Queens

Brooklyn, History, Queens

You may have noticed when driving from Queens to Brooklyn that at some point you find yourself surrounded by a sea of headstones in every direction. The city’s “cemetery belt”–reportedly visible from space–stretches for two and a half miles along the Queens/Brooklyn border and is so populous that there are more than twice as many dead people in Queens than living ones. What’s up with this cemetery city?

Find out why the dead outnumber the living in Queens

Architecture, Flushing, Queens

New York State Pavilion, Philip Johnson, Tent of Tomorrow, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

The iconic New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is set to undergo a $14.25 million renovation funded by the city. As first reported by the Queens Chronicle, repairs of the monument will begin next spring, which will include some structural conservation work and electrical and architectural improvements. The pavilion, which was originally designed for the 1964 World’s Fair by Philip Johnson and Lev Zetlin, has been ignored for the past few decades, largely in part because of the city’s failure to find the money for repairs.

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Brooklyn, CityRealty, Manhattan, New Jersey, Queens, Rentals

Images (L to R): 461 Dean Street, AIRE, 26 West Street and Henry Hall

  • 30-Story Hudson Yards Rental Opens with Unobstructed Views, Apartments from $3,200/Month + 1 Month Free [link]
  • Views Galore at Top-Notch Tribeca Rental, Now Leasing with 1 Month Free [link]
  • World’s Tallest Modular Building Now Leasing with 2 Months Free [link]
  • Leasing Specials at Greenpoint’s New Karl Fischer-Designed 26 West; Waterfront Rentals Starting from $2,295/Month [link]
  • Soaring AIRE Rentals on UWS Offering 2 Months Free + 1 Month OP on Select Leases [link]
  • Responding to Demand for Local Greens, 1 QPS Tower Opens New Resident Garden; 44-Story Rental Now 45% Leased [link]
  • Brooklyn’s The Kestrel, Only One Block to Prospect Park, Offers One Month Free [link]
  • Live on Park Avenue with Two Months Free + Reduced Security Deposits [link]
  • The Herald Towers Now Offering One Month Free on All One-Year Leases [link]
  • Live in Style at The Margo; New Fort Greene Rental Offering Two Months of Free Rent [link]
  • $1,000 Deposits at Hudson Point, Jersey City Waterfront Rentals [link]
  • Two Months Free with 2-Year Leases at The Regent on West 60th Street Near Lincoln Center [link]
  • The Debut of Vantage, New 45-Story Jersey City Rental Prepares for a Spring Launch [link]
  • Teaser Site Launches for 420 Kent Avenue, 800+ Waterfront Rentals to Debut in Summer 2018 [link]

SEE MORE RENTAL NEWS AND OFFERS HERE >>

Brooklyn, CityRealty, Manhattan, New Jersey, Queens, Rentals

Images (L to R): 153 Remsen Street, Hubb, Trump Bay Street and Orient Park

  • The Lincoln Apartments at Prospect Park Debut with 2 Months Free; Units Start from $2,186/Month [link]
  • Trump Bay Street, Luxury Rentals in Jersey City, Now Leasing with 2 Months Free [link]
  • Lower East Side Rental ‘Rivington House’ Offering 1 Month Free on Renovated Apartments [link]
  • $500 Security Deposits at 180 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights [link]
  • Grand Opening of Brooklyn Heights’ 153 Remsen Street, Family Sized Rentals Launch with 1 Month Free [link]
  • Downtown Brooklyn’s Soaring New Rental 33 Bond Street Launches Leasing for Summer Grand Opening [link]
  • Jersey City’s ‘Ellipse’ Launches Leasing – New Waterfront Rentals Are All About the Views [link]
  • Orient Park Apartments in East Williamsburg Leasing with 1 Month Free; 1 Bedrooms from $2,644/Month [link]
  • Long Island Waterfront High-Rise Offers Discounted Security Deposits [link]
  • Brooklyn’s Newly-Minted Tallest is a Slice of “Urburbia” with Views for Days [link]

 

SEE MORE RENTAL NEWS AND OFFERS HERE >>

Brooklyn, CityRealty, Manhattan, New Jersey, Queens, Rentals

Images (L to R): 3 Journal Square, Stuyvesant Town, 253 West 72nd Street, Myrtle & Steuben

  • 2 Months Free at New Hell’s Kitchen Rental [link]
  • 1 Month Free at West 72nd Street Prewar [link]
  • StuyTown Offering $3,600 Move-In Bonus Until April 16th [link]
  • 1 Month Free at Newly Launched Clinton Hill Rental [link]
  • Renovated Rentals at U.E.S. Prewar; 2 Bedroom From $2,677 [link]
  • Mercedes House Offering 2 Months Free [link]
  • 1 Month Free Rent at Upper West Side’s The Brewster [link]
  • 1 Month Free at The Pavilion in Lenox Hill [link]
  • 1 Month Free at Renovated Rental in Harlem [link]
  • DUMBO Rental Leasing with 1 Month Free [link]
  • Jersey City’s 3 Journal Square Launches with 2 Months Free [link]
  • New Brooklyn Rental The Refinery Offers 2 Months Free [link]
  • 1 Month Free at Midtown East’s Sutton Collection [link]

SEE MORE RENTAL NEWS AND OFFERS HERE >>

condos, Long Island City, New Developments

44-30 24th Street, Long Island City, Court Square

With another skyscraper proposal approved, Long Island City moves one step closer to looking like a Manhattan copycat. The latest sky-high tower to get its site cleared and zoning approved sits in Court Square at 43-30 24th Street. As covered by CityRealty, the permits show this building, developed by commercial real estate firm Stawski Partners, will hold 921 condos and rise 731 feet, almost 75 feet higher than the borough’s current tallest building at One Court Square. And if it finishes before the Court Square City View Tower next door, set to rise 66 stories and become Queen’s tallest, it will briefly hold that title.

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Art, Long Island City, New Developments, Policy

5Pointz, graffiti museum, Long Island City developments, aerosol art

Starting with the news that the iconic graffiti-covered warehouse known as 5Pointz in Long Island City, Queens, visible from passing trains since its beginnings the 1990s as an artists’ studio and exhibition space, was being razed and replaced by rental apartments, the building has been the subject of heated controversy. As 6sqft previously reported, in 2013 the complex was whitewashed of its colorful exterior murals under cover of night, and renderings surfaced for the rental towers that would replace it; as if to add insult to injury, the building’s owner, Jerry Wolkoff of G&M Realty, revealed plans to use the name 5Pointz as a marketing angle for the new development. Several attempts were made at intervention–and prevention of a similar fate for artists’ spaces since then. Now, the New York Times reports, a federal lawsuit filed by 23 5Pointz artists against Wolkoff, who ordered the art destroyed, is getting its day in court. On March 31, Judge Frederic Block of Federal District Court in Brooklyn ruled that the federal lawsuit against Wolkoff, who ordered the artwork destroyed–could have a jury trial, an incremental legal victory for the artists and a chance to confront Wolkoff in court to seek redress.

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Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Rentals

  • Live in a Former Tootsie Roll Factory with 1 Month of Free Rent [link]
  • Grand Opening of Related Companies’ New Hudson Square Rental at 261 Hudson Street [link]
  • American Copper Buildings Begin to Welcome First Residents [link]
  • Two Months of Free Rent at Park West Village, Only One Block from Central Park [link]
  • Upper West Side’s Stonehenge Village Leasing with 1 Month Free + Discounted Deposits [link]
  • Free Month of Rent + Stunning Views at Battery Park City’s Tribeca Pointe [link]
  • One Month Free + No Fee at 500 Sterling Place in Prospect Heights [link]
  • Williamsburg’s 50 North 5th Street; 15,000 Square Feet of Amenities + One Month of Free Rent [link]
  • Security Deposit Discounts at Equity Residential’s Beatrice Apartments in Chelsea [link]
  • Free Rent & Special Offers at Spencer Street Apartments in Bed-Stuy [link]

SEE MORE RENTAL NEWS AND OFFERS HERE >>
Images (L to R): American Copper Buildings, 50 North 5th Street, 261 Hudson Street and The Beatrice

City Living, Far Rockaway, Transportation

Citywide Ferry, CFS, Mayor De Blasio, Hornblower, NYCEDC, Metal Shark, Horizon, Cameron Clark

Mayor de Blasio announced today that the Citywide Ferry Service, now officially named “NYC Ferry,” will be launching two routes on the first day of May: the new Rockaway Route and the existing East River Route. As DNA Info learned, the Rockaway route takes passengers from the new dock on Beach 108th Street to the Brooklyn Terminal, and then Wall Street’s Pier 11. Expect service on the South Brooklyn Route with stops in Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Red Hook and Brooklyn Bridge Park to begin on June 1. The Astoria Route will be launched sometime in August and the Lower East Side and Soundview Routes have a launch date set in 2018. Find out more here

affordable housing, Brooklyn, City Living, Queens

Habitat for Humanity NYC, Mark Treyger, Melissa Mark-Viverito

In New York City, and the rest of the country, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find affordable housing. To combat this, the Habitat for Humanity NYC announced a plan to build affordable houses for buyers in Brooklyn and Queens. The organization, aimed at constructing quality housing for families in need, will bring 48 units of affordable homes to these boroughs by redeveloping abandoned or foreclosed properties. Since most of these homes have been left vacant for decades, many are run-down and have negatively impacted the surrounding neighborhoods. As Brick Underground learned, the city’s Housing Authority first acquired these properties and then sold them to Habitat for Humanity at $1 each.

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Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Rentals

  • Andre Kikoski-Designed Apartments in Chelsea Offer One Month Free & Discounted Deposits [link]
  • Upscale Rentals in a Landmarked Building Offering Two Months Free [link]
  • Hoboken’s New Rental 600 Harrison Now Leasing Spacious 1 to 3 Bedroom Apartments [link]
  • Inspired Rentals at Leonard Pointe in Williamsburg Offering One Month of Free Rent [link]
  • New Two-Bedroom Brooklyn Apartments at 550 Kingston [link]
  • Three Months Free at VIA 57 West, Midtown’s Breakthrough Rental by Bjarke Ingles [link]
  • Lincoln Center’s 48-Story Rental Offering Three Months Free [link]
  • Two Months Free & $1,000 Security Deposits at Stonehenge 57 in Midtown East [link]
  • No-Fee Rentals with One Month Free at Bed-Stuy’s The Dekalb [link]
  • Midtown East Prewar Rental Offering 2 Months Free [link]
  • $1,000 Deposits at NoMad High-Rise [link]
  • Fort Lee’s 1350 Fifteenth Offering Newly Renovated Apartments with One Month Free [link]
  • Murray Hill Rental Stonehenge 33 Offering 1 Month Free + $1,000 Security Deposits [link]
  • Harlem Apartments Offer One Month Free on 13 Month Lease [link]
  • New Rentals Open in Midwood with One Month Free [link]
  • Now 90% Leased, Astoria Central Offers Two Months Free on Remaining Units [link]

SEE MORE RENTAL NEWS AND OFFERS HERE >>

Images (L to R): VIA 57 West, Leonard Pointe, The Encore, and 550 Kingston Avenue

affordable housing, Astoria, New Developments

Image courtesy of STUDIO V Architecture

A 2.2 million-square-foot mixed-use development site known as Astoria Cove, on nearly nine acres along the East River in Astoria, is seeking a buyer, asking $350 million, Crain’s reports. The site hit the market in mid-March in anticipation of the reinstatement of the 421-a affordable housing tax credit program that had languished since its expiration over a year ago amid debates between the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) and unions on whether to require higher wages in certain cases. Alma Realty Corp. hired Cushman & Wakefield investment company to market the site; according to sales executive Bob Knakal, “We wouldn’t have hit the market with Astoria Cove in the past 16 months because of the uncertainty around 421-a, but there’s been a sense of optimism in recent weeks that 421-a will be back and with it, the land market will strengthen.”

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Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Queens

The Cornelius Van Wyck House in Douglaston, Queens, built in 1735 and both a New York City landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places, is now for sale asking $3.25 million (h/t Curbed). The home has been called New York City’s “most impressive architectural remnant of the early Dutch Culture.” In addition to its historic and architectural significance, it’s located on Little Neck Bay and is one of the largest true waterfront properties in Queens. The home at 126 West Drive has been well-tended over the years, with many “interesting details of the Dutch period” still intact according to the property’s 1966 landmark designation report.

Get a closer look at this unique piece of New York history

Celebrities, Jamaica, Recent Sales

85-15 wareham place, donald trump, fred trump, trump childhood home, historic homes, jamaica estates, auctions, Queens

When Manhattan real estate mogul Michael Davis bought Donald Trump’s childhood home sight-unseen for just under $1.4 million in December, he had high hopes of flipping the Tudor-style residence in Jamaica Estates, Queens. Now, just three months later, the Times tells us that he’s done just that, re-selling it at auction last week for $2.14 million, more than double the neighborhood average. Interestingly, the transaction was facilitated by lawyer Michael Tang who specializes in real estate investments made by overseas Chinese buyers. Tang told the Times in an email that he was unable to disclose the name or any other information about the buyer, whose identity is being shielded behind the newly created LLC “Trump Birth House.”

Find out more here

Apartment Deals, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Rentals

  • Upper West Side Beaux Arts Beauty ‘The Willard’ Offering Two Months Free, 1-Bedrooms From $2,996/Month [link]
  • Live at LIC’s Hayden: These Majestic Skyline Views Could be Yours from $2,284/Month [link]
  • Grand Opening of 845 Grand Street in East Williamsburg, 1-Bedrooms From $2,675/Month [link]
  • Chelsea Leasing Special: $1,000 Security Deposits at 32-Story 777 Sixth Avenue [link]
  • 400 East 80th Street in Yorkville Leasing with $1,000 Security Deposits [link]
  • Leasing Launches for Phase One of Journal Squared; Live in 53-Story Tower for $1,855/Month [link]
  • Leasing Launches at Newly Constructed Astoria Rental, The Academy [link]
  • One Month Free at Newly Renovated Midwest Court Apartments on West 53rd Street [link]
  • Downtown Art Deco Tower 100 Maiden Lane Leasing with Up to Two Months Free [link]
  • Lenox Row Apartments on the Upper East Side Offer Up to Two Months Free for 2 and 3 Bedrooms Rentals [link]
  • Lofty Bushwick Rentals Offer One Month Free, 2-Bedrooms From $2,495/Month [link]
  • Downtown Brooklyn’s ‘Livingston Collection’ to Launch New Rentals in Borough’s First Public High School [link]
  • New Uptown Rental ‘Harlem 125’ Prepares for Spring 2017 Leasing [link]
  • Skyline Views from New Jersey’s Gold Coast: Landings at Port Imperial Leasing with Discounted Desposits, One Bedrooms from $2,325/Month [link]
  • Columbus Square Apartments on Upper West Side Offer One Month Free on Select Units [link]

SEE MORE RENTAL NEWS AND OFFERS HERE >>

Images (L to R): THE WILLARD, HAYDEN, 845 GRAND STREET and 777 SIXTH AVENUE

Apartment Deals, Brooklyn, Manhattan, New Jersey, Queens, Rentals

no fee rentals, new york city apartments, rental concessions
  • Sutton Place High Rise Re-Introduced as Oriana Launches Leasing with Two Months Free [link]
  • Downtown Rentals at 90W in the Financial District Offer Up to 2 Months Free [link]
  • Spring 2017 Leasing Announced for DUMBO’s 181 Front Street, Website Launches with New Photos [link]
  • LIC Rental ‘The Independent’ Offers Two Months Free with 14-Month Lease [link]
  • New Uptown Rental ‘Harlem 125’ Prepares for Spring 2017 Leasing [link]
  • Williamsburg’s Printhouse Lofts Now Leasing with 1 Month Free on a 13-Month Lease [link]
  • Security Deposit Discount at Jersey City’s 70 Greene Apartments – Only $1,000 Required [link]
  • LIC’s ‘The Forge’ to Begin Leasing in Summer 2017 [link]
  • Free Month of Rent + Acres of Greenery at The Opal, Studios From $1,765/Month [link]
  • Select Listings at Boerum Hill’s Court House Apartments Offer One Month Free with 13-Month Leases [link]
  • Enjoy the Open Air Oasis at LIC’s The Maximilian, Now Leasing with 1 Month Free [link]
  • No-Fee Rentals at 95 Horatio Street in the West Village; Only $1,000 Security Deposits Required [link]
  • $500 Security Deposits at 180 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights [link]
  • Newly Renovated Rentals in Two Bridges Leasing with Two Months Free; 1-Beds from $2,014/Month [link]
  • Only $1,000 Security Deposit Required at Upper West Side Rental, The Westmont [link]
  • Up to Two Months of Free Rent at 33 West End Avenue on Upper West Side [link]
  • Midtown West Rental Skyscraper 505W37 Offering One Month Free + $1,000 Security Deposits [link]
  • Theater District High Rise on West 48th Street Leasing with Two Months Free + Discounted Deposits [link]
  • Up to Two Months Free at The Centra in Midtown East [link]
  • The Ellington in Midtown Offers One Month Free with Leases for One & Two Bedrooms [link]

SEE MORE RENTAL NEWS AND OFFERS HERE >>

Images (L to R): The Forge, Harlem 125, Printhouse Lofts and 70 Greene Street

Featured Story

Features, Queens, The urban lens

leandro viana, sherpas nyc

6sqft’s ongoing series The Urban Lens invites photographers to share work exploring a theme or a place within New York City. In this installment, Leandro Viana presents his ‘Sherpas’ project, a series centered on the Sherpa community of Elmhurst, Queens. Are you a photographer who’d like to see your work featured on The Urban Lens? Get in touch with us at [email protected].

Queens is the second-most populous borough in New York City with well over two million inhabitants. Queens is also New York City’s most diverse borough, boasting a population that is nearly 50 percent foreign-born with individuals hailing from over 100 different countries. In all, there are around 500 different languages spoken, some of which can be traced back to the most remote corners of the world. And within this cornucopia of culture are the Sherpa people.

While the word Sherpa for many will recall scenes of mountaineers scaling the snowy peaks of the Himalayas, in recent years, more and more Sherpas have planted their flags in the much more level neighborhood of Elmhurst, Queens. Indeed, today there are nearly 3,000 Sherpas living in New York City, making for the largest population outside of South Asia. Ahead, Brooklyn photographer Leandro Viana shares his series documenting this unique group in their new land, spotlighting their efforts to preserve their language, religion, culture, and arts so far from home.

See more from Leandro’s series here

Cool Listings, Historic Homes, Queens

20 Ingram Street, Forest Hills, cool listings, grosvenor atterbury, frederick law olmsted, jr, modular, prefab, planned community, queens

It’s also more modern than you might think. In 1909, noted architect and urban planner Grosvenor Atterbury, employed with the firm McKim, Mead and White, was, with partner Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. (son of the famous landscape architect) commissioned to plan a new community in Forest Hills, Queens. The result was one of the first–and most successful–uses of the prefabricated housing process that we’ve seen to date. These rarely-on-the-market homes–like this semi-detached brick townhome at 20 Ingram Street–have withstood the test of time, possessing both a timeless quality and, in this case, a fascinating sense of an early modern era long past but still somehow present in these unique rooms.

Get lost among the rooms and the garden

Apartment Deals, Brooklyn, Manhattan, New Developments, Queens, Rentals, Uncategorized

NYC Rental Concessions and Pecial Offers, NYC rentals
  • Brookfield Launches Leasing at The Eugene with One Month Free; Sole Residential Building in Manhattan West is Now Midtown’s Tallest Rental [link]
  • Leasing Launches at Hayden; Studios Starting from $2,281 with One Month Free [link]
  • Leasing Launches for Phase One of Journal Squared; Live in 53-Story Tower for $1,855/Month [link]
  • Avalon Brooklyn Bay Prepares for Leasing; Beach-, Bay- & Pool-Side Living in Sheepshead Bay [link]
  • Clinton Hill’s 180 Franklin Ave Offers Studios to Duplex Townhomes with One Month Free [link]
  • Spring 2017 Leasing Announced for New 12-Story Midtown Rental, The Lewis [link]
  • Flatiron District’s 7 West 21st Street Now Leasing with Two Months Free + Discounted Deposits [link]
  • Chelsea Tower on West 26th Street Leasing With One or Two Months Free [link]
  • Leasing Has Launched at Newly Constructed 19-Unit Rental in Red Hook, Brooklyn [link]
  • Reimagined Prewar Apartments at 25 Monroe Place in Brooklyn Heights, Now Leasing with One Month Free [link]
  • Limited Time Free Rent Offer Jersey City’s The Beacon [link]
  • $1,000 DepositSpecial at Murray Hill’s Parc East Apartments on East 27th Street [link]
  • Lease at The Caledonia and Receive a $1,000 Gift Card [link]
  • Have Stunning City & Waterfront Views from 200 Water Street, Now Leasing with One Month Free [link]
  • Up to Two Months Free + $1000 Security Deposits at The Olivia on West 33rd Street [link]
  • Two Months Free at 416 West 23rd Street in Chelsea [link]

SEE MORE RENTAL NEWS AND OFFERS HERE >>

Images (L to R): Journal Squared, Avalon Brooklyn Bay, Hayden and The Eugene

Apartment Deals, Brooklyn, Manhattan, New Developments, Queens, Rentals

NYC Special Offers, NYC Incentives
  • Live in SHoP’s American Copper Buildings from $2,975/Mo; Read Carter’s New Review [link]
  • Behold the Views (Present & Future) from Midtown’s 555TEN, Now Leasing with Two Months Free Rent [link]
  • Leasing Begins at Jersey City Urby, Vertical Community + Stunning Views from $2,000/Month [link]
  • Take In the Incredible Views at 1 QPS Tower; LIC’s Newly-Opened Rental Leasing From $1,989/Mo. [link]
  • NoMad’s One Sixty Madison Offering One Month Free on Select Residences [link]
  • Cassa Hotel and Residences Offering Up To Two Months of Free Rent [link]
  • Midtown’s Slender Icon Offering Months of Free Rent & Sedate Skyscraper Living [link]
  • Midtown’s Townsend Now Offering Two Months Free [link]
  • Jersey City’s 41-Story Rental Tower Announces Summer 2017 Opening & Reveals Pricing [link]

SEE MORE RENTAL NEWS AND OFFERS HERE >>

Images (L to R): American Copper Buildings, 555Ten, Jersey City Urby and 1 QPS Tower

Apartment Deals, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Rentals, Uncategorized

FREE RENT: A roundup of NYC’s latest rental concessions

By Ondel Hylton, Fri, February 24, 2017

  • FiDi’s 180 Water Street Announces March Opening; Now Leasing No Fee Rentals + One Month Free [link]
  • Renovated Apartments at Stonehenge Tower on Upper West Side Leasing with Two Months Free + $1,000 Security Deposits [link]
  • Renovated Apartments in Prospect Heights Offer One Month of Free Rent with 14-Month Leases [link]
  • Amenity-Packed QLIC Offering One Month Free On New Leases; One-Bedrooms from $2,577/Month [link]
  • Grand Opening of 10 Lexington Avenue in Clinton Hill; One Month Free on Select Listings [link]
  • $1,000 Security Deposits at Murray Hill Tower on East 40th Street; Studios from $2,995/month [link]
  • Williamsburg’s The Berkley Offers Two Months Free on 14-Month Leases; Studios from $2,567/Month [link]
  • Leasing Debut at New 8-Story East Harlem Rental, 2139 Third Avenue [link]
  • Newly Opened Boutique Rental on East 81st Street Offers Expansive Layouts with One Month Free [link]
  • Contemporary Amenities & Two Landscaped Roof Decks at Chelsea Centro, Now Leasing with $1,000 Deposits and 1 Month OP [link]
  • Leasing Launch at New Collection of Harlem Rentals with One Month Free; Studios from $2,308/Month [link]

SEE MORE RENTAL NEWS AND OFFERS HERE >>

Images (L to R): Chelsea Centro, 180 Water Street, The Berkley and 222 East 81st Street

Astoria, real estate trends

married with roommates

Roommate app Roomi recently compiled data based on the 20 to 36-year-olds searching for someone with whom to split the rent, and the top neighborhood for this trend is Astoria. DNAinfo shared the analysis, which found that nearly 38 percent of Roomi’s users looked for housing in the up-and-coming Queens ‘hood, and each applicant in this area gets about 20 applicants, almost double all other neighborhoods.

What other ‘hoods top the list?

Art, Green Design, Long Island City, Urban Design

It never hurts to think of warmer months on days like today, and MoMA PS1’s announcement of whose design will fill their courtyard this summer certainly does the trick. The winner of their 18th annual Young Architects Program is Jenny Sabin Studio. The Ithaca-based experimental architecture studio created “Lumen” in response to the competition’s request for a temporary outdoor installation that provides shade, seating, and water, while addressing environmental issues such as sustainability and recycling. The result is a tubular canopy made of “recycled, photo-luminescent, and solar active textiles that absorb, collect, and deliver light.”

More renderings and info on Lumen

Apartment Deals, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Rentals

FREE RENT: A roundup of NYC’s latest rental concessions

By Ondel Hylton, Fri, February 17, 2017

New York City Rental Concessions
  • HOUSE39 Launches Leasing; New Curving Glass Tower Offers Two Months Free of Early Occupancy [link]
  • Teaser Site Launches for Newly-Dubbed Hudson Yards Rental, ‘Henry Hall’ [link]
  • Listings Debut at Hub with One Month Free; Apartments in Brooklyn’s Tallest Tower from $2,450/Month [link]
  • FiDi’s 180 Water Street Announces March Opening; Now Leasing No Fee Rentals + One Month Free [link]
  • Special Offers Through February 28th at 45 Wall Street in the Financial District; Studios from $2,655/Month [link]
  • Two Months of Free Rent + More Offers at Midtown West’s 455W37; Studios Starting from $2,650/Month [link]
  • Grand Opening of Theater House, Murray Hill Rentals Priced from $3,200/Month [link]
  • One Month Free at LIC High-Rise with Rooftop Health Club, Glass Enclosed Heated Pool [link]
  • One Month of Free Rent at The Fairmont; Upper East Side Living on East 75th Street in Lenox Hill [link]
  • Clinton Hill’s 105 Grand Avenue Offering One Month Free With 14-Month Leases [link]
  • April Occupancy Announced for Karim Rashid’s East Harlem Rental; Listings Hit Market from $2,500/Month [link]

SEE MORE RENTAL NEWS AND OFFERS HERE >>

Images (L to R): HUB, House39, Theater House and Henry Hall

Apartment Deals, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Rentals, Uncategorized

FREE RENT: A roundup of NYC’s latest rental concessions

By Ondel Hylton, Mon, February 13, 2017

rental concessions
  • More Amenities Unveiled at Extell’s Midtown Rental 555Ten; Leasing Continues with Free Rent Offer [link]
  • Stonehenge Offering Two Months Free + $1,000 Security Deposits at 101W15 in Chelsea [link]
  • Long Island City’s 1QPS Tower Launches Leasing with Two Months Free; Studios from $1,989/Month [link]
  • 100 West 143rd Street Offering One Month of Free Rent on Newly Renovated Residences [link]
  • Lauded Rental High-Rise in Long Island City Offers Two Months of Free Rent + $1,000 Deposits [link]
  • One Month Free with One Year Leases at The Lucerne on the Upper East Side [link]
  • New Karl Fisher Rental Opens in Greenpoint; 544 on the Park Kicks Off Leasing with Half-Month’s Free Rent [link]
  • Williamsburg’s Bright & Cheery 34 Berry Street Offering One Month of Free Rent [link]
  • Special Rental Offers at 140 Riverside Boulevard Apartments on the Upper West Side [link]

SEE MORE RENTAL NEWS AND OFFERS HERE >>

Images (L to R): 4545 Center Boulevard, 555Ten, 1 QPS Tower and 140 Riverside Boulevard

Brooklyn, Queens, Transportation

New Yorkers living in the outer reaches of Brooklyn and Queens may soon find some relief when it comes to their daily commutes. The MTA’s New York City Transit Riders Council (NYCTRC) is looking to make travel more efficient and affordable for those residing in the city’s transit deserts through a “Freedom Ticket” pilot initiative that will, says Gothamist, temporarily offer discounted flat-fee tickets for bus, subway and commuter rail travel with unlimited free transfers.

more details here

Apartment Deals, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Rentals

FREE RENT: A roundup of NYC’s latest rental concessions

By Ondel Hylton, Fri, February 3, 2017

rental concessions
  • Co-Living Rental ‘Common Baltic‘ Makes its Debut, Offers Leases with One Month of Free Rent [link]
  • An Astounding Four Months of Free Rent with Two-Year Leases at Brooklyn Rental, The Williams [link]
  • Live in Downtown Art Deco High Rise with Two Months of Free Rent; Studios Starting from $2,775 [link]
  • Hoboken Rental, The Rivington, Offers New Renters Up to Two Months of Free Rent [link]
  • 976 Fulton Street in Clinton Hill Debuts, Offers Renters One Month Free [link]
  • Two Months of Free Rent at Park West Village, Only One Block from Central Park [link]
  • Park Towers South on Columbus Circle Offering One Month of Free Rent or One Month OP [link]
  • Sutton Place High-Rise Re-Introduced as Oriana, Sets March 2017 Leasing Launch with Two Months Free [link]
  • Grand Opening of Five-Story Rental Building on Newel Street in Greenpoint [link]
  • Select Units at 21 Chelsea Offer One Month Free + $500 Security Deposits [link]
  • Free Rent at 40-Story Waterfront Residence in Williamsburg; Studios Starting From $2,829/Month [link]
  • 70 Pine Offering One Month Free + One Month Owner Paid Commission; Studios to Three-Bedrooms + Two Full Floors of Amenities [link]
  • 21 West End Avenue Now Leasing with Two or Three Months Free on All Listings; Studios from $2,950/Month [link]
  • Leasing Launches at Newly Constructed Astoria Rental, The Academy [link]

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Images (L to R): Oriana, 21 West End Avenue, 21 West Street and The Academy.

 

 

Architecture, Long Island City, New Developments, Rentals

View of residential towers from Queens Plaza as of last week, via CityRealty

Of the 30+ under-construction and proposed projects in Long Island City, many of the tallest and bulkiest are located near Queens Plaza, including this trio of slab-glass rental towers from Tishman Speyer and H&R Real Estate Investment Trust that will bring nearly 1,800 new apartments to the area. The residential buildings–located at 28-34 Jackson Avenue, 28-10 Jackson Avenue and 30-02 Queens Boulevard–are directly adjacent to Tishman’s two-towered commercial venture that will be home to WeWork, Macy’s, and a food hall. CityRealty recently stopped by the construction to see how things are shaping up at the rentals, which from the looks of it are well on their way to welcoming in LIC’s newest batch of residents.

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Celebrities, Queens

Going, going, gone… Today reports that Donald Trump’s childhood home has traded hands once again, officially selling at auction last week to an undisclosed buyer for an undisclosed amount. As 6sqft previously reported, the Jamaica, Queens house was purchased by Manhattan real estate developer Michael Davis for $1.4 million in January from a couple who had owned the Trump memento since 2008 (they shelled out just $782,500). Davis’ intent from the outset was to flip the property for a hefty return, and while no auction price has been revealed, early estimates projected a closing figure of around $10 million—much thanks to the Donald’s presidential win (Trump himself even joked about buying it on the Tonight Show). New photos from the auction also give us additional views into the modest Tudor abode.

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Cool Listings, Far Rockaway, Quirky Homes

Houseboat Far Rockaway Arverne

Set sail for home in Jamaica Bay on this $59,000 houseboat, now for sale. According to its listing, the 400-square-foot model is good for year-round living and is equipped with central cooling, carpeted floors and wonderful waterfront views. Plus this “single family” vehicle has one bed, one bath, a very large covered deck and “great solar potential”—not to mention you’ve got the ocean as your playground. The listing says the houseboat, a 2007 Custom Flo-Lodge, was hauled a year ago across the Verrazano Narrows to its current docking point at Far Rockaway’s Marina 59, and has been floating there ever since.

Yo ho a pirate’s life in Queens

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