Queens

Events, Queens, Restaurants

Photo by Anton on Unsplash

Beginning November 14, street food lovers are invited to join their favorite food carts and treats trucks for the first-ever NYC Street Vendor Scavenger Hunt. Participants will get to compete in fun challenges, meet the vendors and, of course, sample the food, to win prizes and help support the Street Vendor Project of the Urban Justice Center–the city’s only street vendor organization.

Gather your squad and start sleuthing

affordable housing, housing lotteries, Jamaica, Queens

Rendering courtesy of NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

A housing lottery opened this week for 69 apartments designated for New Yorkers earning 80 percent of the area median income. Located at 153-19 Jamaica Avenue in Jamaica, Queens, the newly constructed 19-story building sits across from the historic Rufus King Park and is also just one block from the subway. Available apartments include 37 studios priced at $1,599/month and 32 one-bedrooms for $1,708/month.

Find out if you qualify

Policy, Queens, Transportation

Cuomo’s $2.1B LaGuardia AirTrain project is halted

By Michelle Cohen, Wed, October 13, 2021

Rendering courtesy of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced Tuesday that it would be putting the brakes on any further development of the AirTrain, the proposed 1.5-mile elevated rail that would run between the airport and the eastern Queens neighborhood of Willets Point, with a connection to the subway and Long Island Rail Road. The project was a top priority for former Gov. Andrew Cuomo. His successor, Gov. Kathy Hochul, has called for a review of alternatives to the project in response to opposition by community groups and local officials who have criticized its environmental review process, its impact on the surrounding community, and a dearth of alternatives being discussed.

Is it the end of the line for AirTran?

affordable housing, Far Rockaway, housing lotteries, Queens

Rendering courtesy of NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development

Applications are now being accepted for 227 affordable apartments across two buildings in Downtown Far Rockaway in Queens. The new complex, dubbed RadRoc, consists of two 10-story mixed-use structures, a steel and plank building at 19-38 Cornaga Avenue and a modular construction building at 10-18 Beach 20th Street. Qualifying New Yorkers earning between 40 and 80 percent of the area median income can apply for the units, ranging from $535/month studios to $2,059/month three-bedrooms.

Find out if you qualify

Queens, Restaurants

Photos courtesy of Neir’s Tavern

After a rent increase and the coronavirus pandemic left the fate of Neir’s Tavern in question, the history of the nearly 192-year-old Queens establishment will be preserved forever following a street co-naming ceremony Saturday. The intersection of 78th Street and 88th Avenue in Woodhaven is now known as “Neir’s Tavern Way,” honoring the waterhole that opened on the corner in 1829 and is considered New York City’s oldest bar.

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Cool Listings, jackson heights

Listing photos by Emily Cullum, Greenehouse NYC

In Queens’ Jackson Heights Historic District, many of the co-op buildings were built with large, grassy courtyards. This building at 35-21 79th Street has just that, which this very cheerful one-bedroom unit can add to its list of selling points. The sunny home has garden views, great closet and storage space, a cool modern kitchen, and a flexible alcove. It’s asking the very reasonable price of $475,000.

Have a look

affordable housing, housing lotteries, Jamaica

In Jamaica, Queens, an affordable housing lottery has launched for 27 studios set aside for those age 62+. Reserved for seniors earning 40 or 50 percent of the area median income, the units are renting for $522 or $683/month; there are also eight units for which applicants will pay 30 percent of their household income in rent. The building is located at 161-01 89th Avenue, just a few blocks from the E and F trains at Parson Avenue.

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affordable housing, housing lotteries, Queens

Rendering courtesy of FXCollaborative

A housing lottery opened this week for 267 mixed-income apartments across a massive new residential complex in Queens’ Forest Hills. The development, called Apex Place, includes three new buildings, contains over 440 total apartments, and connects to a former public housing site, creating a cohesive property with shared green spaces and pedestrian space. Qualifying New Yorkers earning 50, 70, 110, and 140 percent of the area median income can apply for the units, which range from $738/month studios to $2,975/month three-bedrooms.

Find out if you qualify

condos, Hotels, New Developments, Queens

Renderings courtesy of SASI Studio

A high-rise hotel and condo building designed by a former senior architect at Zaha Hadid’s firm is coming to Queens. Located at 112-51 Northern Boulevard in Corona, the 25-story mixed-use development, dubbed Eastern Emerald, will have roughly 250 hotel rooms, 191 apartments, and a conference and performing arts center. The 370+ foot project, which will break ground this month, features a futuristic, environmentally-friendly design that will reduce carbon emissions and use clean energy for heating and cooling systems.

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Long Island City, Major Developments, New Developments

All renderings courtesy of VUW Studio

A massive development with over 1,000 units of housing is coming to Long Island City’s Hunter’s Point South neighborhood. Developed by the Gotham Organization and RiseBoro Community Partnership, Gotham Point includes two towers and a total of 1,132 residences, 75 percent of which are affordable. The project is part of a broader plan first announced in 2013 by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg to redevelop nine parcels of land in Hunter’s Point South and bring 5,000 new apartments to the neighborhood. As the first tower nears completion, 6sqft got an exclusive look at Gotham Point, the latest residential project to rise on the Queens waterfront.

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