Heatherwood Communities beats 43-25 Hunter St. with a total of 58 stories in height.

 

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