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Another parcel of land in Elmhurst went up for sale this week, adding to the likelihood that another residential building will be erected in the area.
The site comprises most of the parking lot of the Georgia Diner on Queens Boulevard, just west of the Queens Place mall. It is being offered for $24 million, according to an announcement made by Massey Knakal Realty Services, the broker handling it.
There were plenty of hot deals at the Queens Center and Rego Center malls earlier this week, just not in the way you would think.
Dereck Sumair, 23, of 160th Street in Jamaica, is facing a total of 41 charges after he was arrested for allegedly setting multiple small fires at both shopping centers within minutes of each other on Monday afternoon.
A 23-year-old man is in custody after small fires broke out at both the Queens Center and Rego Center malls within minutes of each other on Monday afternoon, police said.
The snow keeps falling on the city and slushy corners on local streets continue to be a thorn in the side of Community Board 6, which discussed that and other issues at its monthly meeting on Feb. 12.
“One of my major concerns is the bus stops,” said CB 6 Chair Joseph Hennessy, also noting that snow removal was “not happening” due to the extreme cold.
The ongoing slew of snowstorms has prompted the New York Blood Center to announce an urgent need for blood donations following the cancellation of more than 100 blood drives in the last few weeks.
“While we’re confident in our ability to supply our partner hospitals, we’re still struggling with the effects of the snow and ice this week, and worried about an even bigger hit this weekend,” Vice President Rob Purvis of the NYBC said last week in a press release. “It is critical that we all pitch in by donating blood to ensure that supplies aren’t further diminished in the days ahead.”
In another attempt to put a wrench in the behemoth development plan for Willets Point, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and others filed a lawsuit on Monday claiming the shopping mall portion proposed for the Citi Field parking lot in Flushing Meadows Corona Park is illegal under state law.
The plan, submitted by the Queens Development Group — a partnership between Sterling Equities and The Related Companies — was given approval by the City Council last October.
Two major construction projects were the focal points of Monday night’s occasionally contentious Queens Borough Board meeting at Borough Hall.
Under discussion at the meeting — the second under Borough President Melinda Katz — was the Mattone Group Development Project, which involves the construction of three restaurants on land between the Queens Center Mall and the Long Island Expressway.
A lawsuit claiming that the shopping mall proposed for the Citi Field parking lot in Flushing Meadows Corona Park is illegal under state law was filed today.
The suit charges that the mall, approved by the City Council near the end of former Mayor Mike Bloomberg's last term, cannot be built without the approval of the state Legislature because the location is parkland.
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. 25 Years of Madden NFL video game exhibition. Five versions of the groudbreaking game on view and available to play now thru Sunday, Feb. 23. Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games, Exhibition of 25 playable, independently produced games, through March 2. Museum hours: Wednesdays-Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. $12 adults, $9 seniors over 65 and students with ID, $6 children 3-12, under 3 free.
The former St. John’s Hospital on Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst and a parking garage across the street on 58th Avenue have been sold to a new developer for $47 million, the real estate firm that handled the deal announced Monday.
The city has approved converting the old hospital into a mixed-use building that will have stores on the first floor and lower level, medical facilities on the second floor and housing on the remaining floors, according to the real estate company, Massey Knakal.
In Western Queens, 2013 was the year of development and affordable housing. Willets Point, Hallets Point, Hunters Point and 5Pointz became names commonly thrown around by politicians, community boards and civic groups throughout the area. There wasn’t a month that didn’t go by when residents, electeds and developers went head to head on major development projects, illegal apartments, a massive soccer stadium plan or even the possible closing of their neighborhood movie theater.
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.
Elections and new laws adopted in 2013 promised sweeping changes across the city’s horizon in 2014, with a new mayor, a new City Council, and an uncertain future for policies on education, law enforcement and city finances.
In a city the size of New York, politics and crime are often the biggest newsmakers, as was the case in 2013.
There was no shortage of political headlines this past year, an election year at that. Queens elected a new borough president while Forest Hills and Rego Park opted to bring back Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) for another term. Area politicians made their collective voices heard throughout the year, filling the Chronicle’s pages for months.
Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), center, distributed 250 toys donated by the Queens Center mall represented by the mall’s Senior Property Manager Jeff Owen, center left.
A new shopping center proposed for Glendale has community leaders raising concerns about traffic and the economic viability of another mall that would be located adjacent to The Shops at Atlas Park.
Presented by Schuckman Realty, the plan would convert the Atlas Terminals site at 8200 Cooper Avenue into retail stores and a public storage facility of 26,100 square feet. Three anchor stores are proposed, one of them to be a grocery store, with additional space for restaurants, a bank and smaller retail shops, including a “junior box anchor opportunity” for 42,000 square feet. Although a Schuckman brochure does not mention a specific store yet, a diagram does cite a letter of intent to occupy at least one space.
The look and feel of the holidays always seems to come to Southeast Queens right on cue at the start of December.
Decades ago the Christmas rush meant places like Mays and Gertz department stores with floor after floor of holiday bargains.
JUST CHILLIN': Micah and Constance Thompson occupy a pair of massage chairs as they wait for the stores to open at the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst.
ME! ME! ME!: Shoppers overwhelm an employee handing out special discount coupons outside the doors to Macy's at the Queens Center mall in Rego Park. Ten minutes later the store opened and the crowd rushed in.
Thursday is the new black.
Continuing a trend that developed in recent years, holiday shopping that used to kick off on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, began on the holiday itself in Queens and elsewhere, as many large retailers opened their doors Thursday evening.
The Corona Lions Club has selected Cassagnol, along with five other individuals, as a recipient of the Corona Lions Community Service Award.
“It’s definitely cool,” he said. “I really appreciate the honor.”
The Jolly Old Elf greets the crowd after his arrival, along with City Councilman Danny Dromm, left, mall Director John Scaturro and a couple of helpers.
Just as advertised, last Saturday’s Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst was “an evening of pure de-light.” Santa Claus arrived to kick of the season, the kids got to enjoy milk and cookies, and shoppers of all ages got to help light the “enchanted tree” with their magic wands.