(BPT) - There are regular backyard projects and then there are those special backyard projects that bring families closer together, both during the construction and while enjoying the finished piece.
The architecture of a city or a neighborhood can be like the rings of a tree to the trained eye.
A close examination can uncover history preserved in wood and stone like an insect trapped in amber.
(NewsUSA) - With remodeling season in full swing, homeowners looking to re-side their homes are increasingly deciding between vinyl siding and fiber cement. While both products can look great, there are significant differences in the more pragmatic issues of durability, ease of maintenance and cost of ownership.
The Udalls Cove Preservation Committee will hold its 45th annual meeting and wetlands cleanup on Saturday, May 3, at 10 a.m. on Sandhill Road on the border of Douglaston and Little Neck, just west of the Little Neck Railroad Station, on the north side of the railroad tracks.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) will announce a $20,000 grant for the organization included in the new state budget.
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A former resident of what he says is the borough’s only Anglo-Japanese-style home is furious at the vacant building’s ongoing descent into decay and dilapidation.
The home, located at 84-62 Beverly Road in Kew Gardens, looks more like the setting of a horror movie than a historic, nearly 100-year-old piece of significant architecture.
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 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.
In a year’s time some of the buildings on 82nd Street between Roosevelt and 37th avenues will be restored to their historical prime, 82nd Street Partnership Executive Director Seth Taylor said this week.
“The block has some best examples of Neo-Tudor style in the city,” Taylor said, referring to the street’s peaked roofs and grided stone, wood and stucco facades.
Problems at the Quaker Meeting House range beyond the below-ground utility pole base, reported by the Chronicle last week.
Ongoing issues with a neighboring construction site include shifting borders caused by a 28-foot-deep retaining wall supported by 10 large steel I-beams. The wood and cement barrier has effectively moved 80 feet of the Meeting House’s property line back 3 feet.
It’s a shame that “The Triumph of Civic Virtue,” the 1920 statue by famed sculptor Frederick MacMonnies, which has been stationed outside Borough Hall since the 1940s, is being moved out of Queens.
But the fact is we don’t deserve to keep it.
Beauty may be in the eyes of the beholder, but, in the case of a rally held on Saturday at the base of a controversial sculpture, it was more a matter of civil liberties than artistic taste.
When visitors step off the elevator onto the fourth floor of the Quinn building for the Greater Astoria Historical Society, the exhibits begin before they even enter the showroom. The photos that line the walls in the hallway are large and inviting, encouraging passersby to stop to take a closer look.
One exhibit that deserves such attention is “The Steinway Mansion: Victorian Virtuosity,” an exhibition by Gary Vollo, a Long Island photographer born and raised in Astoria.
New York City officials are neither confirming nor denying a published report that a controversial statue will be moved to Brooklyn from its home near Queens Borough Hall.
“Triumph of Civic Virtue” was unveiled in 1922 at City Hall and banished to Queens during the LaGuardia Administration. Created by American sculptor Frederick MacMonnies in 1919, it depicts a nearly nude man with a sword towering over two women.
It took three years of complaining to the city, but only two weeks after a story by the Queens Chronicle for the absentee landlord of a blighted Laurelton property to board up the dwelling, finally keeping gang members and other vandals away from the site.
It was a victory for Roxane D’Orelans-Juste, 52, who lives next door to the house at 135-24 223 St. with her husband, Kevin Stephens, 55, and her adult niece and nephew.
A hundred grand. That’s a lot of money, but not in the big picture of the budget of New York City. There it’s pennies on the dollar — fractions of pennies, even.
Using the digits makes just how relatively little money it is more clear. Here’s what a hundred grand looks like, compared to what the city’s $68.7 billion proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 looks like:
With the upcoming 100th anniversary of the Long Island Rail Road’s Jamaica Station and the recent publication of “Jamaica Station,” the latest in the Images of Rail series from Arcadia Publishing, the double meaning of the oft-heard phrase, “change at Jamaica,” familiar to just about anyone who has ever ridden on the LIRR, becomes much more apparent.
Jamaica is the hub of the LIRR, which carries 265,000 riders each weekday on 735 trains over 700 miles of track on 11 different branches, all but one of which converge at the station. And, as outlined in the book, the station, itself, has undergone considerable change since it opened nearly a century ago.
The public review process for a 229-block rezoning in Woodhaven and Richmond Hill that many residents say will help to prevent overcrowding has officially begun, city Planning Commisssioner Amanda Burden said this week.
The proposed rezoning seeks to keep the one- and two-family homes in residential areas and prevent the building of more of the multi-family units that have sprung up in recent years, while funneling higher-density housing and commercial development to main business corridors, like Jamaica and Atlantic avenues, city officials said.