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July 12, 2017

Helen Ho of Recycle a Bicycle, NYC

Eleanor's NYC's profile of Helen Shirley Ho of recycle-a-bicycle, New York.

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June 13, 2017

Citibike comes to Astoria with Long Island City expansion

Citibike plan for Astoria and Long Island City, 2017.

March 19, 2017

Long Island Upzoning encore

In 2001, the city rezoned the Queens Plaza/Court Square district in an attempt to turn the area into a vibrant business district. The city provided developers with the ability to build huge buildings. The rezoning did not restrict developers as to what type of building went up, therefore opening the door to luxury residential towers.

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Since the rezoning, 13,000 units of housing have gone up or are in the process of going up, with only 5 percent of them--or 650 units--affordable, said City Planner Penny Lee at the meeting.

Meanwhile, City Planning's 2001 goal of adding 6 million square feet in office space has fallen well short. To date only 2 million square feet of office space has been constructed or is in the process of being constructed. The lack of office space has pushed commercial rents higher, putting pressure on small businesses.

March 11, 2016

Trulia maps for choosing a neighborhood

Educated yet ? Via trulia.com/local/.

Northern Queens, how good it is ? Flushing, East Flushing, Murray Hill, Auburndale, Oakland Gardens ?

November 24, 2015

Peregrinations

Whereas Ms. Smith's haunting 2010 memoir, "Just Kids," centered on her early years in New York in the late 1960s and '70s and her friendship with Mr. Mapplethorpe, this volume is more peripatetic, chronicling her peregrinations around the world and into the recesses of her imagination, though always returning to her home base in Manhattan. Its unities are not of time and place, but the landscape of Ms. Smith's own mind -- her dreams, her memories, her preoccupation with certain artists (Jean Genet, William S. Burroughs, Sylvia Plath), books ("The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle," "After Nature," "2666") and television shows ("The Killing," "Law & Order," "CSI: Miami").

More in words.


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January 22, 2015

Train to Planes, Cuomo to Laguardia LGA JFK NYC

For: van shnookenraggen.

Against: the transport politic

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May 14, 2014

The very best of Queens: queens.brownstoner

Not just real estate, but mostly real estate: queens.brownstoner.

November 19, 2010

Flushing 0, Secaucus 1


The Flushing station is a grimy, crowded subway stop that has been around for about 70 years and handles an average of 57,753 trips through its turnstiles every weekday in an exercise that closely resembles a subterranean running of the bulls, but performed on stairways.

Secaucus Junction, which saw about 19,360 trips each weekday this spring, is a young station, less than 10 years old, that can best be characterized as civilized. It has a soaring central atrium that floods the sand-colored terminal with natural light. Its official name is the Frank R. Lautenberg Rail Station at Secaucus Junction, named for the longtime Democratic senator who was the station's patron and whose name is emblazoned in enormous lettering inside and outside.

The station is a main transfer point for several New Jersey Transit lines, with trains from throughout the state feeding passengers into Manhattan.

Still, during the morning rush, there is plenty of room to spread out, trot for a coming train or even sit on one of the wooden benches that surround a giant, shimmering sculpture of a cattail made of steel and glass.

Even the bathrooms are clean.

Real estate interests like the plan.

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October 10, 2010

Auburndale, Queens neighborhood of tutor homes


But ask many residents, especially if they've lived here for decades, and a consensus emerges that Auburndale is roughly bounded by 162nd Street, 48th Avenue, Francis Lewis Boulevard and 32nd Avenue.

South of the tracks, the homes tend to be slightly more modest, with ranches and some chain-link-fenced yards, but also capacious Dutch colonials.

North of the tracks, in the more affluent area also known as Broadway-Flushing or Flushing North, Queens, sizable center-hall colonials and porticoed Mediterreans vie for space among the Tudors. This is particularly true on and near 35th Avenue, where the homes draw attention because they often sit on lots higher than the sidewalks.

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October 9, 2010

Sweetleaf Coffee LIC


Sweet Leaf Coffee, Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, Queens, NY.

Review by NYT and by GrubStreet.

As good as Stumptown or Caffe del Doge ?

July 21, 2010

Beijing edition of Queens' Crap.


Instead, they seize property in parts of the city they deem "unhygienic and unsafe," rezone much of it as commercial property and sell it for huge profits. The concession to history often consists of a few new buildings with upturned eaves and garishly painted timber slapped on concrete facades.

Aarguments have had limited impact on this redevelopment-crazed city. In recent years, two-thirds of Beijing's 3,000 narrow lanes, known as hutongs, have been subsumed by mega-developments, many of them in neighborhoods that were officially designated preservation zones.

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May 12, 2010

Our clientele is in school, going back to school, first job, second job, and not from New York


For instance Jakobson Properties, which manages some 2,000 apartments in about 30 buildings in Manhattan and Queens, offers what it describes as middle- and upper-middle-income housing. Peter Jakobson Jr., a principal, said, "Our clientele is in school, going back to school, first job, second job, and not from New York."

He says that Jakobson leases most of its apartments through its Greenwich Village office and its Web site, nofeerentals.com, but that brokers bring in about 35 percent of its business. Ms. Schwartz said, however, that some management companies work exclusively through brokers.

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October 1, 2007

Queens West / Long Island City grows up

Is Queens West / Long Island City becoming a real neighborhood ?
From Vernon Avenue west to the waterfront, maybe.

Also, an Amish Market is coming to East Coast Phase 2 rental
building at Center Boulevard and 47th Avenue.


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June 20, 2007

Long Island City NYC / Eric Benaim

LongIslandCityNYC local boosterism by Eric Benaim.

March 26, 2007

Busses for the poor

I considered taking the Long Island Rail Road,
but I can’t afford it, and I don’t have a car.

-- Sheryl McKenzie, who lives in Manhattan and commutes
to a nonprofit company in Hempstead.

March 15, 2007

Queens street numbers, house numbers

Signs Indicate Queens, NY Street Numbers and House Numbers.

In order that a house number may be of greatest value in indicating
the location of its premises, the number is divided into two parts,
separated by a dash, in which the first part of the number is the
same as that of the nearest cross street or avenue, intersecting
the avenue or street to the west or north, and the second part of
the number represents the distance, as expressed in lot intervals,
between such corner and the house, a number being assigned
for each 20-foot space.

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March 11, 2007

LIC Alliance

Long Island City Alliance on LIC development
and LIC and Astoria life.

March 10, 2007

Queens' Crap

QueensCrap:

Curbed on over development,
Infill slums vs Broadway Flushing Auburndale area
(the "privileged" community far to the east of downtown).

Immigrant storage (57th Avenue, east of Van Horn Street in Elmhurst).

Flushing is starting to to look worse than a scene from Blade Runner.

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October 4, 2006

Street Easy follows LIC Queens condos

StreetEasy monitors real estate markets; example: Long Island City, Queens.

September 2, 2006

Arris Lofts LIC $650 per square foot

Arris Lofts (Eagle Electric Company hq) 865 sf studio listed for $515K -- Queenswest.

Riverview in Astoria (Eagle Electric Company factory on 21st Street ) is cheaper ?

Arris Lofts reports they have 100 contracts currently out for review,
16 of which were issued today alone. A waiting list of 4,200 potential
buyers was amassed in the months before the sales office opened.

-- RealGotham.

August 29, 2006

New York channel

The Coruscation New York channel:
NY, Queens", CT, NJ, VT.

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old old NY Wiki 2003 January - 2004 January.

August 28, 2006

Echelon in Long Island City

Echelon LIC; hype at the developers group. Subway adverts.

Update: picture gallery from LICNYC.

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August 16, 2006

NY water Taxi

nywatertaxi connects lower Manhattan across the East River
* Queens Hunters' Point to Midtown
* Brooklyn Williamsburg, Fulton Ferry, Red Hook to Battery Park
and
across the Hudson to NJ.
* World Finacial Center to Jersey City, NJ.

August 3, 2006

LIRR in LIC

Long Island City has two Long Island Railroad stations.

Manhattan --- LIC --- Hunter's Point --- Jamaica ---

Hunters' Point Station: AirFoto
on 49 Ave between 21st Street and Skillman Ave,
Long Island City, NY 11101

Long Island City station: AirFoto
on Borden Ave, between 2nd Street and 5th Street.
Long Island City, NY 11101

StaphHangers weigh in.