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Real estate roundup: Hunter’s Point South affordable housing developers throwing a party


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Photo courtesy of Related Companies

Party at the Site Where $500-a-Month Apartments Are Rising in Hunters Point

Residents interested in applying for one of the hundreds of affordable apartments in the first phase of Hunters Point South can check out the neighborhood next week at a party being thrown by the developers.” Read more [DNAinfo]

Near $4 million Douglaston mansion most expensive listing in Queens

A nine-bedroom mansion on 234th Street was the priciest Queens home put on the market last month. [The Real Deal]

Forest Hills residents think their beloved Bonelle Pastry Shop is worth fighting for  

“Queens cookie fans are crumbling at the news that a beloved borough bakery is closing at the end of the year — possibly due to an incoming Dunkin Donuts. Bonelle Pastry Shop in Forest Hills will lose its lease at the end of December after serving up its specialty cakes and almond croissants for more than 20 years, shop owner Rahita Ravel said.” Read more [The New York Daily News]

City Living: Rego park is as Queens as it gets

“The neighborhood is characterized by its main arteries of Queens Boulevard, Junction Boulevard, 63rd Drive and Woodhaven Boulevard – pulsing with retail and culinary activity — juxtaposed with quiet residential streets featuring picturesque Tudor homes.” Read more [amNewYork]

 

Indoor fun at the Flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


The fun continues in Long Island City as the LIC Flea & Food has made its move indoors for its annual holiday market.

Since last weekend, the LIC Flea Holiday Market has been now located at the warehouse connected to the original outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue.

Every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 21, the indoor holiday market will include a mix of LIC Flea favorite vendors with new faces offering local, handmade and uniquely curated items. Vendors will also be selling delicious treats and drinks. Shoppers will be able to find something for everyone on their list.

The LIC Flea Beer Garden also remains open, offering selections from local breweries SingleCut Beersmiths, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and Rockaway Brewing Company. Drink specials including $2 beer and $3 wine is available from 4 to 5 p.m.

There will be great events in the weekends to come such as Lego building, cupcake making, pictures with Santa Claus and much more.

Shoppers can also enter the LIC Flea Black Friday challenge by stopping at the market and getting all their holiday shopping done before Dec. 1. Those who show $100 or more worth of receipts from the LIC Flea from November will have a chance to win $100 in Flea Bucks to be spent in the month of December. See www.facebook.com/licflea for how to enter.

The LIC Flea Holiday Market is open every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information visit www.licflea.com or www.facebook.com/licflea.

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Blind LIC woman completes 10th NYC Marathon, fundraises for blind Afghanis


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Jack D’Isidoro

BY JACK D’ISIDORO

A row of gleaming medals, suspended by colorful ribbons, hangs along a wall in Nooria Nodrat’s Long Island City kitchen.

“There’s a lot,” Nodrat said, laughing.

Each medal represents a race she’s completed, despite being blind and suffering from severe asthma. The most recent award is from the 2014 New York City Marathon — her 10th.

“I don’t have superpowers, I’m just persistent,” said the 53-year-old grandmother, who finished the 26.2-mile course in 8 hours, 26 minutes and 49 seconds.

But for Nodrat, the race isn’t over yet. The Afghanistan Blind Women and Children (ABWC) Foundation, a charity she started in 2009 to help the visually impaired in her native country, will be holding a fundraiser on Nov. 11 to celebrate its fifth anniversary. She hopes to raise $10,000 to buy educational supplies for five blind Afghan girls determined to attend college.

“The need of educating blind people is very severe in Afghanistan. I’m hoping we’re able to do something in their lives,” Nodrat said.

Nodrat has always run for charity, but ABWC is much more personal. Besides her own impairment, both her late husband and brother were blind. Some 400,000 Afghanis, or 2 percent of the population, are blind, according to the World Health Organization.

“I’m a New Yorker,” said Nodrat, who came to the city as a political refugee in 1991.

Six years later, she was attacked by a deranged woman while waiting on the subway platform. Nodrat’s head injuries were so severe that she eventually went blind. The perpetrator was never caught.

“When I lost my sight, I don’t want to say I was a good person,” Nodrat said. “But adaptation is very crucial. You have to accept who you are and that’s it.”

Nodrat started running in 2003 when a friend suggested she attend one of the weekly workouts that Achilles International, an organization that assists disabled athletes, sponsors in Central Park. Shortly after meeting Nicole Meyer, a volunteer guide, the two decided they’d run the marathon together.

Nodrat prepares in the two months leading up to the marathon by holding onto a tether — or sometimes even a dishrag — shared with different volunteers while they jog the park’s loops.

“She’s tough and doesn’t complain,” said Robert Cremin, an Achilles volunteer who guided Nodrat through Sunday’s race. “She really thinks with her heart, does what it takes to make her foundation a success, and gets up and does it again.”

Nodrat’s dream is to eventually establish schools for the blind in Afghanistan. There is currently only one in the entire country: a 200-student school in Kabul.

“I’m not a millionaire lady, but I have my physical strength and I try to use it,” said Nodrat. “I want to offer my support to people who really need it.”

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Offices at the Square begins marketing space above popular LIC beer garden


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

The new owner of events hall Studio Square in Long Island City is converting it into an office building, and has begun marketing space as Offices at the Square.

The building, which is located at 35-37 36th St., was constructed in 1930 and originally used as a factory, according to city records.

Emmes Asset Management bought the structure in June for nearly $30 million from S Hospitality Group, which opened Studio Square in 2009. S Hospitality paid $13.7 million for the property in 2008, city records show.

The popular beer garden, The Garden at Studio Square, on the ground floor of the building, will stay put, but Emmes is looking for new office tenants to fill the second to sixth floors —approximately 63,000 square feet — as S Hospitality Group moves out by July 2015.

Emmes is willing to separate the floors for a mix of companies or lease the full available space to one tenant, according to a representative of JRT Realty Group, which is handling leasing in the building.

As the land prices in Long Island City continue to rise, developers are turning to residential buildings to maximize profits, experts said, but Offices at the Square provides an opportunity for much needed office space for companies looking to expand or move into the area.


“Offices at the Square is no doubt an attractive alternative for office tenants, including high growth, emerging tech or creative firms getting priced out of the city,” said George Karnoupakis, asset manager of Emmes’ NYC Interborough Fund.

Each level in the building has been modernized within the past few years with polished concrete floors, and the fifth and sixth floors feature floor-to-ceiling windows with unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline, according to JRT Realty. But the former factory building retains its tall, exposed ceilings, and open spaces.


The roof features more views of the Queens landscape and city skyline as well as functions as a meeting space for companies.

The R, N, Q, and M subway lines are nearby Offices at the Square, and eateries such as a Dunkin’ Donuts, S Prime Steakhouse and the newly opened Mexican restaurant Tacuba are on the same block.

Visit the Offices at the Square website for more information.

Floor plan courtesy of Emmes Asset Management.

Floor plan courtesy of Emmes Asset Management.

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Real estate roundup: Residential support for Astoria Cove, Saving murals for Cornell’s Roosevelt Island tech campus


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy of STUDIO V Architecture

NYCHA residents wants Astoria Cove

“There has been a lot of debate about this 1.7 million square-foot waterfront development. We’ve heard opinions coming from The Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan — but take it from neighbors who live down the street in the NYCHA Astoria Houses, one for the past 61 years and the other for 60 years: This project can help move our community in the right direction.” Read more [The New York Post]

At Future Cornell Campus, the First Step in Restoring Murals Is Finding Them

“Cornell University and its conservators faced a lot of challenges rescuing three rare 7-by-50-foot murals from the Goldwater Memorial Hospital on Roosevelt Island. The first challenge was finding two of them.” Read more [New York Times]

Douglas Durst Talks Queens, Midtown and WTC

“While the Durst Organization was known for developing Manhattan commercial spaces — Seymour Durst once said he “would never buy anything he couldn’t walk to” from his Manhattan office — Mr. Durst has become a residential developer of late, with two Manhattan rental projects nearing completion and negotiations underway to build a massive mixed-use project in Hallets Point, Queens.” Read more [Commercial Observer]

Radiology Center Opens in Long-Vacant Northern Boulevard Building

“Main Street Radiology at 72-06 Northern Blvd. opened with limited services on Oct. 6, but has since expanded its offerings — modern ultrasounds, mammograms and stress tests, according to assistant director Todd DiLeonardo.” Read more [DNAinfo]

Developer TF Cornerstone to be honored for role in transforming LIC  


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Photo courtesy of TF Cornerstone

TF Cornerstone has been one of the main faces in the real estate development boom currently occurring in Long Island City.

Recently, the real estate firm completed its 10-year, $1.4 billion Center Boulevard project, which includes six residential towers on the LIC waterfront with unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline that provide a high-quality living space for a community of more than 6,000 people.

TF Cornerstone was also selected to develop two residential towers for the second phase of the city’s Hunter’s Point South affordable housing project, further bringing more residential opportunity to the neighborhood. The buildings will have 1,193 apartments, 796 of which will be affordable. The towers will also feature a gym, rooftop gardens and decks, and an on-site senior recreational center.

Because of these investments in the neighborhood, the Long Island City Partnership, an organization that focuses on fostering economic growth in the community, will honor the founding brothers of TF Cornerstone, K. Thomas and Frederick Elghanayan, at its 27th annual luncheon on Nov 13.

“We’ve come to love this community as we’ve watched it grow and, for that reason, receiving this award is truly special,” the Elghanayan brothers said. “We’d like to thank the Long Island City Partnership for this honor, and we’re looking forward to many more years of partnerships with groups and individuals in LIC as we begin our next chapter of development in Hunter’s Point South.”

Aside from constructing towers, TF Cornerstone has played a major role in building the community aspects of LIC through supporting local events and institutions, such as the LIC Flea, LIC Arts Open and P.S. 78 and developing Gantry Plaza State Park.

“They’ve been part of that revolutionary vision of what LIC can be as a residential neighborhood,” said Elizabeth Lusskin, president of the LIC Partnership. “People who were attracted to the dollar value now want to stay here for the community value, and that is a testament to the Elghanayans and TF Cornerstone.”

Hundreds of attendees are expected to attend the luncheon, which will be held at Astoria World Manor.

Kenneth Adams, president and CEO of Empire State Development, will give the keynote speech and Community Board 2 Chairman Joseph Conley will receive the William D. Modell Community Service Award.

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Real estate roundup: New homeless shelters here to stay, huge development planned over LIC family cemetery


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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

Pan Am and Westway Set to Become Permanent Homeless Shelters, City Says

“At least two emergency homeless shelters that opened this year in Queens, including the controversial site at the former Pan Am Hotel, will become permanent facilities, officials said.” Read more [DNAinfo]

Long in Repose, Last Remnants of a Founding Family Will Leave Long Island City

“More people are buried in Queens than are living there now. This is a story of some of the departed. Precisely how many will not be known, though, until a bulldozer breaks ground early next year for a 42-story apartment tower in Long Island City, on the site of what was once a cemetery, owned by a family that settled there 350 years ago.” Read more [The New York Times]

The Sandwich Bar is spreading out onto 33rd Street– adding 24 seats

“The Sandwich Bar is likely to be getting a whole lot bigger. Alex Valavanis, owner of the 33-01 Ditmars Blvd establishment, recently went before Community Board 1 and was approved for an enclosed sidewalk café.” Read more [Astoria Post]

 

Townhouses planned for recently sold LIC sites


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Photo courtesy of Scott Bintner/ PropertyShark.

GDC Properties is hoping to construct townhouse developments at two connecting sites in Long Island City that it recently purchased, according to a published report.

The townhouses will be on 11-22 45th Rd. and 45-35 11th St., the Commercial Observer reported.

The developer snatched up the sites for a combined $44 million. Eunhasu Corporation sold a one-story warehouse at 45th Road to GDC for $37 million and Kyu Heung Park sold a factory on 11th Street to the firm for $7 million, according to city records.

According to the Observer, GDC expects the townhouses to be complete in 18 months.

Demolition permits have already been filed with the Department of Buildings for the existing structures on both sites.

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Real estate roundup: Property Markets Group receives $130M for planned LIC rental tower


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Photo courtesy of Property Markets Group 

Property Markets Group gets $130M financing for LIC tower

“Kevin Maloney’s Property Markets Group has locked down more than $130 million in construction financing for its planned 44-story rental tower in Long Island City, property records filed with the city today show.” Read more [The Real Deal]

New sushi restaurant to open on Vernon

“A new sushi restaurant is opening on Vernon Blvd. The restaurant will be located at 46-44 Vernon Blvd between Alobar and  Petey’s Burger.” Read more [LIC Post]

Homeless shelter sparks heated debate at Police Precinct meeting

“The Westway Motor Inn, which was converted into a full-time homeless shelter in July, was at the center of some heated discussion at this month’s 114th Police Precinct meeting on Tuesday. Several residents claimed that there had been an uptick in crime near the 71-11 Astoria Blvd. shelter and that the quality of life for nearby residents is on the decline.” Read more [Astoria Post] 

LIC Flea indoor holiday market kicks off this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Even as the weather gets colder, the LIC Flea & Food will continue to bring the fun to Long Island City.

The popular flea market, which was located at the outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will move indoors this weekend to the warehouse connected to the lot in order to launch the LIC Flea Holiday Market.

For the opening weekend, guests will be able to enjoy live jazz music by Dandy Wellington and His Band and spinning tunes by DJ Johnny Seriuss.

Every Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 21, the indoor holiday market will include a mix of LIC Flea favorite vendors with new faces offering local, handmade and uniquely curated items. Vendors will also be selling delicious treats and drinks.

The LIC Flea Beer Garden will remain open, offering selections from local breweries SingleCut Beersmiths, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and Rockaway Brewing Company.

There will be great events in the weekends to come such as Lego building, cupcake making, pictures with Santa Claus and much more.

The LIC Flea Holiday Market is open every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information visit www.licflea.com or www.facebook.com/licflea.

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Real estate roundup: Nothing imminent planned for Sunnyside Yards, City halts Rockaway homeless shelter plan


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Photo courtesy of Jim Henderson/ Wikipedia Commons

Van Bramer takes de Blasio at his word that nothing is imminent with Sunnyside Yards

“The revelation last week that Amtrak is considering developing the Sunnyside Yards caught most people by surprise—including Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.” Read more [Sunnyside Post]  

5 Pointz building just weeks away from becoming rubble

“Demolition of the five-story building that was once at the heart of the 5 Pointz graffiti Mecca began earlier this week and is expected to be gone in about three weeks, according to building owner Jerry Wolkoff.”  Read more [LIC Post]

City scraps plan for homeless shelter in Rockaway

“One day after Councilman Donovan Richards asked the de Blasio administration to reconsider opening a men’s homeless shelter in his Rockaway district, the Department of Homeless Services said it has scrapped the plan.” Read more [Capital]

New Digs in Long Island City

“When Renee McAdams was attending Columbia Business School more than two decades ago, she swore she would never leave New York. But leave she did, right after her 1992 graduation.” Read more [The New York Times]

 

Giant drill nearly pierces F train in Queens


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Photo via Wikimedia Commons

A drill struck the top of an occupied F train in Long Island City on Thursday, nearly missing the subway car, according to the MTA.

The drill, which had a 10-inch wide bit, according to published reports, was being used for a construction project involving the East Side Access project. It hit the train shortly before noon just outside of the 21st Street station.

The drill damaged the top of the car, but did not enter it, the transit agency said. No one was injured.

About 800 riders, who were on the train, had to be taken off and led back to the station.

The MTA is investigating the incident.

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Report: LIC wins race in property sales along marathon route


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Photo courtesy of StreetEasy 

Long Island City is the winner of the home sales race between the neighborhoods along the TCS New York City Marathon route, according to a report by StreetEasy, which compiled the list ahead of Sunday’s race.

Condos, co-ops, townhomes and single-family residences spent a median of 19 days on the market in the burgeoning Queens neighborhood, beating second place Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (28 days), trendy Williamsburg, Brooklyn (35 days) and pricey Midtown Manhattan (129 days).

Click here to see more of the report.

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Real estate roundup: 15-story LIC hotel planned, more Queensboro Hill row house conversions


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Queensboro Hill nightmare continues

“In less than one year, a third oversized house is now being built on 56th Road in Queensboro Hill.” Read more [Queens Crap]

Permits for 15-Story Hotel at 41-32 27th Street in Long Island City 

“An LLC has filed applications to precede construction of a 15-story and 46-room hotel of 34,409 square feet at 41-32 27th Street, in Long Island City; an existing two-story structure was approved for demolition in September, and Arc Architecture + Design Studio is designing.” Read more [New York YIMBY]

These key players will decide the fate of Astoria Cove

“The mixed-use 2.2 million-square-foot megaproject known as Astoria Cove is widely seen as the first test of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s mandatory inclusionary zoning program. The proposal by a consortium of developers led by Alma Realty includes 345 affordable units (or 20 percent of the roughly 1,700 units), a number that affordable housing advocates and elected officials have said is too low.” Read more [The Real Deal]

In Astoria, Queens, a Youth Movement, With Souvlaki

“It can take a while for some people to get acquainted with the quieter, lower-slung section of Astoria, Queens, called Ditmars by its residents and sometimes referred to as Ditmars-Steinway by real estate agents.” Read more [The New York Times]

60-year-old hit and killed by cement truck in LIC


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A cement truck fatally hit a 60-year-old pedestrian as the man was crossing Northern Boulevard Wednesday afternoon, police said.

The vehicle, a Mack cement truck, was driving westbound on Northern Boulevard at about 12:15 p.m. when it struck the man near 34th Street in Long Island City, authorities said.

The victim, who has yet to be identified by police, was taken to Mount Sinai Queens where he was pronounced dead.

According to police, the driver remained at the scene and the NYPD’s Highway District Collision Investigation Squad is investigating.

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