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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Flushing

Bioswale plans anger Flushing residents: Avella

A city Department of Environmental Protection project to install bioswales across Flushing to clean up nearby waterways has residents fuming over the lack of homeowner notification. Comments (6)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Bayside

Bell Blvd. eyesore gets demo notice

Bayside’s Community Board 11 picked up a notice from the city Department of Buildings which may hold welcome news for many who walk regularly along Bell Boulevard. The storefront at 42-07 Bell Blvd., which was formerly home to Chelsea Coffee Shop, is officially slated for demolition. Comment

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Long Island City

Court Square towers are changing the skyline and a neighborhood

Long Island City’s transformation from a gritty industrial neighborhood to a mixed-use community with sleek waterfront luxury residential high-rises is well into its second decade. Comments (1)

Monday, July 18, 2016

Astoria

Future phases at Hallets Point still in question

Jay Valgora’s legacy is in limbo because of an expired tax abatement. The architect behind the mammoth Hallets Point megaproject thought his grand vision of the East River becoming New York City’s new Central Park was in motion as he stood off to the side at a ground-breaking ceremony in late February. Comment

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Co-op owners need to protect their rights

In New York City, almost 1 million people live in co-op apartments, and many of the most affordable ones are in Queens. Efforts to maintain affordable housing in New York City are continually being challenged. Comments (8)

Friday, July 15, 2016

Real Estate

Avella issues letter to DOB to keep Airbnb listing at bay

An Airbnb listing in Broadway-Flushing had state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and residents up in arms over zoning violations at a July 1 news conference. Now Avella has issued a letter to the city Department of Buildings demanding that the agency enforce the law requiring single-family dwellings and non-commercial use within the neighborhood. Comments (1)

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Long Island City

More towers to rise in Long Island City

At the LIC Partnership’s annual LIC Summit last month, one of the more interesting panel discussions was entitled “The Next Wave of Development in LIC” and it included representatives of developer Tishman Speyer, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and the shared-office-space firm WeWork. Now all three are involved in a new megaproject that will bring two 27-story towers to the Long Island City skyline, providing 1.1 million square feet of office space along Jackson Avenue from Queens Boulevard to 42nd Road. Comments (1)

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Long Island City

Labor dispute at 5Pointz escalates

Union leaders protesting developer Jerry Wolkoff’s use of non-union workers at his Long Island City construction site were so incensed by a comment from him in a TimesLedger article Wednesday night that they added three more giant inflatable rats along Jackson Avenue Thursday morning. Comments (11)

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