Tag Archives: Long Island City

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).

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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

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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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Real estate roundup: 3 hotels planned for Jamaica, housing problems in Flushing  


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Photo courtesy of Massey Knakal 

Developer Plans 3 Hotels, Apartment Building and Supermarket in Jamaica

“A Flushing-based developer who recently plunked down $22 million in cash to buy the largest property in Downtown Jamaica, is planning to build three Marriott-brand hotels in the area, he said.” Read more [DNAinfo]

Family Blames Home Collapse on Nearby Sinkhole

“A Queens family thinks a nearby sinkhole on the street is the reason a giant hole opened up under their home, forcing them out. But they say the city has been no help in getting the sinkhole fixed.” Read more [NBC]

New report by Assemblyman Ron Kim shows the majority of people who come into his Flushing district office need help with housing

“The freshman state legislator issued his first-ever “District Trends Report,” analyzing 17,687 visits to his Flushing office from constituents since he took office in Jan. 2013.” Read more [New York Daily News]

The Beast Next Door to open late November

“The Beast Next Door, a neighborhood café and bar located at 42-51 27th Street, is set to open in about a month. It will be a café by day and a full bar by night, according to owner John Veenema.” Read more [LIC Post]

 

 

 

Citi Bike finally coming to Queens


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The city’s first bike share program will soon become a reality in Queens.

Long Island City and Astoria are part of a list of neighborhoods in the city that will receive Citi Bike docking stations in upcoming years, officials announced on Tuesday.

The news came as former MTA chairman and CEO Jay Walder was named the incoming CEO of Alta Bicycle Share, the operator of Citi Bike. Alta was recently bought by investment firm REQX Ventures, according to published reports.

“Even as we are enhancing and improving our system we will expand it as well, we will double the number of bikes and we will bring them to new neighborhoods in Upper Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens,” Walder said.

As part of the announcement, the Department of Transportation (DOT), Alta and Citi said the bike share system would expand from 330 stations and 6,000 bicycles to more than 700 stations and 12,000 bikes by the end of 2017.

Along with expanding the bike share program, Citi Bike will also overhaul every bicycle in the system, fix every existing docking station and enhance the technology used in the program.

“Anyone who uses Citi Bike regularly knows that it should be more reliable, it should be easier to use and it should be accessible to more of the city,” Walder said. “In short, Citi Bike has the potential to be so much more and today we are committing to make that potential a reality.”

While being committed to improving the service, the price rates for annual membership will jump from $95 to $149.

Although the locations of stations in western Queens have yet to be announced, local elected officials are excited that Queens will finally become a part of the Citi Bike Share program.

“Once and for all the blue bikes are in Queens,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. “There is no such thing as a citywide program that does not include the great borough of Queens.”

State Sen. Michael Gianaris worked with DOT last year to include Astoria in the Citi Bike plans. There are also plans to include other parts of Queens in the future, according to officials.

Last November the DOT started the process of bringing the bike share program to the western Queens neighborhoods by getting community input from Community Boards 1 and 2.

Now the agency will go back to working with the community to reassess the recommended sites for stations and see if any have changed.

“We want these blue bikes here as soon as possible because people are going to be able to experience Queens in a way that they haven’t, see our cultural institutions, shop at our restaurants, explore the wonders of the waterfront and folks from here are going to be able to have another opportunity to get around,” Van Bramer said.

Long Island City was supposed to be part of the Citi Bike’s initial phase, which debuted last May, but was pushed back after equipment damages from Superstorm Sandy caused a delay.

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Real estate roundup: Landmark LIC clock tower, Breezy Point chooses to rebuild


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Scott Bintner/ PropertyShark 

Locals Look to Landmark Clock Tower Building in Queens Plaza

“Residents who live near the former Bank of Manhattan building in Queens Plaza — known for its clock tower — are pushing to see the structure landmarked.” Read more [DNAinfo]

Breezy Point Residents Choose to Remain and Rebuild

“In the two years since Hurricane Sandy devastated New York’s waterfront, the city has undergone a painful recovery process. In Breezy Point, Sea Gate, Ocean Breeze and Oakwood Beach—some of the neighborhoods hit hardest by the storm—residents have struggled to choose between rebuilding or retreating from the water.” Read more [Curbed]

Half of Illegal Home Subdivision Complaints Are in Queens

“Half of city’s complaints about illegal apartment conversions or subdivisions are in Queens, prompting an aggressive approach by the Department of Buildings in the borough, according to a representative from the agency.” Read more [DNAinfo]

Full Reveal: Planned Parenthood at 21-41 45th Road

“Scaffolding is down at 21-41 45th Road, the future home of Planned Parenthood.” Read more [The Court Square Blog]

 

 

Fake home health service rep steals from elderly woman in LIC: cops


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Photo courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a suspect they say posed as a home health service representative and stole from a 75-year-old woman’s home in Long Island City.

On Oct. 13 the suspect, described as a 50-year-old woman, was allowed into the victim’s apartment, located inside the Queensbridge Houses at 40-09 12th St., at about 8:20 a.m. after posing as a representative from the victim’s home health service company, authorities said.

Once inside the apartment the suspect took the victim’s pocketbook and fled, according to police.

The NYPD has released a surveillance photo of the suspect.

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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LIC, Jackson Heights highlighted in new ‘See Your City’ campaign


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Two western Queens neighborhoods are part of a new campaign encouraging New Yorkers to stretch their legs and explore their own backyards.

NYC & Company, the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for New York City, has launched a new promotional campaign called “See Your City” to motivate residents to explore the diverse neighborhoods found in all five boroughs.

The three-month promotional campaign will showcase 10 neighborhoods throughout the city including Jackson Heights and Long Island City.

“For visitors, a trip to New York City is a vacation for a lifetime. For a lucky 8 million, it’s just a subway ride away,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “We want to give New Yorkers a new perspective on the five boroughs. Start thinking of the more than 250 New York City neighborhoods as 250 opportunities to travel.”

Content featuring itinerary suggestions and video postcards will be included on NYC & Company’s website and five of the 10 neighborhoods, including Long Island City, will be promoted through custom illustrations inspired by vintage travel posters.

The LIC poster features an art piece at Socrates Sculpture Park overlooking the Manhattan skyline and the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge.

“With See Your City, we were challenged with the task of selling New York City to New Yorkers, and our goal was to create inspiration to convince New Yorkers to explore their own backyards,” said Emily Lessard, NYC & Company creative director.

The See Your City campaign will be promoted through bus shelters throughout the city, posts on NYC & Company’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, commercials running in city taxicabs, and through American Express’ digital channels.

Since Oct. 15, social media ambassadors have been promoting the program on Instagram through sharing images with the official hashtag #seeyourcity.

For more information and to check out the featured neighborhoods, visit www.nycgo.com/seeyourcity.

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Beers and bites at last outdoor LIC Flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The last outdoor weekend of the LIC Flea & Food will be delicious.

The popular Long Island City market, located at the outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will hold a food event sponsored by Yelp called Beers & Bites.

During the event, LIC Flea food vendors will offer small bites of their products. Participating vendors of savory foods include Jessy’s Pastries, Nightingale Provisions, Southern Wheels Eats, the Bao Shoppe, Zha Foods, Huikai, Henio Foods, Butcher Bar, Café Patoro, Oconomi, El Jefe’s Nachoria and Love. Grit. Cook. Sweets vendors participating include Cassy’s Cookies & Cobblers, Jam Jar, Petoulda Bakery, Sweet Muse, Squish Marshmallows, Ice & Vice and Spoonful of Brownies.

The LIC Flea Beer Garden,, which is set up along the basin in the back of the market with views of the Manhattan skyline and outdoor seating, has selections from SingleCut Beersmiths, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and Rockaway Brewing Company.

This Saturday and Sunday are the last days the LIC Flea will be outside from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Starting on Nov. 1 the LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market will begin inside the warehouse attached to the original outdoor lot. The beer garden will remain open.

Even with the move indoors as the weather gets colder, the fun will continue with live music, DJs and pictures with Santa Claus.

The holiday market, which will mix LIC Flea favorite vendors with new faces offering local, handmade and uniquely curated items, will run every Saturday and Sunday through December 21 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: Eight-story residential tower planned for downtown Jamaica, Queens eyed for juvenile offenders facilities


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Christopher Bride/ PropertyShark 

Eight stories in downtown Jamaica

“Applications have been filed to begin construction of an eight-story and 31-unit residential building of 22,728 square feet at the vacant lots of 87-65 – 87-69 171st Street, in Downtown Jamaica; the site’s two-story predecessor was demolished in 2003, and M. S. Savani is designing.” Read more [New York YIMBY]

Two Queens neighborhoods being eyed for ‘limited secure’ facilities for juvenile offenders

“The city is searching for sites in Queens to place a “limited secure” facility for juvenile offenders, the News has learned. Sources said locations in South Ozone Park and Jamaica are being studied.” Read more [New York Daily News]

Checking in on Tishman Speyer’s Long Island City project

“28-18 Jackson Avenue, which is part of Tishman Speyer’s plan to bring approximately 1,600 residential apartments to Long Island City, is completely covered in pipe scaffolding now.Construction crews put the pipe scaffolding up with in the last two weeks, and a permit filed on September 11 calls for the full mechanical demolition of the building.” Read more [The Court Square Blog]

 

Cops looking for suspect in Long Island City department store groping


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A man groped a 55-year-old woman inside a Marshalls at a Long Island City shopping center on Saturday, according to authorities.

The suspect was inside the store on Northern Boulevard near 48th Street around 6:40 p.m. when he approached the victim, police said. He then touched her chest with both hands before fleeing the store.

Authorities describe the suspect as black, in his 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing red pants, a black T-shirt and tan boots, and was carrying a black book bag.

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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Real estate roundup: 5Pointz moves to new demolition phase, 22-unit mixed-use building proposed for Astoria


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Scaffolding up on Jackson Avenue side of former 5Pointz building

“Demolition has moved into a new phase at 45-46 Davis Street, the former home of 5Pointz. The last time we checked in, construction crews had erected fences on Davis and Crane Street. More recently, they put up the scaffolding on the Jackson Avenue side, shown in the first photo.” Read more [The Court Square Blog]

6-Story Mixed Use Building Proposed for 24th Avenue and 32nd Street

“In this new building, 19,837 square feet will be residential, 4,610 will be commercial, and the same amount will be a “community facility” at the address of 24-08 32nd Street.” Read more [We Heart Astoria]

Communitea Is Closing

“We learned yesterday that Communitea, the sweet little cafe on Vernon and 47th Avenue, is closing. October 26 will be their last day.” Read more [We Heart LIC]

Four bystanders shot outside LIC nightclub: NYPD


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Video courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for two suspects in a shooting outside a Long Island City nightclub over the weekend that left four people injured.

The two suspects were outside of Allure Club and Lounge, at 33-02 Queens Blvd., around 10:45 p.m. Sunday when they both pulled out guns and started firing at each other, police said.

During the gunfire, a 37-year-old man was struck once in the chest, and a 19-year-old woman, a 28-year-old man and a 23-year-old man were each struck once in the leg, authorities said. Each victim went to area hospitals for medical treatment.

Police have released surveillance video of one of the suspects.

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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LIC warehouse sells for $37M, demolition on the way


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Photo courtesy of Scott Binter/PropertyShark 

GDC Properties bought a warehouse in Long Island City that is ripe for development for $37 million, according to city records filed Monday.

The firm also applied for demolition permits with the Department of Buildings for the one-story 33,660-square-foot warehouse previously owned by Eunhasu Corporation. The warehouse is located at 11-22 45th Rd. in the Court Square area, which has seen numerous plans for development recently.

The property has 114,000 buildable square feet, according to The Real Deal.

Permits for a new building have not been filed at the site yet.

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LIC startup offers independent musicians feedback from public


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Audiokite

BY ASHA MAHADEVAN

Think music startups and you don’t usually think Queens. However, for Long Island City resident Alex Jae Mitchell, basing his business in Queens was a no-brainer.

“The low rent costs help me put everything I have into my business,” said Mitchell, 24, who moved here seven years ago from Washington, D.C.

That business is a website called Audiokite.com, a startup offering independent musicians feedback on their songs from the public. He founded the website six months ago and a month later launched out of a co-working space, Create NY Space.

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“The way the music industry works, feedback comes down to being the opinion of the taste-makers, not what the public wants,” Mitchell said.

Audiokite uses Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service to bring independent musicians’ works to a section of the public for a review. The reviewers listen to the songs and then answer a questionnaire that is customized according to the needs of the musician. Their feedback helps musicians get a better idea of how their audience reacts to a song.

The song is evaluated on the basis of vocals, lyrics, beat, song structure and even the name of the song and the band name. Reviewers answer questions such as “How likely are you to stream this song?” and “How likely are you to attend a live show of the artist if they were playing in your area?”

“This is some measure of objectivity in a subjective field,” said Mitchell. “We are not saying a song is good or bad.”

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If a song does exceptionally well among the reviewers, then Audiokite, for no extra charge, will put the artist in touch with people in the industry who can offer them better opportunities.

“I have seen how difficult and unfair the industry is toward independent artists,” Mitchell said. He started his artistic career as an electric violinist and now works as an audio producer. “There is a huge base of talent and the artists are not being developed.”

Mitchell said that reaching out to audiences can be prohibitively expensive for independent musicians, but Audiokite makes it possible for them to get feedback at a far cheaper rate.

Being in Queens, instead of Brooklyn or downtown Manhattan, means he can keep costs low and “offer more value at lower prices to the musicians,” he said.“It helps us be fair to artists, which is important in a business like this.”

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