Last year at this time, the quest for the landmarking of our Daniel Muller-carved carousel was attained.
The Forest Park Carousel is truly “the Jewel of Forest Park.” In the years that followed of closing and disrepair in the 1980s, the Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation continued to gain support for landmarking through many years. In this way, our “jewel” would never be closed or neglected and funds could be accessed for its maintenance, security and care and with this protection our beloved carousel will be saved once and for all!
Like much of New York City, Sunnyside is hard to define.
There are many moving parts to the neighborhood that come together and create an altogether unique place to live.
Work has begun on the RKO Keith’s Theatre in Flushing to shore up and protect the landmarked areas of the former movie palace.
Jerry Karlik, who heads JK Equities, the developer who bought the site last December, told the Chronicle on Monday that he had been cleared by the city Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Department of Buildings to obtain a permit for “soft demolition.”
(An open letter to VFW-American Legion veterans)
In 1942 a movie house designed by Thomas Lamb, America’s foremost theater architect, was constructed on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills. At the same time, in the Pacific Ocean, a historic naval battled called the Battle of Midway (June 3-6) resulted in the first major defeat of Japanese naval forces. This American victory checked Japan’s advance across the Central Pacific, eliminated the threat to Hawaii and restored the balance of naval power in the Pacific.
The news of this heroic naval victory electrified the spirit of war-weary America. The owners of this new theater were so proud, they displayed their patriotism by naming their theater Midway.
It is now feared that the current owners (three real estate investors) will demolish the building for a possible high-rise structure. The Rego Forest Preservation Council and the Queens Preservation Council appealed to the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to declare the Midway a New York City landmark. However, their appeal was denied.
This concerned writer is urging all veterans to write to the commission and urge their members to reconsider their decision. Letters should be sent to: Chairman Robert B. Tierney, New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, 1 Centre St., (9th floor north), NY, NY 10007.
We should not lose the historical association and architectural significance of this treasure.
The city landmarked former Sohmer & Co. piano factory in Astoria is under consideration by the Department of the Interior for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.
The submission was made earlier in the month by the state for the 128-year- old former factory at 31-01 Vernon Blvd., which has been converted to residential lofts.
The 38 neo-Tudor homes within the confines of Forest Hills known as Forest Close has been chosen by the Historic Districts Council as one of 2014’s “Six to Celebrate” locations in the city.
A yearly contest, the HDC selected Forest Close, located along 75th and 76th avenues between Queens Boulevard and Austin Street, along with five other city neighborhoods out of approximately two dozen nominations.
The residents of Sunnyside Gardens won a major battle over the Aluminaire House on Tuesday.
The Landmarks Preservation Commission unanimously rejected the proposal that would have moved the house into the historic neighborhood, against the wishes of many of the residents and elected officials.
A burial ground discovered during the construction of a new apartment complex in Elmhurst has entered its fourth year of causing frustration and uncertainty among city agencies and the building’s owner.
In 2011, graves containing human remains were unearthed during the excavation process for a 32-unit apartment complex at 90-05 through 90-19 Corona Ave. in Elmhurst.
The Forest Park Carousel, which was shuttered for three years until 2012, was given landmark status by the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission in June.
If it has wheels, it made headlines.
Issues involving bicycles, illegal motor scooters, out-of-control SUVs, striking school bus drivers and pungent trash trains all made their way onto the Chronicle’s pages in 2013.
From the perspective of many north and northeast Queens residents, 2013 was a good year for developers and not so great for the average citizen, who had to put up with increased airplane noise, overcrowded schools and more from College Point to Little Neck.
Like any year, 2013 brought many changes, but the overriding story here is Flushing Meadows Park, which has been bombarded on all fronts with some unpopular projects as the New York State Pavilion from the 1964 World’s Fair continues to suffer from neglect.
The ongoing recovery from 2012’s Hurricane Sandy dominated life in South Queens for most of 2013 and was a factor in many other big stories, from the future of the abandoned Rockaway Beach LIRR line to the election battle between Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and his Democratic opponent Lew Simon.
But South Queens also dealt with a wide array of other issues in 2013, from crime at Forest Park to internal strife on Community Board 9.
The stepchild of movie theaters — the RKO Keith’s in downtown Flushing — has been sold again with the new owner promising to follow plans for rental units, retail space and a senior center.
The Northern Boulevard property is now in the hands of JK Equities, a New York developer, who paid $30 million. He bought it from Patrick Thompson, who paid $20 million when he purchased it in 2010.
The fate of graffiti mecca 5Pointz has been up in the air for weeks after 17 artists filed a lawsuit to block Jerry Wolkoff — owner of the building — from razing it.
The paint-spattered building, which has drawn thousands of art fans to Long Island City, is up for demolition with a large, mixed-use development set to be put in its place.
Three years after the attraction was shuttered behind a fence with an uncertain and shaky future, the Forest Park Carousel is now a busy city landmark.
The city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission gave its approval to the landmarking of the 110-year-old merry-go-round in June and the City Council later certified its status.
During its monthly meeting on Monday night, Community Board 7, in two separate overwhelming votes, approved proposals for the construction of a visitor center at Flushing’s historic Bowne House and the co-naming of a street to honor a local family.
Julie Nymann, deputy director of Architecture Capital Projects for the Parks Department, made a PowerPoint presentation detailing the proposed design for the new visitor center on the Bowne House property, which she said serves as a “reminder of the nation’s religious history.”
The efforts to get the Maspeth Firehouse designated as a landmark now have even more community support.
On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 first responders from the home of FDNY’s Squad 288 and Hazardous Materials Company 1, perished at the World Trade Center, more than any other firehouse in the city. Steve Fisher of Middle Village and his sister Maxine Fisher wish to memorialize both the firehouse’s place in the city’s history and the building’s centennial next year, but were recently turned down by the Landmarks Preservation Commission because of a legal benchmark.
Sunnyside Gardens residents came out in full force to urge the Landmarks Preservation Commission to vote against a proposal to place a historic aluminum house in their neighborhood and build eight residential units on the remaining space. The hearing was held on the ninth floor of the Manhattan Municipal Building at 1 Centre Street, near City Hall.
The all-brick community of Sunnyside Gardens received landmark designation in 2007, which means that homeowners cannot change the facades of their homes, build fences, or compromise the continuity of the existing architecture.
Members of Community Board 2, which represents Long Island City and Sunnyside, spoke loudly against a proposal to bring a modern yet historic aluminum house to the all-brick neighborhood of Sunnyside Gardens.
Since CB 2 is an advisory board, the 22-1 opposition vote isn’t the definitive word, but does get presented to the city Landmarks Preservation Commission, which reviews all changes to landmarked neighborhoods such as Sunnyside Gardens, and will vote Oct. 15.
Richmond Hill may give Democrats 60 to 70 percent of the vote in a typical election nowadays, but at one time, the neighborhood had a definite Republican leaning. The Grand Old Party’s past strength in local politics is represented by the century-old building that sits among the more-modern taller buildings near the confluence of Lefferts Boulevard and Myrtle and Jamaica avenues.
The Richmond Hill Republican Club at 86-15 Lefferts Blvd. hasn’t hosted the political party in two decades, but the vacant building looks to be headed to a future of hosting parties of a different kind.
Residents, civic leaders and elected officials are coming together in an effort to have the Maspeth firehouse landmarked by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.
“[The firehouse] takes a very special place in our recent history,” the LPC application, filled out by Steve Fisher said. “This fire station was among the first responders to the 9/11 attacks and 19 firefighters, more than any other station, lost their lives in their attempts to save others there. This house of heroes deserves designation as a NYC landmark.”
More than a year after developer Jeff Huang built a retaining wall and stuck a utility pole more than three feet over a property line in a historic Quaker cemetery, the two parties signed a boundary agreement on Feb. 26, and negotiated a settlement.
The company that owns the construction site, 136-33 37th Avenue Realty, LLC, signed a judgment by confession on March 1 to pay $50,000 plus $225 in costs and fees to the Flushing Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.
Preservationists Paul Graziano, left, and Henry Euler spoke out with state Sen. Tony Avella, center, on Friday about the Landmark Preservation Commission’s decision not to designate Flushing Meadows Corona Park as a scenic landmark.
The city’s Landmark Preservation Commission denied a proposal by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) to designate Flushing Meadows Corona Park as a historical site.
Now he’s asking for a do-over.
The historic Brinckerhoff Cemetery in Fresh Meadows was saved from development almost a year ago when the city landmarked it and now a private group of individuals would like to buy it to give the site further protection.
Jim Gallagher, president of the Fresh Meadows Homeowners Civic Association, led the drive for landmarking, which was finally granted last August. Now, he has organized Friends of the Brinckerhoff Colonial Cemetery to raise funds for the project.