Elmhurst’s Chinatown. Image: Wiki Commons.
Recent economic snapshots issued by the state comptroller show that New York City has continued to experience record economic expansion in the past three years. This growth has been led by notable gains in the economies of Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx (Staten Island’s report is expected later this year), which since the 1990s have seen an economic boost from a large increase in their immigrant populations, Crain’s reports. The revitalization of these immigrant-rich areas has led to an uptick in the number of businesses as well as sales and job growth. Unemployment is at its lowest rate since 1990. Queens, the borough that is home the city’s most diverse population and becoming more so, is clearly one to watch.
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Have you ever heard of Laurelton? If not, start Googling. It’s a neighborhood in Queens where you can buy a single-family home for $429,000—a very impressive price in today’s real estate market. It’s a Tudor built in around 1930 with a charming exterior, unique details on the interior, a small front and back yard and a garage. Of course, at that price, you’ll make some kind of sacrifice—it’s not located anywhere near a subway station. But if you’re in the market for an affordable single-family, don’t write this one off.
Check it out
- A Floating Hotel in Rockaway: Take a snooze on the Truck-A-Float, a platform of four floating sleeping pods made from old car parts in Queens. Check out the details on how to book a stay on Cool Hunting.
- An Entire 3D-Printed Estate: Proving that the possibilities of 3D printing are endless, Inhabitat reports that one architect plans to 3D-print an estate with a pool and 2,400-sq-ft home in Gardiner, New York.
- Shelving Unit That Hides Your Stuff and Displays Your Favorite Books: Show off your favorite books in a creative way without completely ripping them apart! Aust & Amelung’s ingenious Book Box uses your books’ covers to hide away your junk. Check out more photos on FastCo.Design.
- The Brooklyn Children’s Museum Gets A Cool New Rooftop Pavilion: Brownstoner featured renderings of the museum’s new rooftop structure that’s made of “high-tech material that is lighter and more durable than glass and is non-stick so dirt falls off on its own.”
Images: Truck-A-Float Hotel courtesy of ComboColab via Cool Hunting (left); Book Box courtesy of Aust & Amelung via FastCo.Design
- Channel Your Inner Beach Bum: If you’re thinking, “Where am I supposed to learn how to surf in the NYC area that doesn’t require me to go to Long Island?” That’s where Rockaway Beach and Locals Surf School come in. Cool Hunting features the year-round school founded by two former competitive surfers
- Support Girls’ Dreams To Be Leaders: Forget Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerburg and Steve Jobs; this new documentary, now accepting pledges on Kickstarter, celebrates the women entrepreneurs. Donate to the campaign to empower and encourage young girls to be lady bosses and to “Dream, Girl.”
- Tour A Museum After Hours: Gizmodo reported yesterday that Tate Britain After Dark, a project by The Workers, has finally launched. Watch four robots that have been let loose to roam the museum while it’s closed. The best part? You can sign up to control one of them! If you’re more of the observing type, be sure to tune in from now to Sunday to catch some live footage.
- A Seat For Your Tush To A Pot For Your Plant: Unmanned bikes, get stolen. Unmanned bikes that are locked up and left for 10 minutes, get stolen. Unlike NYC, abandoned bicycles go unnoticed in Tokyo, and are usually left to rot. Junk Culture spotlights a new campaign to upcycle old bike seats into mini green spaces.
Images: Dream, Girl website (left); Saddle Blossoms courtesy of Junk Culture (right)
- A Kid-Friendly 3D Printer?: Engadget showcases a printer that is easy enough for a kid to use… or let’s be honest, it’s easy enough for us to use.
- Is Jamaica, Queens Back in the Rezone?: Jamaica, Queens has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the city. The Wall Street Journal wonders if the recently revived rezoning projects is enough to bring the neighborhood back.
- Bjork Heads to Brooklyn: A Matthew Barney just purchased a dilapidated townhouse in Fort Greene for $1.99 million. The New York Observer asks, is it THE Matthew Barney and Bjork?
- A Pen That Can Write in Any Color: Remember those color-picker pens you just loved as a child? Well this is that times 4 million. Architizer shows off the new Scribble pen that has 16 million color possibilities.
- Seven Swimming Spots Near the City: The days of high heat and humidity are closing in on us and some of us have a crippling fear of sharks. (Not that we know that from experience or anything.) The Gothamist has seven swimming holes that are calmer than the Atlantic – and hopefully further from Jaws.
- Satellites Cleared to take Photos at Mailbox Level: Satellites are now allowed to photograph items as small as a foot. Gizmodo explains why this is a good thing.
Images: Bjork (left), Kid-friendly 3D printer (right)