Woodside apartments offering ‘affordable luxury’ hit market Feb.

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  1. me

    affordable housing???? O RIGHT!! for the hipsters that couldnt afford Manhattan then Williamsburg so now they will have a beautiful view of the cemetary across the street - also they were built
    so quickly they'll be falling apart in less than 10 years!

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  2. Just me

    I'm sorry....I think I'm reading the wrong article! Either that or I'm guessing the paper was in a funny, sarcastic mood when it stated 'affordable luxury'!
    It's Woodside, not a house Sunnyside gardens! You could get cheaper mortgages than renting a 2 bedroom here!

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  3. neverforget

    There have been a lot of comments referring to hipsters- who are they?

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  4. Pete

    @neverforget--good question. In New York culture, the "hipster" is always somebody other than oneself. It's usually a nebulous, vaguely menacing figure that brings some unspecified sense of change and therefore threat to the person who's deploying the term. It can be used as a more specific demographic term, but I find that more commonly it's a catch all term that sums up and embodies the various socio-economic-cultural anxieties of the speaker.

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  5. Plain Spoken

    F$$k you and your luxury Modern Spaces!

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  6. Webley

    Thanks for the commercial, now back to real news.

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  7. Krissi

    For "luxury", this is affordable. But not cheap.

    That being said I wouldn't pay these rents on Queens Boulevard in Woodside. It's a serious highway there, not a walkable area.

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  8. Native NYer

    That is a not the best location, at least right now.

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  9. Darth Sunnyside

    What's the matter Icon 52 owners? You can't afford to advertise on Yahoo?

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  10. Oldchool Sunnysider

    "Hipsters" are todays version of "Yuppie Scum"

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  11. yupster

    in this case it's the "yuppies", i.e. midtown-working business folk/young families getting priced out of LIC that MAYBE would consider this. You all can quit all the hipster-bashing because they wouldn't be caught dead at this location, still plenty of edgy neighborhoods in brooklyn to gentrify. For now.

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  12. Plain Spoken

    From Modern Spaces website (with some explanations):

    Welcome a new Icon to Woodside. Nestled (Nestled!! The building is nestled!!!) between Astoria and Sunnyside, it is also (2,000) steps from Long Island City and just (15-20) minutes away from (Grand Central) Manhattan.

    Bathrooms with Kohler deep soaking tubs provide a world of comfort with none of the cost (except for the very high rent you pay).

    The Icon 52 provides affordable (if you're rich) luxury in (more like near) a quiet neighborhood with considerable proximity to the city. (The din of traffic will be lessened as you soak in your tub…with the door closed and window shut.)

    Feel good about living in a certified GREEN building (you sanctimonious twits) with a live-in superintendent (I prefer he live in his own overpriced apartment) and virtual (Max Headroom?) doorman.

    Common rooftop terrace with relaxation pods (relaxation pods!!!) and BBQ areas is available to all residents.

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  13. Plain Spoken

    Here's the funniest thing of all from Modern Spaces: A 2 bedroom is 815 square feet!! They need to add "cozy" to apartment descriptions.

    "Cozy luxury!"

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  14. Darth Sunnyside

    It's got a beautiful view of ... the cemetery. Wake up everyday and get reminded of your final destination.

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  15. P-Dizzle

    Ummm No. Hipsters are the nouveau version of Hippies. Which were named after hypocrites for hating war yet indulging in the freedoms of random drug use. Although typical hippies were considered burn outs, hipsters are primarily liberal in thought and egotistical.

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  16. JaneGrissom

    Right on the Boulevard of Death and facing the cemetery! Perfect!

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  17. sunnysideposthatesme14

    Never Forget I was the one that exposed the truth about Sunnyside regarding Hipsters and Yuppies.

    You're welcome.

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  18. Time's Up

    Neverforget and Pete - I think we're cousins.

    Thanks to the former for raising the question and the latter for his perfect definition. Well played.

    As I always implore: please, please tell me exactly who this "hipster" person is so I know who to fear and hate. After all, considering these "hipsters" are purportedly responsible for 95% of the city's problems, they need to be identified and punished appropriately.

    And the funny thing is, despite your brilliant take-down, subsequent comments continue with this nonsense in earnest. As in drrrrrrr...hipsters are rich, drrrrrr...hipsters are all poor.....drrrr hipsters are all from the midewest...drrrrr hipsters are like hippies or something.....drrrr hipsters are like poor dirty yuppies or something.....drrrr hipsters are too lazy to work.....drrrrrr hipsters are stealing all our jobs.....And they don't get the irony.

    Anyway, $2350 for a brand new 2-BR two blocks away from a decent train stop sounds perfectly reasonable to me. If it were in Bushwick it'd be closer to $3350. And I'd take Woodside over many BK neighborhoods any day.

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  19. Bernie

    "affordable luxury" seriously ????? oxymoron material, or marketing doubletalk.

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  20. law2037

    I love the way they say affordable, 2300 for a two bedroom and 1500 for a studio yeah sure real affordable. That's it keep pushing the wirking class out so the rich could move in

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  21. Celtic Bark

    It's not as ugly and glassy as most of the new developments I've seen but that's not saying much.

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  22. Celtic Bark

    "Affordable" is a relative term.

    What's affordable to some Wall Street hot shot is exorbitant to bank teller.

    "Luxury" is relative too. To a homeless person, a cot in a crowded boarding house with running water is luxury. To spoiled rich people, flying commercial would be "deprivation."

    These real estate people give politicians a run for the money when it comes to the Orwellian bullshit.

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  23. Exhausted

    According to the Merrium Webster online dictionary:

    hip·ster noun ˈhip-stər
    : a person who follows the latest styles, fashions, etc. : a hip person

    We are all riding the Gentrification Wave Bloomberg promised us. I read all about the phenomenon in Wikipedia today because I was tired of living through it without adequate information.

    Check it out yourselves. Its happening all over the world, according the Wiki., and it ends up pitting neighbor against neighbor, neither of whom really profits, while developers and new business people make out like the bandits they really are.

    Just another example of the more powerful manipulating the less powerful for self-serving reasons.

    I wish I'd been born a 1%er so this dreary business didn't affect me. But it does. In the end the natives--me--lose.

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  24. Tequilla Mockingbird

    I agree with @Pete, that in Sunnyside Post comments, "hipsters" has its own meaning slightly different from the commonly accepted definition.

    It is basically a category of people who is not like "us".

    "Hipsters" are younger, liberal, educated and open-minded and have more disposable income than the original residents.
    Hence the visceral fear of being priced out of the neighborhood.

    It is also well known that "hipsters" are plotting to invade good old Sunnyside and turn it into an expensive trendy neighborhood with mixology bars, bike shops, organic restaurants and actual clothing stores. Scary!

    Hipsters are not here yet, so we can feel safe for the time being surrounded by 99c stores, fast food joints, pizza places, derelict empty storefronts and shops that look straight out of the 80s. Hopefully this won't change.

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  25. Celtic Bark

    My definition of "hipster" is anyone who would wait in line for a Cronut

    - or wait in line in front of Shake Shack

    - or wait in line to buy the latest iPhone

    - or wait in line to get into whatever night club Gothamist tells them is cool.

    Basically, a bunch of 20 somethings from the suburbs who are willing to wait in line for silly nonsense that no sensible, hard-boiled New Yorker ever would.

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  26. Anoymous

    Let Scott Cooper, Esq., Real Estate Broker for 26 years, located in Woodside, Queens know about this breakthrough. 718-729-6767. He has many people looking for apts. He does not co-broke on rentals. Cooper Real Estate & Law also manages buildings and does all the work easy, at no cost to the owner, i.e. credit and business checks on any potential tenants are necessary.

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  27. Really don't get it....

    I love how people on this site refer to anyone new living in the neighborhood as "hipsters" and demonize them for trying to improve the general quality of life for themselves and those around them.

    Can someone please explain to me how someone can view new restaurants and cafes, improved parks and increased property values as a bad thing?

    Seriously- this is a genuine question- how is it possible that improvements which would be welcomed by 99.99% are viewed by certain Sunnysiders as a bad thing?

    Please enlighten me……..

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  28. Frank

    What a dump! Those built-in AC units will be totally rusted in a couple of years. The whole place will be falling apart in 10 years. Crappy, depressing location, too.

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  29. Celtic Bark

    @Jane Grissom

    Good one.

    Perfect spot for the Addams Family house though. Not so much for "affordable luxury" apartments, as per your description.

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  30. What?

    @ Really don't get it--please read the wikipedia entry on "gentrification." Then you will get it.

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  31. nobody

    another one of these is going up in 43rd and skillman.

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  32. Oldchool Sunnysider

    "Hipsters" don't know a damn thing about having any class.
    They do as they are told, they buy what they are told to buy, they eat where they are told to eat. They are sheep. And sheep make mighty fine eating.

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  33. Oldchool Sunnysider

    KRISSI!!! "The Queen of Overdevelopment and First Lady of Landlords is speaking ill about a new property in the nabe? I am shocked! Shocked I say! But then, since she has NOTHING to do with this property and will make NOTHING in commissions, its not unexpected that she would have something negative to say about it. How very Republican and Reptillian! LOL!!!

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  34. Pickup Andropov the Russian cab river

    As homeowner I bought home here in 2001 hoping the new temporary MOMA branch would bring cafes artists and stylish hipsters and man I was right!!!! my place is worth 3x what I paid thanks to my bearded hipster friends!!!!

    back in motherland Russia i need to work 5 lifetimes at brothers casket making company to make this kiind of cash this fast.

    Thanks you hipsters and THANK YOU AMERICA!!!!!
    GOD ble$$ you all!!!

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  35. Guttersnipe

    Time's Up, What an adorable comment you make cupcake. Neverforget and Pete are most probably your cousins! Spawn out of the same hipster gene pool.

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  36. Yessir

    To What:

    Just read the Wikipedia entry on gentrificaton. BRING IT ON.

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  37. Reesie

    How about getting back to the article? This apartment complex is NOT conveniently located; a long walk to anything decent (unless you want to dine at Boston Market and KFC). The apartments are overpriced; you can get better rents in the walkups in Sunnyside, and are not roomy. I think this complex will have a rude awakening. The only plus side is that tenants will be able to actually get on the 7 train in the morning before is it bombarded by the 46th and 40th street stops. However, they miss the express train by 1 stop. The only hope is that with the introduction of this complex, something will be done to vitalize the area (though I think that is unlikely). I pity the fools who think this is a good deal...

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  38. Pete

    @ Guttersnipe: thanks for proving my point.

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  39. TRUTH

    yOU HAVE TO BE A MORON TO PAY 2350 FOR A 2 BEDROOM. A REAL MORON.

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  40. I forgot

    Truth, sure, why not live in mom's basement as a 40 year old virgin like yourself. Long live and prosper and may the force be with you.

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  41. TRUTH

    Iforgot, go ahead and flush your money down the toilet ,

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  42. rikki

    Where are these people getting all this money from? certainly not from real jobs..

    Its a pretty industrial area seems like rite aid is the closest "food store"

    But then again we so cat sitting visiting peoples pets while they are away and i notice people to dont have as much stuff as 10 year ago...you almost never see a wall full of records tapes cd's or books anymore...

    Plus lots seem to have futons or beds with underneath storage so no need for the humungous 9 drawer dressers..

    LCD computer monitors and big screen on the wall...but i did notice people seems to buy very nice expensive couches/ chairs....guess they seem to sit on them a lot....

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  43. South Side Johnny

    Anyone thinking of moving to this neighborhood should read the comments to this article first, so they can get an idea of who their neighbors are.

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  44. South

    @ Rikki
    Real jobs? Please explain what you think these high-paying"Fake Jobs" would be - Mermaid, Single-ball Juggler, etc?

    Sure, these apartments seem overpriced for the area, but there are tens of thousands of New Yorkers who can readily afford these silly Woodside apartments.

    According to Curbed NY, the median rent for a two-bedroom apt. in nearby Greenpoint is 3,150, and Astoria is 2,900. These apartments are just following suit.

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  45. 52nd Streeter

    This is actually on our block. I happen to love the area. Our 7 train station is 30 feet away, the Rite Aid is 2 blocks away, the Key Foods is maybe a 4 minute walk, and stores on Queens Blvd. and Skillman are less than a 10 minute walk. That being said, we pay $1550 for a one-bedroom, almost $200 less than the starting prices in this apartment building, and I'm sure that street parking is only going to get harder.

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  46. Sad to See My Hometown Sold Off

    Michael Bloomberg asked all the rich people in the world to move here and I guess they did.

    Hey, rich folks, please take good care of my Hometown. Try to love it as much as we have. Send postcards to trailer parks, where we will all be living if we are lucky since you've decided to upgrade the place for your own benefit, not ours.

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  47. Yessir

    All you complainers this site are incredible. You designate people with names like "yuppie" or "hipster" and whine about the neighborhood improving. Seriously it makes no sense. The amount of upgrading and progress that has occured in the last several years is remarkable and all positive.

    Don't begrudge those people who come here and spend hard earned money to improve the area. Progess is a good thing. Let's embrace Sunnyside's potential.

    We as existing Sunnysiders are the beneficiaries of these people coming here and I for one, welcome it.

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  48. Johnny

    REDRUM! REDRUM!

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  49. TRUTH

    Yesssir, you are a moron if you think bringing in people who have money is somehow going to make a neighborhood 'better'

    its that attitude we..the original sunnysiders loathe.

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  50. Native NYer

    "Rich"? The general rule of thumb is monthly rent X 40 should be less than annual income. The two-bedroom is 2350/mo X 40 = 94k annual income. Hardly "rich" by any means in NYC. A married couple of a fireman and schoolteacher make way more than that.

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  51. sunnysideSux

    NativeNYER is proof that people are completely out of touch with reality.

    if you think 94k for an apartment is reasonable, a good deal and affordable, you're either a lying sack of shill or completely delusional. Either way you're full of it.

    The rest of us clear thinkers know full well that even with a double income, considering the rest of the cost of living, 2000+ a month for renting an apartment is sheer lunacy.

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  52. Angray

    @SunnysideSux - Learn to read. NativeNYer is talking about what is affordable rent vs. income. 94k annual rent for an apt is some swanky 3 bdrm luxury building on CPW. We are talking about 2350/mo being afforable in a 94k annual household income (not hard as NativeNYer pointed out).

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  53. sunnysideSux

    Angray! YOU learn to read , My comments are for BOTH points. 94k is too much to pay for ANY apartment and 2000+ is too much for that neighborhood.

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  54. Craic Dealer

    Use the 40 rule to see if this icon52 is out of their minds. (Monthly rent)x(40) and that should be the annual income. People making +95K in Woodside... not THAT much. In lic... yes.

    This place will have ton's of vacancy and will become a dump. Give it 2 years.

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  55. Angray

    @sunnysidesux - While yes the 94k annual rent is expensive for us, it isn't for the multi millionaires.

    Back to the discussion at hand, it is all about perception. You may think it is expensive, but if you are used to paying 3500 for a 2 bdrm in Manhattan, this is a bargain.

    A teacher of 5 years+ in LI will make 90k. These salaries are posted publicly. Forget what the bankers are making. How are the prices not affordable?

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  56. Krissi

    I would say the closest comparison to a building like this would be the Elm on Queens Boulevard. I just looked up comparables and 570-650sf 1 bedrooms range in the $1600-$2,000 price point. This is rented units, not units currently on market. 2bd units rented in the $2300-$2600 price point. So this building is in line with what's currently out there.

    I personally wouldn't pay that much to live on a highway though. But if these "lux" units were in more prime neighborhoods, they'd be a lot pricier I'm sure.

    The fact of the matter is I think a lot of people on this site who are commenting don't really understand that incomes and therefore pricing is not what it used to be. A 1st grade teacher who is right out of college ($45k starting salary) who is married to a first year cop ($41k starting salary) make enough to afford a 2bd in this building. It's not that unaffordable. Comparably, they can afford a small studio or 1 bed in a walk up building in "not particularly prime" are in Manhattan (ie Yorkville or Harlem) at the similar price point.

    OldSchoolSunnyider

    At least I use my real name on this page unlike you. I've never worked on a building in Queens so opinions I give are always honest, based upon my 10+ years experience working on Manhattan buildings. And while there are disagreements on this page, I don't insult people. Why don't you try the same?

    Or are you too ashamed? You wouldn't say these things to my face?

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  57. NativeNYer

    @sunnysideSux: I did not write a rent of 94k, I said an annual INCOME of 94k could afford the rents the article listed. Perhaps if you could comprehend simple math you'd have a higher income?

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  58. Pirates vs Robots

    @Sunnysidesux

    Are you serious right now? READ THE POST AGAIN.

    There is nothing about rent being $94K. Not a thing.

    The accepted formula for figuring out how much rent one can/should be able to afford is whether his household INCOME is 40x the rent. So, if someone's INCOME is $94K, then the $2350/month rent is reasonable for him.

    You lose at reading comprehension.

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  59. Pat

    Anyway, what you will get as an extra FREE is lots of fumes in the summer and/or a high air conditioning bill in the warmer months.

    Who want to live on QB with all of that traffic.

    This is a middle income neighborhood, always was and I can't believe the rents people are being asked to pay ....

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  60. Local Resident

    52nd street and Queens Boulevard? Lol

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  61. Anonymous

    What's up with that huge apartment building near the Big 6, The Terrace Woodside?

    How many years now? 2? 3?

    The only tenant is a Deals, not a great sign....

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  62. GJ

    What's up with that huge apartment building near the Big 6, The Terrace Woodside?

    How many years now? 2? 3?

    The only tenant is a Deals, not a great sign....

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  63. Anonymous

    M$ to make $$ in W'side and Sunnyside without regards to the poor tenants. bling bling luxury

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Oct. 27, By Christian Murray

An 81-year-old Sunnyside resident was punched in the face and then robbed at the Chase bank branch at 46-10 Queen Blvd Sunday morning.

William Eichhorn, who has lived in the Phipps Houses for the past 50 years, had just finished mass at St. Sebastian’s church and walked up to the Queens Blvd branch to get cash for a newspaper and bagel and get pocket money for the week.

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Reynolds led a tour around Sunnyside Gardens and stopped off at various locations to unveil the signs. The signs were placed near the corner of 46th Street and Skillman Avenue; on 47th Street (between Queens Blvd and 43rd Avenue); and near Sunnyside [Gardens] Park.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who lives in the historic district,  thanked those who helped make sure Sunnyside Gardens was a landmarked district. “We have the history, the architecture and the urban planning here,” he said.

The three signs (see below) noted that the district was built between 1924 and 1928, and was inspired by the English “garden city’ ideal of the late 19th century. Furthermore, it stated that the Phipps Gardens Apartments, which are part of the district, were build between 1931 and 35.

Sunnyside Gardens became a landmarked district in 2007 after a hotly contested debate. In 2011, brown street signs denoting the historic district went up throughout the gardens.

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Sunnyside Shines cuts the ribbon to 40th Street/Lowery Plaza

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Oct. 26, By Christian Murray

The gritty entrance to the 40th Street subway station has been transformed into a tidy plaza complete with tables, chairs and planters.

Sunnyside Shines cut the ribbon Friday to what’s now called “Lowery Plaza,” which features planters, tables and chairs. The opening comes just three months after the successful launch of the “Bliss Plaza” at 46th Street that has been well received since it opened.

“This space has been transformed from an underpass to a beautiful pedestrian oasis,” said Rachel Thieme, the executive director of Sunnyside Shines, which is commonly referred to as the BID. “It has seating, tables and colorful planters—a great place to eat lunch.”

The Lowery Plaza was put together quickly once the artwork that had occupied the space was removed Wednesday. The concrete surface was power washed and the planters, tables and chairs were added.

The planters have been systematically placed alongside Queens Boulevard, as a means to create a green buffer and soften the noise from traffic. While most of the planters were in place Friday, more will be arriving.

“We have received such positive feedback from community members and business owners about the success of the Bliss Plaza,” Thieme said, adding that “I’m delighted to replicate this success at Lowery Plaza.”

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said that when people “hop off the 7 train at the 40th and 46th Street stations they will be welcomed by two new beautiful public plazas that have completely transformed the neighborhood’s most underutilized spaces.”

The two plazas stem from an application the BID filed with the DOT last summer for the two sites to be included as part of the NYC Plaza Program. The DOT approved the BID’s proposal and agreed to help design the plazas and provide the funding.

Both plazas will be open from 9 am until dusk. The Neighborhood Plaza Partnership, a non-profit group that is dedicated to maintaining public plazas, is in charge of putting away the tables and chairs each night as well as looking after the planters at both locations.

During the ribbon cutting a fruit vendor was operating on the periphery of the 40th Street/Lowery Plaza area.

Sources say that the vendors will be left alone as long as they abide by city law.

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Halloween dog parade to take place Saturday

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Oct. 24, By Michael Florio

More than 100 dogs—accompanied by their owners– are expected to participate in the third annual “Woofside” Halloween Pet Parade this Saturday.

The event, organized by Woodside on the Move, is likely to attract pooches dressed as cowboys, pirates, ballerinas, ball-room dancers, hot dogs, bumble bees, commandos and even knights.

The event will kick off at Skillman Pets (49th and Skillman Ave.) at 11 am and parade goers will march from there to Windmuller Park.

Last year, 85 pets, mostly dogs, participated in the event.

“We are expecting more pets this year,” said Adriana Beltran, with Woodside on the Move. “Most likely we will break 100,” based on the phone calls we have received.

There will be several contests for the dogs. Prizes will be awarded for the most originally dressed dog—as well as for the funniest and scariest costumes. An award will be given for the best matching owner and dog costume.

Last year’s winner of the most original costume was a dog dressed as the No. 7 train.

“It’s a lot of fun and a good laugh,” said Adrian Bordoni, Executive Director of Woodside on the Move. “And of course all the pets look adorable.”

The ASPCA, Skillman Pets, Traveling Pet Services and the Queens Animal Hospital are among the sponsors.

The sponsors will be providing goody bags for the dogs, training workshops and grooming demonstrations.

Details:

Time: 11 am – 2pm

Date: Oct. 25

Cost: $5

Starts: Skillman Pets (49th and Skillman Ave.)

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Capital New York: Amtrak weighing development of Sunnyside Yards

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Oct. 23, Capital New York

Amtrak is considering developing Sunnyside Yards in Queens as part of a nationwide evaluation of its real estate portfolio and could turn to investors as early as next spring to find partners willing to explore potential uses for those properties, the company’s chairman, Anthony Coscia, said Thursday.

Executives have been in talks with the de Blasio and Cuomo administrations about the site, Coscia told reporters at a global real estate conference at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. Coscia mentioned the plans during a panel discussion moderated by former deputy mayor Dan Doctoroff.

The Sunnyside Yards is one the largest undeveloped parcels in New York City and holds virtually limitless potential to developers willing to build a platform above the tracks. Planners have long dreamed about what could be built on the property, which remains an active rail yard used by several train companies.

For the full Capital New York story click here.

Previous coverage:

Sunnysidepost: Van Bramer differs with Community Board Chair over development of Sunnyside Yards

 

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Italian restaurant to open at former ‘New Post Coffee’ location

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Oct. 23, By Christian Murray

An Italian restaurant will be opening in Sunnyside—at the very location where the New Post Coffee Shop was located for 50 years.

One of the two new owners is a Sunnyside resident who lives on the same block as the 40th Street/Queens Blvd restaurant. He is from Milan and has recently sold an Italian restaurant that he owned in Spain in order to focus on this restaurant. His business partner is from Puglia who manages an Italian restaurant in Manhattan.

The owners signed the lease Tuesday and plan to spend in excess of $200,000 on gutting the premises—from floor to ceiling—and rebuilding it. The establishment will have a new kitchen, floors, walls and bathroom. It will also come with a coffee station, pastry counter as well as a bar.

Construction is expected to take 3 months. The owners, who have yet to come up with a name for the establishment, are hoping to open the restaurant by February.

The owners also plan to provide outdoor seating on the 40th Street side of the property. The goal is to have it ready by summer 2015.

The Sunnyside owner, Valerio, who elected not to provide his last name since he is working at an Italian restaurant at present, said he wants to change people’s mentality of the location.”People know this place as dirty and I want to change that,” he said.

New Post had been closed by the Health Department several times in recent years.

The Italian restaurant will primarily be a café in the morning, offering coffee and pastries. It will sell items such as paninis, pastas and salads for lunch.

The dinner menu will be comprised of traditional meat, fish and pasta dishes, Valerio said. However, he said he is working on the finer details.

Valerio has lived in Sunnyside with his wife for the past 10 years—although he has spent most of his summers at his former restaurant in Spain. The 34-year-old has been in the US for 12 years.

Valerio said he wants to focus on Sunnyside. He has a 7-year-daughter who attends PS 150 and a 3-year-old daughter who will be going there soon.

“I love Sunnyside, the people make this such a great neighborhood,” he said.

He said the restaurant will be good for neighborhood. “It will improve how the corner looks and will offer great food.”

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Police seek man who touched woman’s chest at Marshalls

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Oct. 22, Staff Report

The police are looking for a man who allegedly grabbed a woman’s chest at Marshalls on Saturday.

The police said suspect approached a 55-year-old woman at the 48-18 Northern Boulevard store at about 6:40pm on October 18 and touched her with both hands—and then fled.

The victim was not hurt as a result of this incident.

The suspect has been described as a black male in his 20s, approximately 5’8″ and 160lbs. He was last seen wearing red pants, black t-shirt, black book bag and tan boots.

Anyone with information in regards to this assault is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

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Capital New York: Amtrak weighing development of Sunnyside Yards
PRR-Sunnyside-Yard_viewW-1955_ArtHuneke Oct. 23, Capital New York Amtrak is considering developing Sunnyside Yards in Queens as part of a nationwide evaluation of its real estate portfolio and could turn to investors as early as next spring to find partners willing to explore potential uses for those properties, the company’s chairman, Anthony Coscia, said Thursday. Executives have been in talks with the de Blasio and Cuomo administrations about the site, Coscia told reporters at a global real estate conference at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in Manhattan. Coscia mentioned the plans during a panel discussion moderated by former deputy mayor Dan Doctoroff. The Sunnyside Yards is one the largest undeveloped parcels in New York City and holds virtually limitless potential to developers willing to build a platform above the tracks. Planners have long dreamed about what could be built on the property, which remains an active rail yard used by several train companies. For the full Capital New York story click here. Previous coverage: Sunnysidepost: Van Bramer differs with Community Board Chair over development of Sunnyside Yards  
Italian restaurant to open at former ‘New Post Coffee’ location
New-Post Oct. 23, By Christian Murray An Italian restaurant will be opening in Sunnyside—at the very location where the New Post Coffee Shop was located for 50 years. One of the two new owners is a Sunnyside resident who lives on the same block as the 40th Street/Queens Blvd restaurant. He is from Milan and has recently sold an Italian restaurant that he owned in Spain in order to focus on this restaurant. His business partner is from Puglia who manages an Italian restaurant in Manhattan. The owners signed the lease Tuesday and plan to spend in excess of $200,000 on gutting the premises—from floor to ceiling—and rebuilding it. The establishment will have a new kitchen, floors, walls and bathroom. It will also come with a coffee station, pastry counter as well as a bar. Construction is expected to take 3 months. The owners, who have yet to come up with a name for the establishment, are hoping to open the restaurant by February. The owners also plan to provide outdoor seating on the 40th Street side of the property. The goal is to have it ready by summer 2015. The Sunnyside owner, Valerio, who elected not to provide his last name since he is working at an Italian restaurant at present, said he wants to change people’s mentality of the location.”People know this place as dirty and I want to change that,” he said. New Post had been closed by the Health Department several times in recent years. The Italian restaurant will primarily be a café in the morning, offering coffee and pastries. It will sell items such as paninis, pastas and salads for lunch. The dinner menu will be comprised of traditional meat, fish and pasta dishes, Valerio said. However, he said he is working on the finer details. Valerio has lived in Sunnyside with his wife for the past 10 years—although he has spent most of his summers at his former restaurant in Spain. The 34-year-old has been in the US for 12 years. Valerio said he wants to focus on Sunnyside. He has a 7-year-daughter who attends PS 150 and a 3-year-old daughter who will be going there soon. “I love Sunnyside, the people make this such a great neighborhood,” he said. He said the restaurant will be good for neighborhood. “It will improve how the corner looks and will offer great food.”
Police seek man who touched woman’s chest at Marshalls
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Oct. 22, Staff Report The police are looking for a man who allegedly grabbed a woman’s chest at Marshalls on Saturday. The police said suspect approached a 55-year-old woman at the 48-18 Northern Boulevard store at about 6:40pm on October 18 and touched her with both hands—and then fled. The victim was not hurt as a result of this incident. The suspect has been described as a black male in his 20s, approximately 5'8" and 160lbs. He was last seen wearing red pants, black t-shirt, black book bag and tan boots. Anyone with information in regards to this assault is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.
Artwork under 40th Street Station is removed—to make room for 40th Street/Lowery plaza
artwork 002 Oct. 22, By Christian Murray The artwork/excise equipment beneath the 40th Street station was removed today to make room for the 40th Street/ Lowery Plaza that will be unveiled this Friday. Workers began disassembling the stainless steel workout equipment and rubber mats at about 11 am this morning, which the workers said was on route to be displayed in North Carolina. The equipment/artwork, which went up last October, aimed to “bring art and function [to the subway area],” said Darren Goins, the artist, at the time. Today, as Goins was disassembling his work, he said that his Sunnyside exhibition was well received. He said that it had been replicated in other parts of the city and that it had been written about in an art magazine. However, many residents were perplexed by the artwork and wanted it removed shortly after it went up. The 40th Street Lowery Plaza is scheduled to open Friday with a ribbon cutting taking place there at 1pm. It would have opened in summer—but the artist had a contract with the Department of Transportation to have his work displayed there until October. Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District (BID) will be power washing the concrete beneath the 40th Street Station and setting up planters as well as tables & chairs. The plaza will be very similar to the Bliss Plaza that opened at 46th Street on July 29. The two plazas stem from an application the BID filed with the DOT last summer for the two sites to be included as part of the NYC Plaza Program. The DOT approved the BID’s proposal and agreed to help design the plazas and provide the funding.
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Police seek men who shot four bystanders outside LIC club
Oct. 22, By Christian Murray The police are searching for two men who allegedly got into a gun fight outside a Long Island City nightclub Sunday and shot four bystanders. The incident occurred at about 10:45 pm on Oct. 19 in front of Allure Night Club, located at 33-02 Queens Blvd. The two individuals shot four people—one man in the chest, while the three others in the leg. The victims were driven to area hospitals by their own means. The police are asking the public's assistance in finding the whereabouts of the two shooters. One of the suspects is described as a black male with short hair who was wearing a gray sweatshirt and bright colored sneakers the night of the shooting. There was no description for the second suspect. Anyone with information in asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.
Sunnyside struck by six burglaries in the past week
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Oct. 20, By Christian Murray There have been six burglaries in Sunnyside in the past week, with thieves taking items such as iPhones, iPads, laptops and credit cards, police said. The burglaries started on Tuesday, Oct. 14, when four apartments on 40th Street (btw. 43rd Ave. and 47th Avenues) were targeted. The perpetrator started at 8 am when he entered 45-48 40th Street and broke into two apartments, before fleeing with several electronic items, police said. Then at 11:45 am, a burglar gained access to an apartment at 43-38 40th Street and stole items such as an iPhone and credit card. Later that day, a burglar attempted to break into an apartment at 43-34 40th at around 3:30 pm. The victim heard a noise in living room, causing the suspect to flee. But the thieves were not done. On Wednesday, Oct. 15, a burglar broke into 43-32 40th Street around 4:15pm and fled with several items, police said. Shortly after the incidents, the police sent in somewhere between 15 and 20 officers to keep tabs on the area and the burglaries ceased. However, while the problem in stopped in the 40s, two burglaries took place in the 50s later in the week. On Friday, Oct. 17, the police reported burglaries at 41-25 50th Street and 39-72 52 Street. In addition to the burglaries, two cars in Sunnyside Gardens were tampered with during the week. One had its tires and rims stolen—before being placed on blocks. The other had its window smashed. Anyone with information on any of these incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. Furthermore, in the case of the burglaries, if anyone sees anyone suspicious on a fire escape or in a court yard they are asked to call the police. 47th Street autodamage  
Sunnyside Restaurant Week kicks off Monday
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Oct. 19, By Christian Murray Sunnyside’s second annual restaurant week kicks off Monday and 33 restaurants have signed up to participate. The event, organized by Sunnyside Shines, aims to showcase Sunnyside as a destination for high-quality cuisine. Its goal is tempt residents to try new places and draw foodies from other parts of New York City. Furthermore, there will also be artwork on display at five participating restaurant—with three of those pieces coming from Sunnyside artists. On Monday, there will be a reception held at 7pm at Salt and Fat (41-16 Queens Boulevard) to mark restaurant week. The reception will include a guided tour of the five art installations as well as a movie screening at Dazies. The art is being curated by No Longer Empty, a Manhattan-based contemporary art organization. The work will be on display at Bucharest Restaurant, Los Verdes, PJ Horgan’s, Salt & Fat and Venturo. However, for many, the main attraction won’t be the art—it will be the food. Each restaurant will serve a three course dinner menu for $25—from lunchtime Monday through Friday Oct. 24. The participating restaurants span the globe. There will be Japanese, Turkish, Irish, Italian, Romanian, Mexican, Peruvian, French, Colombian, Filipino, Paraguayan, Tibetan, Thai, and Seasonal American food on offer. Restaurants from Skillman Avenue through 47th Avenue have signed up this year. Last November, when Sunnyside Restaurant Week was launched, 17 restaurants took part. “Last year’s event was a big success for neighborhood restaurants,” said Rachel Thieme, executive director, of Sunnyside Shines. “I am proud that we have doubled the number.” Participating restaurants will also include newcomers to the Sunnyside scene—such as Tibetan Dumpling Café and Blu Orchid. Venturo and Salt & Fat, which were recently recognized as Michelin “Bib Gourmands,” will be participating again this year. Sunnyside Shines has listed the 33 restaurants on its website. Most have put together a special menu just for Sunnyside Restaurant Week.
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Parking costs might rise in Sunnyside/Woodside, as DOT has preliminary plans to introduce ‘Park Smart’
meters Oct. 17, By Christian Murray Representatives from the Department of Transportation attended a Community Board 2 meeting last week and introduced a preliminary plan to introduce “Park Smart”-- a program that aims to free up parking spaces--in Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City. The program attempts to reduce the time it takes for motorists to find parking in business districts-- by changing meter rates, extending park hours and modifying commercial parking zones. The program was first introduced in Queens in 2013, with the implementation of a pilot program in Jackson Heights. The program typically focuses on changing the meter rates to encourage short-term parking through “progressive” rates. For instance on certain streets in Jackson Heights, it now costs 50 cents to park for 30 minutes, $1:50 for an hour, $2:50 for 90 minutes and $4 for 2 hours. However, in some cases, the parking period has been extended on certain streets. For instance, one hour limits have been increased to two. Park Smart typically aims to change the commercial parking and delivery zones. “Early Morning Delivery Zones” are often established to provide loading space before the meters turn on at 10 a.m., and “Paid Commercial Parking Zones” reserve daytime metered spaces for commercial uses. The Department of Transportation will not introduce the system unless business owners opt into the program. The DOT representatives told the Community Board 2 that it will reach out to Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District, the Long Island City Partnership and Woodside on the Move to get their feedback. Those groups are likely to conduct a survey of local businesses to get their feedback. Park Smart is not a program that typically goes into effect overnight as the DOT typically evaluates each street to determine whether the parking times and rates need to be modified. Furthermore it is typically implemented as a pilot program before becoming permanent. The programs were made permanent in Park Slope and Greenwich Village, after they were deemed effective, according to the DOT. However, the pilot program on Madison Avenue and East 86th Street was brought to a halt after it was viewed as being ineffective, according to published reports. For more information on Park Smart click here https://www.scribd.com/doc/243356677/Jackson-Heights-PARK-Smart
Sunnyside building winds up on ‘Worst Landlord Watch List’
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Oct. 16, By Christian Murray New York’s annual "Worst Landlord Watch List" was released last week and it included a poorly-run building in Sunnyside and one in Woodside. The list, released by Public Advocate Letitia James, reported that the third worst building in Queens—in terms of violations—is located at 43-15 46th Street. The building, which is a 6-story 88-unit complex, has 271 outstanding violations, according to the report. While the building is a coop, it has several renters—although the exact number is not known. The original landlord, who took the building coop about 25 years ago, rents several units, according to published reports. The violations, which have been filed with HPD, deal with water leaks, missing smoke detectors, loose bathroom tiles, mold and defective faucets. The managing agent of the building is Aras Properties, which is located in Cedarhurst. The head officer is Kevin Kane, who could not be reached for comment. Meanwhile, the landlord who runs a Woodside building has the fifth worst record in Queens, with 223 violations. The building, located at 39-30 59th Street, is a 6-story 78 unit complex. The violations include complaint about roaches, defective plastered surfaces, broken stoves, mold and missing smoke detectors. The owner of the building is Harry Silverstein. Silverstein could not be reached for comment. Click here for the Worst Landlord List Click here to look up the violations in any building
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Application period for Hunters Point South has begun
Hunters Point South building Oct. 15, By Christian Murray The application period for the apartments at the Hunters Point South Development in Long Island City went live today. The application forms can be filled out on line at New York Housing Connect, which requires applicants to provide details such as their income and apartment sought. Those interested have until December 15 to submit an application. There are 925 apartments up for grabs, with 186 apartments available to those applicants who fall into the “low income” bracket. To qualify as low income, an applicant seeking a studio cannot make more than $30,000—while a family seeking a 3 bedroom unit must earn less than $50,000 per year. For those who qualify for the “low income” bracket, the rents would range in price from $494 per month for a studio to as high as $959 for a three bedroom. However, the limits are significantly higher for the 738 “moderate income” apartments on offer. The maximum income permitted to be eligible for a studio is a little over $130,000, while the maximum household income for a 3 bedroom unit is about $225,000. The rents for “moderate income” earners will range from $1,561-$1997 for a studio, $1,965-2,509 for a one bedroom, $2,366-$3,300 for a 2 bedroom and $2,729-$4,346 for a three bedroom. Preference will be given to applicants who live within the Community Board 2 district, which covers Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City. affordablerents affordablehousingmoderate income
Village Voice declares Salt & Fat Sunnyside’s best restaurant
saltfat-350x263 Oct 15, Staff Report The Village Voice has just named Salt & Fat as the best restaurant in Sunnyside. The write up starts as follows: "Salt & Fat looks like it could be in Brooklyn — reclaimed wood for the storefront sign, artfully arranged small plates that feature New American decadence — but owner Daniel Yi is a local boy. Born in Seoul and raised in Sunnyside, Yi has crafted a nation-hopping menu that reflects the area's diversity. A meal begins with a complimentary starter — popcorn cooked in bacon fat, as American as can be — and finishes with little bottles of Yakult, a tangy-sweet Japanese yogurt drink." For the rest of the Village Voice Article, please click here.  

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