We have been hearing a lot lately about how attractive Queens is getting: Astoria, Jackson Heights, Ridgewood. These are neighborhoods with reasonably-affordable high-quality housing, convenient transportation and a wealth of authentic ethnic dining options, they tell us. Young people are moving there! Interesting, edgy ones!
Still, we at The Observer remain skeptical about the cool quotient of a borough that will remain forever in our minds as the land of Frank and Estelle Costanza. And Steve Bodow, Executive Producer and former Head Writer at The Daily Show, seems to agree. He and his wife Katherine Profeta-Bodow are planning to flee their home in Jackson Heights for a borough with better-established creative-class bonafides, according to city records, having just purchased a $1.65 million townhouse in the co-op complex at 75 Henry Street, in Brooklyn Heights.
Quinn in Queens
According to recent polls, former mayoral front-runner Christine Quinn is in trouble. Some now have her in third place–trailing Public Advocate Bill de Blasio by as many as 15-points–and even ardent supporters seem genuinely concerned that she might not make the expected runoff following next Tuesday’s primary.
But Ms. Quinn on Monday seemed as confident as ever as she campaigned in Astoria, Queens, following the West Indian Day Parade. Dressed in bright pink pants, a t-shirt and sandals, Ms. Quinn greeted excited voters in the immigrant-heavy neighborhood who repeatedly assured the candidate she’d do just fine.
Hooray for good ol’ fashioned American parenting!
On Tuesday, Jack Pawlowski went to Astoria’s Ditmars Park to do some target shooting. Accompanied by his five-year-old daughter and three-year-old son. In a children’s playground.
After firing off a few rounds, Mr. Pawlowski passed the plastic gun–which resembled a .38-caliber pistol–to his daughter, who rode around on Read More
The Halletts Point redevelopment proposal to bring 2,644 apartments to a forlorn peninsula of the Queens waterfront has been in the works for three years, but now a different developer is throwing its hat into the ring.
The vaguely-named 2030 Astoria Developers LLC submitted an early application to the Department of City Planning today to rezone another smaller chunk of Halletts Point. They’re calling the project Astoria Cove and they want to build another 1,535 housing units—a combination of townhouses and apartments—on a site overlooking Pot Cove in Astoria, with a pristine view of the Queens leg of the Triborough (RFK) Bridge. Twenty percent of the project, or about 340 units, would be set aside for affordable housing.
During the last few decades, Brooklyn has shaken off the vinyl-clad, working-class outer-borough stigma so completely that it can be hard to remember a time when New Yorkers ever dismissed the borough of Kings as a place you came from rather than went to. Indeed, it may well have eclipsed Manhattan as a exporter of culture, with traces of its handsewn jeans and vintage-style facial hair visible on vaguely artsy twenty-somethings in cities around the globe.
Queens, on the other, hand, is still struggling to shed its dreary outer-boroughness, its reputation as a place where secretaries come back to reasonably-priced studios at night. Despite all the enthusiastic references to fun beer halls and more reasonable rents and short commute times to Manhattan that new residents are likely to whip out, it still feels more like a compromise than a destination.
Long Island City proper might be square in the path of the storm surge, but up the hill in Astoria, things are looking a bit more placid.
The Observer took a walk around the neighborhood to see how folks were faring and discovered that, even though the rain was picking up and the wind beginning to Read More
Who says the Department of Transportation does not respect the will of the community in which it is working? Last week, the local community board in Astoria voted against plans for a new pedestrian plaza, wanting instead to preserve access for vehicles on the street. Despite the widespread assumption that the Department of Read More
Moe’s Sneaker Spot, an Astoria-based shoe retailer, has added Glendale warehouse space as it expands its operations. The company took 8,083 square feet in a ten-year deal at the ATCO-owned Atlas Terminals, next to the Shops at Atlas Park at 80-28 Cooper Avenue.
Lies Damned Lies and...
Public transportation cuts are hindering home sales in the city, the Wall Street Journal writes today.
That finding should prove uncontroversial with anyone who’s bought, sold or rented an apartment in the city’s outer reaches. But the Journal story is pretty thin on data to back up what some frustrated residents and real Read More
Walking and talking on his iPhone didn’t seem to 29-year-old Kyle Supley like a particularly reckless thing to do on Waverly Place near Christopher Street in the West Village late on a Tuesday evening.
“I shouldn’t have had it out, probably,” Mr. Supley would later say when the Transom reached him by Read More