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Events, Queens

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The 37th Annual Queens County Fair taking place in September at the Queens County Farm Museum will include a three-acre corn maze inspired by the iconic Unisphere in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, as Patch first reported. Commissioned for the New York World’s fair of 1964-65 and designed by landscape architect Gilmore Clarke, the Unisphere is a steel rendition of the Earth and has become one of the Borough’s most enduring symbols. Sponsored by Con Edison, “The Amazing Maize Maze” is set to debut during the fair on September 21 and remain open through October 26. It will be the only corn maze in New York City.

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Landscape Architecture, Queens, Transportation

JFK Central, port authority of new york and new jersey, jfk airport, transportation, design

Illustrative rendering of the developed northwest corner of the site courtesy of PANYNJ.

As part of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s planned $13 billion transformation of JFK into a modern international airport, it was announced Tuesday that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is issuing a Request for Information for the design and development of JFK Central, a 14-acre mixed-use space at the airport’s core at the Ground Transportation Center. The site offers designers and developers a blank canvas for creating a unique centrally located public space for travelers, employees and the community, offering commercial and recreational services.

Ideas and examples for the site, this way

Transportation

Citi Bike has revealed details for the much-anticipated rollout of the popular bike share program with plans to double its reach with docks in the Bronx and more of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. But according to maps and information released in a Tuesday morning meeting obtained by Streetsblog, large swaths of the city won’t see the blue bikes for four more years. As the NY Post reported, some see the Citi Bike rollout as heavily weighted toward more affluent NYC districts, which prompted a letter from several New York City Council members to the NYC Department of Transportation asking for assurance that expansion plans include low-income neighborhoods.

Where will the next blue bikes be?

affordable housing, New Developments, Queens

Willets Point

Rendering of 126th Street facing north; image courtesy of NYCEDC

City officials have released long-awaited plans to develop the blighted Willets Point section of Corona, Queens. As 6sqft previously reported, the economic development site within the industrial neighborhood east of Citi Field known as the Iron Triangle was at one point slated for a cleanup of its toxic soil and the creation of affordable and senior housing that would replace a jumble of auto shops and industrial businesses. Finally surfacing almost four months after a task force submitted suggestions to the Econonmic Development Corp. (EDC), the plans contain two development scenarios including a soccer stadium and mixed-use scenario that includes residential development, retail and a school.

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Major Developments, Queens, Transportation

LaGuardia Airport’s first new gates and concourse are open

By Alexandra Alexa, Thu, November 29, 2018

Photo by Colin Dennison for LGA on Facebook

The first new gates in LaGuardia Airport‘s Terminal B will open this Saturday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced earlier today. The opening will inaugurate the first of two concourses and 11 of the 35 total gates that will service Air Canada, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines. This is the first phase of Cuomo’s larger $8 billion overhaul to create “a whole new LaGuardia.” The new concourse will feature retail space, a “food hall,” complete with local mini-chains like Shake Shack, Irving Farm coffee, and La Chula taqueria, as well as an indoor park (a design feature Cuomo is also implementing at JFK).

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Cool Listings, Queens, Quirky Homes

On the gilded coast of Queens along the East River in Beechhurst, just north of Whitestone, this 10,000-square-foot manse is asking $7.988 million. At the end of a quiet waterfront street where you might find an angler’s retreat, behold instead this Mediterranean-style villa complete with an elevator, a four-car garage, a Florida room, a 20-foot mahogany foyer, a magnificent crystal chandelier, a fabulous pool, a dock for a 60-foot boat and a full outdoor kitchen. All in a gated community, natch. Did we forget the gazebo?

Take a fascinating $8M tour

Policy, Queens, Transportation

New coalition forms to push for LaGuardia AirTrain

By Michelle Cohen, Thu, October 11, 2018

More than a dozen organizations have joined together to form A Better Way to LGA in support of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed AirTrain to LaGuardia Airport (AirTrain LGA). Comprised of community members, economic development groups, transportation advocates, unionized labor, civic stakeholders, and local business leader, the coalition beleives that it is essential to create a viable transit alternative for LaGuardia Airport travelers and workers. The coalition is co-chaired by the Queens Chamber of Commerce, the Association for a Better New York, and the New York Building Congress. The group emphasized in a press release announcing their launch that LaGuardia is the only major East Coast airport without a direct rail connection, despite the fact that LaGuardia Airport is currently undergoing an $8 billion complete renovation.

Why ride the train?

Events, Flushing

Photo courtesy of Bill Cotter/worldsfairphotos

On April 28th and 29th CitiField will be transformed into a modern, food-centric take on the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The World’s Fare wants guests to experience “diversity through cuisine,” which they’ll accomplish with 100+ food vendors from more than 100 cultures (there will also be an international beer garden, live music, and art), and now Eater has the scoop on the first 50 of these participants, which includes old-time Jewish bakery Orwashers, social venture and Bengali pop-up Jhal NYC, Japanese vegetable pancake purveyor Oconomi, Australian restaurant the Thirsty Koala, and Brazilian chocolate shop Brigadeiros.

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real estate trends

Once enticing New Yorkers with their cheaper rents and mortgages, the outer boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens have set record sales prices during the first quarter of the year. As reported by Crain’s, Brooklyn had a record-setting median sale price of $770,000, more than 16 percent higher than last year. This was driven by an increase in sales activity, with nearly 50 percent more transactions taking place this quarter compared with the beginning of 2016. In Queens, the median sale price was $485,000, but one- to three-family homes set a new record with both average ($697,946) and median ($650,000) sales.

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Architecture, Hotels, Queens, Transportation

JFK’s TWA Hotel breaks ground, gets new renderings

By Dana Schulz, Fri, December 16, 2016

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The shovels were out at JFK’s TWA Flight Terminal yesterday, as MCR Development and JetBlue broke ground on their project to turn Eero Saarinen‘s mid-century modern masterpiece into the high-end, 505-room TWA Hotel. According to a press release, Governor Cuomo attended the festivities, noting that the conversion “will preserve this iconic landmark while cementing JFK’s status as a crown jewel of aviation.” The news also came with two renderings that show the two, six-story, crescent shaped hotel buildings that will rise on either side of the existing structure.

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