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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  64. Robert Stillman

    Nice post and great comments. It is always nice to see this much interaction. I just want to suggest, if you have been looking for Sunnyside, Queens apartments for rent, visit the Kings Queens Apts site. There you'll find several properties in a range of prices, with different apartment configurations, in various neighborhoods making it possible to find something you really like. Give it a shot.

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Katz began advocating for developing the yards in September, when she announced that they have the “potential for extraordinary development.”

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Feb. 26, By Michael Florio

Two thousand participants—and countless spectators—are not enough to sway the MTA to keep the No. 7 train running this Sunday for the ‘St Pats for All’ parade.

The MTA is doing track work this weekend and the No. 7 train will not be operating between Times Square-42nd Street and 74th Street, from 12:30 AM Saturday through 4:30 AM Mon.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and parade organizers have been calling on the MTA to postpone the work and to keep to its regular weekend schedule.

The MTA, however, claims that the parade doesn’t draw enough riders for it to postpone its track work.

“We looked at ridership during the parade from the past few years and it does not draw enough to warrant postponing the work,” Kevin Ortiz, an MTA spokesman, said.

Brendan Fay and Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy, co-chairs of the parade, were very disappointed with the MTA’s decision since many participants rely on the 7-train to get to the event.

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Walsh D’Arcy said that it might reduce the number of attendees. Nevertheless, “I think most people will find other ways to the parade,” she said. “But it will be an inconvenience and costly.”

Van Bramer was clearly upset with the MTA.

“I’ve asked the MTA to suspend their work this weekend and allow the thousands who want to participate in this very important event to do so,” Van Bramer told NY1 Wednesday. “And they’ve said ‘No.’”

“They [the MTA] have made exceptions for other parades and culture events–it makes no sense. The MTA consistently fails the people of Western Queens.”

However, Ortiz said the Lunar parade generates ridership that the St. Pat’s for All parade simply cannot match.

“The Lunar parade brings ridership in the thousands and this parade is a couple of hundred,” he said.

Ortiz said parade goers can use alternative routes such as the Q32 and Q60 bus to the start of the parade. They can also take the R-train to 46th Street and jump on the Q104 bus.

Fay said that several participants have told him they plan on taking the LIRR to 61st Street, while others will take shuttle buses.

Walsh D’Arcy said she thinks many people will now drive, taking up a lot of neighborhood parking spaces.

Details

Parade Date: Sunday, March 1

Time: Speeches at 1pm; parade starts at 2pm

Starts: Corner of 43rd Street/Skillman Avenue

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Maggie Mae’s reopens today after extensive upgrade

Maggie-Maes1Feb. 26, By Christian Murray

Maggie Mae’s, the well known bar located at 41-15 Queens Blvd, reopens at 5:00 pm today after being closed for renovations for nearly a month.

The bar closed for construction on Feb. 1, and its owners have rebuilt much of the interior with 1800s reclaimed wood.

New floors have been put down. A new bar has been built, alongside new timber seats and tables.

“I just came in as an owner /partner last month and felt it was time for a revamp and I like the rustic look,” said James Moore, the former manager at Maggie Mae’s who now co-owns it with Sean Sorohan. “The neighborhood is also changing–there are a lot of new people coming to the area.”

The renovation is still not 100 percent complete but Moore said he is ready to reopen.

 

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New CB2 chair to roll out updated website, will provide access to public documents

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Feb. 25, By Christian Murray

Community Board 2 is in the midst of overhauling its website, as it aims provide residents with greater access to public documents.

The updated website will be much more comprehensive and is expected to be ready by spring. The public will have access to documents that deal with land use matters among others.

Pat O’Brien, the newly elected Community Board chair, said that he intends to upload as many documents as possible so the public is better informed.

“Any document that is public, we aim to put it out there,” O’Brien said. “I want people to know the facts so we can have a more informed discussion.”

He said that he plans to upload older documents in order to build archives. However, he said that will take time and resources are limited.

The board plans to create a Facebook page later this year that will be used to inform people of public meetings and events.

O’Brien said that his first priority, however, is getting the site ready.

 

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Precinct unites lost dog with owner through Twitter

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Feb. 24, By Michael Florio

The 108 Precinct was introduced to Twitter late last year– and today it was the tool that was used to unite a lost dog with its owner.

This morning officers found a dog–named Snowy– near Queens Boulevard and 46th Street and used twitter to track down the owner.
“#lostdog found around QB & 46thst this morning around 7 am help us find the owner,” the tweet said, along with the photo of the dog.

Five hours later the 108 Precinct took to Twitter and noted that it had reunited Snowy with its owner thanks to its Twitter followers.

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Poll: Residents may face hefty toll to use Queensboro Bridge, along with others

QueensboroFeb. 23, By Michael Florio

A proposed plan that would charge commuters a toll for using the Queensboro bridge—and three other New York City bridges–was put forward last week by an advocacy group that includes the former NYC traffic commissioner.

MoveNY, a group comprised of traffic experts, research planners and eco-friendly non-profit firms, claims the tolls would lower traffic congestion and raise funds for the MTA.

Under the proposal, workers who commute to Manhattan via the Queensboro Bridge each day would have to pay about $60 a week.

The tolls would also be placed on the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges.

The toll on these four bridges would cost $5.54 each way if paid by E-ZPass and $8 each way for other drivers.

There wouldn’t be a toll booth. Instead there would be a sensor that would charge E-ZPass drivers as they go over the bridge. For those without E-ZPass, a camera would take a photo of people’s license plates and they would receive a bill in the mail, according to Bart Robbett, Communications Advisor with MoveNY.

The tolls on other MTA bridges—such as the Triborough and Whitestone– would be lowered $2.50 each way.

However, there are benefits for having a toll on the Queensboro Bridge for western Queens residents, Robbett said.

For one, there would be fewer vehicles exiting the Grand Central Parkway and driving through residential neighborhoods to get to the bridge.

“There would be fewer people going out of their way to get on the free bridge,” Robbett said. “These people are causing problems for [Western Queens] neighborhoods, by adding to the traffic.”

“There would be less traffic at places such as Queens Plaza,” he said, where people start jockeying for position to get over the bridge.

“They will have to pay, but they will see benefits,” he said.

Samuel Schwartz, a former New York City Traffic Commissioner, developed the proposal after his research found that the streets near the free bridges were congested. The bridges with tolls, he found, had far less congestion.

In addition to easing traffic congestion, MoveNY claims the new plan would generate $1.5 billion in revenue per year, which would go toward maintaining, expanding and modernizing the transit system and improving city bridges and roads.

“I know we can do better — better with traffic flow, reducing traffic crashes and fatalities, and being fairer to drivers [who use other MTA bridges], especially in the outer parts of the city,” Schwartz said.

State legislators would have to pass the proposal, since the state oversees the MTA.

 

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Sunnyside graffiti vandal blankets neighborhood with tag
43rd Avenue, 43rd Street

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Feb. 23, By Christian Murray

A graffiti vandal has been targeting the walls of Sunnyside spraying his tag SBR all over stores on 42nd Street, 43rd Street and 44th Street.

The police are following up on it; Sunnyside Shines has been struggling to clean it; and Jimmy Van Bramer’s office has been brought into the loop.

The likely perpetrator of these tags goes under fictitious Facebook handle Esayebeare Bereal, where he showcases some of his work. Despite his false name, he has many friends who follow his posts.

The owner of an establishment on 43rd Street described the graffiti as “childish and ridiculous.”

“I don’t know what people get out of it? Some sort of high,” he said, without giving his name out of concern that his store might get tagged next. “I don’t know whether writing an article about him will encourage him, stop him or even help lead to his arrest,” the owner said.

Esayebeare Bereal engaged in a Facebook chat with the Sunnyside Post last week (see full transcript below), where he admitted to doing it and said he does it to be famous. He said that he was raised in Sunnyside and admitted to tagging under the name SBR, which is not affiliated with a street gang or group. He was not prepared to be interviewed over the phone out of fear that he would get “locked up.”

He targets 42nd and 43rd Street, he said, since he knows people who live there.

However, in the messages, he said that he is thinking about easing up on 43rd Street.

“I’m done with 43rd street to many yuppies complaining about sunnyside. But they wasn”t here when it was a bad neighorhood.”

However, his work has annoyed many, including Sunnyside Shines.

“It is frustrating that one individual is so intent on destroying small business property in our neighborhood,” said Rachel Thieme, the director of Sunnyside Shines.

“We’re very much aware of the graffiti situation in Sunnyside right now, and are coordinating closely with Council Member Van Bramer’s office and the 108th Precinct, as well as our graffiti removal vendor to ensure graffiti is removed as soon as possible.”

The freezing weather, however, has slowed down efforts to clean up the graffiti, Thieme said.

Nevertheless, when Sunnyside Shines was able to clean off the graffiti outside Café Bene (42nd and Queens Blvd) recently, Esayebeare Bereal struck back again days later.

Esayebeare Bereal argues that he is capable of doing quality artwork but is fearful of getting caught by the police and said that paint is expensive.

Most don’t appreciate his graffiti in any form– viewing it as nothing more than vandalism.

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NYP: DeBlasio plows ahead with Sunnyside Yards plan

PRR-Sunnyside-Yard_viewW-1955_ArtHunekeFeb. 21, NY Post

Mayor Bill de Blasio is moving ahead with the plan to develop the Sunnyside rail yards, according to the New York Post.

On Friday — 17 days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the yards were off-limits — the city’s Economic Development Corporation issued a public notice seeking a yearlong feasibility study of the nearly 200-acre site.

De Blasio proposed building 11,250 units of affordable apartments over the rail yards as a major initiative in his State of the City speech — only to be shot down within hours by Cuomo, who insisted the MTA needs the property for other uses.

“It is not available for any other use in the near term,” Cuomo said in a statement immediately after de Blasio’s State of the City Speech.

But the mayor on Friday said it’s full speed ahead.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to deliver on our vision of a more affordable city and smart development that responds to the needs of surrounding neighborhoods,” he said, calling the pending study only a “first step.”

City Hall officials said the study will focus on the 113 acres owned by Amtrak — which is cooperating with the city — and another 44 acres where the land is owned by the MTA but the air rights belong to the city

For the full story, please click here

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Poll: Residents may face hefty toll to use Queensboro Bridge, along with others
QueensboroFeb. 23, By Michael Florio A proposed plan that would charge commuters a toll for using the Queensboro bridge—and three other New York City bridges--was put forward last week by an advocacy group that includes the former NYC traffic commissioner. MoveNY, a group comprised of traffic experts, research planners and eco-friendly non-profit firms, claims the tolls would lower traffic congestion and raise funds for the MTA. Under the proposal, workers who commute to Manhattan via the Queensboro Bridge each day would have to pay about $60 a week. The tolls would also be placed on the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges. The toll on these four bridges would cost $5.54 each way if paid by E-ZPass and $8 each way for other drivers. There wouldn’t be a toll booth. Instead there would be a sensor that would charge E-ZPass drivers as they go over the bridge. For those without E-ZPass, a camera would take a photo of people’s license plates and they would receive a bill in the mail, according to Bart Robbett, Communications Advisor with MoveNY. The tolls on other MTA bridges—such as the Triborough and Whitestone-- would be lowered $2.50 each way. However, there are benefits for having a toll on the Queensboro Bridge for western Queens residents, Robbett said. For one, there would be fewer vehicles exiting the Grand Central Parkway and driving through residential neighborhoods to get to the bridge. “There would be fewer people going out of their way to get on the free bridge,” Robbett said. “These people are causing problems for [Western Queens] neighborhoods, by adding to the traffic.” “There would be less traffic at places such as Queens Plaza,” he said, where people start jockeying for position to get over the bridge. “They will have to pay, but they will see benefits,” he said. Samuel Schwartz, a former New York City Traffic Commissioner, developed the proposal after his research found that the streets near the free bridges were congested. The bridges with tolls, he found, had far less congestion. In addition to easing traffic congestion, MoveNY claims the new plan would generate $1.5 billion in revenue per year, which would go toward maintaining, expanding and modernizing the transit system and improving city bridges and roads. “I know we can do better — better with traffic flow, reducing traffic crashes and fatalities, and being fairer to drivers [who use other MTA bridges], especially in the outer parts of the city,” Schwartz said. State legislators would have to pass the proposal, since the state oversees the MTA.  
Sunnyside graffiti vandal blankets neighborhood with tag
43rd Avenue, 43rd Street

43rd Avenue, 43rd Street

Feb. 23, By Christian Murray A graffiti vandal has been targeting the walls of Sunnyside spraying his tag SBR all over stores on 42nd Street, 43rd Street and 44th Street. The police are following up on it; Sunnyside Shines has been struggling to clean it; and Jimmy Van Bramer’s office has been brought into the loop. The likely perpetrator of these tags goes under fictitious Facebook handle Esayebeare Bereal, where he showcases some of his work. Despite his false name, he has many friends who follow his posts. The owner of an establishment on 43rd Street described the graffiti as "childish and ridiculous." “I don’t know what people get out of it? Some sort of high,” he said, without giving his name out of concern that his store might get tagged next. “I don’t know whether writing an article about him will encourage him, stop him or even help lead to his arrest,” the owner said. Esayebeare Bereal engaged in a Facebook chat with the Sunnyside Post last week (see full transcript below), where he admitted to doing it and said he does it to be famous. He said that he was raised in Sunnyside and admitted to tagging under the name SBR, which is not affiliated with a street gang or group. He was not prepared to be interviewed over the phone out of fear that he would get "locked up." He targets 42nd and 43rd Street, he said, since he knows people who live there. However, in the messages, he said that he is thinking about easing up on 43rd Street. "I'm done with 43rd street to many yuppies complaining about sunnyside. But they wasn"t here when it was a bad neighorhood." However, his work has annoyed many, including Sunnyside Shines. “It is frustrating that one individual is so intent on destroying small business property in our neighborhood,” said Rachel Thieme, the director of Sunnyside Shines. “We’re very much aware of the graffiti situation in Sunnyside right now, and are coordinating closely with Council Member Van Bramer’s office and the 108th Precinct, as well as our graffiti removal vendor to ensure graffiti is removed as soon as possible.” The freezing weather, however, has slowed down efforts to clean up the graffiti, Thieme said. Nevertheless, when Sunnyside Shines was able to clean off the graffiti outside Café Bene (42nd and Queens Blvd) recently, Esayebeare Bereal struck back again days later. Esayebeare Bereal argues that he is capable of doing quality artwork but is fearful of getting caught by the police and said that paint is expensive. Most don’t appreciate his graffiti in any form-- viewing it as nothing more than vandalism. .

Transcript of Facebook chat by sunnysidepost

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NYP: DeBlasio plows ahead with Sunnyside Yards plan
PRR-Sunnyside-Yard_viewW-1955_ArtHunekeFeb. 21, NY Post Mayor Bill de Blasio is moving ahead with the plan to develop the Sunnyside rail yards, according to the New York Post. On Friday — 17 days after Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the yards were off-limits — the city’s Economic Development Corporation issued a public notice seeking a yearlong feasibility study of the nearly 200-acre site. De Blasio proposed building 11,250 units of affordable apartments over the rail yards as a major initiative in his State of the City speech — only to be shot down within hours by Cuomo, who insisted the MTA needs the property for other uses. “It is not available for any other use in the near term,” Cuomo said in a statement immediately after de Blasio's State of the City Speech. But the mayor on Friday said it’s full speed ahead. “This is a tremendous opportunity to deliver on our vision of a more affordable city and smart development that responds to the needs of surrounding neighborhoods,” he said, calling the pending study only a “first step.” City Hall officials said the study will focus on the 113 acres owned by Amtrak — which is cooperating with the city — and another 44 acres where the land is owned by the MTA but the air rights belong to the city For the full story, please click here
Maggie Mae’s is undergoing a big makeover
Maggie-Maes1Feb. 20, By Christian Murray Maggie Mae’s, a well known bar located at 41-15 Queens Blvd, is undergoing a major revamp. The interior is being rebuilt from top to bottom with 1800s reclaimed wood from Pennsylvania. New floors are being put down. A new bar has been built, alongside new timber seats and tables. The bar closed for construction the day after the Super Bowl (Feb. 1) and its owners are planning on reopening it on Feb. 28. “I just came in as an owner /partner last month and felt it was time for a revamp and I like the rustic look,” said James Moore, the former manager at Maggie Mae's who now co-owns it with Sean Sorohan. “The neighborhood is also changing--there are a lot of new people coming to the area.” One of the walls has been removed and now the red brick that was behind it is exposed. Meanwhile, the popcorn ceiling is gone, and the old timber beams show through. The pool table and the duke box are gone for good. The games of beer pong will be no longer. And there will be just three TVs. The owners are also putting in a kitchen, which will begin serving food this summer. The menu is not expected to be extensive but items such as burgers, fish and chips will be served. This summer, the outside and front-door entrance will change significantly. There will be floor to ceiling windows and a whole new exterior sign. In the interim, the sign will change and the outside will be painted a different color. Moore said that the bar will have 18 beer lines when it reopens, with several craft beer options. Maggie Mae’s is also upgrading its large downstairs area that is typically used for parties. That space too is being rebuilt with 1800s reclaimed wood.
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Aluminaire House is wanted: Mayor of Palm Springs plans to bring it there
Aluminaire-HouseFeb. 19, By Christian Murray Sunnyside’s trash is about to become another city’s treasure. The 1931 Aluminaire House, which was going to be erected on the corner of 39th Avenue and 50th Street, is being transported to Palm Springs. The mayor of Palm Springs is a big supporter of relocating it there and has started a fundraising drive in order to do so, according to The Desert Sun. The structure appeared headed to Sunnyside Gardens, where architects in 2013 planned to build eight residential units behind the aluminum house on the former Phipps playground. The house was designed in 1931 and is deemed to be of architectural significance. It was designed to explore how materials like aluminum could be used to build low-cost housing. However, Sunnyside residents rejected the plan—and the house--and believed that the showpiece was out of character with the existing red-brick homes in the landmarked neighborhood. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, at the landmarks hearing that decided whether it could go up in the neighborhood, said that more than 350 people had contacted his office in opposition to the proposal, with only five voicing their support. State Sen. Mike Gianaris, at the same meeting, said: “I’ve been in public service for 13 years and I have seen community boards discuss all sort of things…but I have not seen such uniform opposition as with this project.” The Landmarks Commission rejected the plan in January 2014. However, the aluminum structure is very much wanted in Palm Springs. The Mayor of Palm Springs has raised $200,000 of the $600,000 needed to bring it there in just one month. The funds are needed to be transported the home, which is in a crate, and reassemble it. At a recent $250 per-person fundraiser to bring the structure to Palm Springs, the mayor of that city reportedly said: “If you have a product, that is an incredible product, people want to be a part of it. Hopefully, a year from now, we'll be having one heck of a party in downtown Palm Springs."  
Sunnyside gears up to celebrate ‘St Pat’s for All’
St Pats Feb. 18, By Christian Murray The 16th annual Sunnyside/Woodside 'St. Pat’s for All' parade is scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 1—and will feature puppets, stilt walkers and plenty of Irish music. The St. Pat’s For All parade is arguably this neighborhood’s most popular event. When it began 16 years ago, it was largely a gay-pride parade – organized by a number of Irish men and women who were not allowed to march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade on Fifth Ave under a gay banner. Today, the Sunnyside/Woodside parade draws plenty of seniors, children, minorities, to even the local dog group--Sunnyside United Dog Society. “We are the opening act for all the parades around the city that celebrate the fun and festivities of Ireland,” said Brendan Fay, a gay Irishman and co-chair of the event. The event, he said, always takes place on the first Sunday in March. Fay said he is expecting more than 2,000 people to participate this year. However, there could be more. He said that there is still time for community groups to sign up and that those interested just need to go to the St Pat’s for All website and register. The event this year will begin at Skillman Avenue and 43rd Street and will end at 56th and Skillman. Music and speeches will begin at 1 pm, with the parade kicking off at 2pm. The parade will feature many of the same groups that have been coming for years—such as the Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance, the Shannon Gaels Gaelic Football Club, the girl scouts, Swim Strong, The Red Cross, and Sunnyside Community Services. This year, five marching bands have already signed up as well as several Irish musicians. Several well-known gay groups, such as Dignity NY, Lavender and Green Alliance (an Irish LGBT group), Stonewall Democrats of NYC and the Queens Lesbian & Gay Pride Committee are expected to march. This year’s parade comes at a time when the Fifth Avenue parade is allowing one gay group to march-- under the banner of the gay NBCUniversal employees. However, none of the Irish gay groups are permitted to march and gay activists will be protesting the event again this year. Fay, however, said that the Sunnyside-Woodside event would carry on even if gay groups were allowed to participate in the Fifth Avenue parade. “When it was announced that one gay group was allowed, I was asked what would happen to the our parade if it [the Fifth Avenue parade] were open to all gay groups,” Fay said. He said the Sunnyside/Woodside event would continue. Fay said that the parade is no longer a gay event but a community event, where all sorts of groups participate. “This parade is special,” Fay said. “Sunnyside and Woodside have increasingly embraced the parade as their own– and different groups continue to want to participate.” He said local businesses—such as bars and restaurants--have got behind the event. Ten bars and restaurants known as Sunnyside's Boulevard Bars are hosting a joint Irish music festival, where Irish bands will play at their respective pubs after the parade. Meanwhile, several bars/restaurants on Skillman Avenue are expected to be offering specials. For Kathleen Walsh D'Arcy, the other co-chair of the event, the parade is also about embracing immigrant groups and other cultures. There will be groups representing Turkey, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Romania—and several Jackson-Heights-based Muslim centers, D'Arcy said. This year’s two grand marshals are Kerry Kennedy, who is the president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and Brian F. O’Byrne, a well-known Broadway and movie actor. Fay said that the St. Pat’s For All parade has become a model for parades around the country—where various ethnic groups are celebrated and where there is inclusion of LGBT groups. However, the No. 7 train will not be running between Times Square and 74th Street on the weekend of the event. Fay said that they have reached out to the MTA to see whether its construction schedule can change on the day of the event. They have not heard back from the MTA. Details: Date: Sunday, March 1 Time: speeches at 1pm, parade kicks off at 2 pm Begins: Corner of Skillman Ave. and 43rd Street St-Pats    
Car crash on Queens Blvd leaves 9 people injured, 7 seriously
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Feb.14, By Christian Murray Nine people were injured following a multiple vehicle crash on the corner of Queens Boulevard and 43rd Street this morning, according to the FDNY. The crash took place at 4:03 am and seven people were taken to area hospitals in serious but stable condition. Two others were take to hospital after sustaining minor injuries, according to the FDNY. Details as to what caused the accident were not available. There were no reports that alcohol played a part in the accident.  The NYPD press office had not been notified about the crash by 10:15 am.
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New restaurant ‘Dumplings & Things’ opens Sunday
dumplings1 Feb. 13, By Christian Murray A new restaurant offering Chinese dumplings is opening on 46th Street this Sunday. Dumplings & Things, located near the Sunnyside Arch at 45-26 46th Street, will be offering five types of Chinese dumplings as well as a variety of noodles, soups, baos and rice platters (see menu). The restaurant is owned by siblings Lorraine Li and Sam Li, who have many years of experience. The family has a restaurant in Park Slope and this is their second venture. “We chose Sunnyside for its diversity and we think we can offer something new and different to the neighborhood,” said co-owner Lorraine Li. Dumplings & Things will be open seven days a week: Sundays – Thursdays from 11:30am – 10pm and Fridays – Saturdays from 11:30am – 11pm.

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Church on Skillman Avenue sells for $4 million
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Source: MLS

Feb. 12, 2014 A Sunnyside Church located at 40-05 Skillman Avenue has sold for $4 million, according to public records. Moak Yang Presbyterian Church, which moved to the location in 1992, sold the property to Elmhurst-based Eunhasu Corp. on Jan. 29 for $4 million. The property is zoned M1, which is for light industry—although offices, hotels and retail uses are permitted. Eunhasu Corp. has been very active in the real estate market in the past six months. The company bought a four story residential building in Hunters Point for $12 million in January. In October, the company sold a warehouse in Long Island City for $37 million.
De Blasio’s Sunnyside Yards plan might result in 70,000 units being built on top of tracks
sunnysideyard1 Feb. 12, By Christian Murray Seventy thousand units might need to be constructed over Sunnyside Yards if the Mayor’s plan to build 11,250 affordable units over the tracks is to be realized. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer told members of the Hunters Point Civic Association on Tuesday that 70,000 to 80,000 units might need to be built in order to attract developers to construct the affordable units. “To get to the 11,200-odd…the number of units could be as high as 70,000 to 80,000 on Sunnyside Yards,” Van Bramer said, since developers typically require market rate apartments to offset the cost of constructing affordable units. This would result in “a massive, massive development on the scale we have never seen before in western Queens that will affect Long Island City, Astoria, Sunnyside and Woodside,” he said. However, he said no plan should move forward that doesn’t address the needs of the existing residents. “We can’t fit people on the 7 train today, we don’t have enough school seats for our children today, we don’t have enough green space in western Queens today [excluding Astoria Park and the waterfront in Hunters Point],” he said. “Adding 100,000 more people to our community is staggering,” he said.”The No. 7 train will not be able to house them all,” he added. “That is crazy.” In addition to the proposed Sunnyside Yards development, the city is also proposing a rezoning of the Queens Plaza, Jackson Avenue and Northern Blvd corridor. The potential up zoning would result in a significant increase in population-- as the zoning change would most likely make way for bigger buildings since the city will be mandating affordable units. Van Bramer, who represents 160,000 constituents, told the group: “I won’t go along with any plan that hurts our community. You know me I was born and raised here. I have your back and nothing is going to happen without involving everyone in this room.” Brent O’Leary, the president of the Hunters Point Civic Association who is also legal compliance counsel at Bloomberg LP, said after the meeting that he was not surprised by Van Bramer’s 70,000-unit projection for Sunnyside Yards. “The city will get a developer to build them and manage them [the affordable units]—and in return the developer will want to build as many market rate units as possible.” He said his group is opposed building on the Yards, calling for more green space. “We don’t have the infrastructure we need as it is.”
Winners of Hunters Point South lottery are starting to be notified
Hunters Point South building Feb. 11, By Christian Murray Some of the winners of the Hunters Point South affordable housing lottery have been notified and have been called in for an interview, according to the New York Housing Preservation & Development. HPD said that the tenant selection process is well on its way and that interview letters will be distributed in rounds until all the units are filled. More than 92,000 people applied for the 924 affordable affordable apartments on offer. The units are in two buildings--one at 1-50 50th Ave.; and the other at 1-55 Borden Ave. The building located at 1-50 50th Avenue will be a 37-story complex comprised of 619 permanently affordable units, 13,750 square feet of retail space, and a parking garage with approximately 220 spaces. The 1-55 Borden Ave. building will be 32-stories high comprised of 306 permanently affordable units and approximately 3,000 square feet of retail space. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer told members of the Hunters Point Civic Association last night that some of the Hunters Point South lottery winners had been notified. He said that he had received a call from a lottery winner earlier this week who said that she had been called in for an interview. The notification period is expected to last for a number of months.

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