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Old Posted Jul 27, 2014, 7:28 PM
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nyc -- developments around queens plaza, lic

nyc -- developments around queens plaza, lic

let’s take a hike around scruffy, but rapidly redeveloping northern long island city. it’s quite a mix of a beautiful old bridge, old elevated metal transit, warehouses, taxi businesses, neighborhoody stuff and now new office buildings, cheap new hotels, new apt buildings, the east side access mega transit project and even some of that moneyed, artsy hipster stuff. it’s also chock full of striking visual juxapositions, even for ny. have a look…

elevated metal mania

hmm, i remember this used to be nicer looking & a club...anyway, save the deco bldg!

taxiland -- you can hack it here

the massive east side access transit project

nothing much for the public to see at ground level --
so here are a couple other views:

the new queens plaza now known as dutch kills green
(qp is also aka queensboro plaza, bridge plaza and jfk commuter plaza & it gets a mention in the great gatsby novel)

words cannot describe these fantastic before/after queens plaza>dutch kills green aerials!!!

old & new

a deco era fire station (b.1932)

i know, i know, would it hurt me to look east at manhattan?
ok, this is a good spot, but sorry for the crummy iphone pic

who would have thought lic would have these kind of scenes? at least so far off the waterfront

an embassy

queensboro plaza subway station

as you can see its an el train, so no beneath the planet of the apes station

although hmm, the new midtown access project tunnels as seen here do look familiar…


let’s just hope they aren’t hiding the mutant doomsday bomb down in midtown access!

alrighty then, back to the present qp + rawkin more of the meh-tahl

silvercup movie studios (1983) fka silvercup bakery (b.1920s)
actor christopher walken tells his silvercup story:
“In my younger days, I lived near Silvercup Bakery, and I can still recall sitting on my fire escape, inhaling the intoxicating aroma of bread baking. Of course, at that time, I could never have guessed that I’d one day be inside the Silvercup building—not sampling a loaf of bread, mind you, but as a zombie.”

hunters point, lic developments to the south...worthy of it’s own thread

feelin groovy? queensboro aka 59th st aka ed koch bridge (b.1909)

saving iconic old powerhouse offices - i couldn’t find any info on this

the foundry complex (redeveloped 2001)

historic look the foundry (b. unk1800s)

nearing the hunter’s point, lic, queens neighborhood -- so time to stop

*** i hope you enjoyed the tour around northern long island city queens ***

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Old Posted Jul 27, 2014, 7:56 PM
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Fantastic tour!

Come to think of it, it will benefit everyone if those graffiti filth were eliminated from this increasingly wealthy neighborhood. Can't be stuck in the 70's, right?

Anyway the more buildings, the better! Also you can get a good view of 432 Park Avenue from the upper subway platform at Queensboro Plaza.
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Old Posted Jul 28, 2014, 12:44 AM
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this is an area I know pretty well living in nearby Astoria. It's amazing how quickly it is changing, I just wish the architecture of a lot of these hotels sprouting up was better. It's like Gene Kauffman threw up over Queens. I remember, however, when towers started sprouting up in Williamsburg, they were pretty hideous as well. The great architecture came later. Hopefully that will happen in LIC.
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Old Posted Jul 28, 2014, 11:30 AM
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^ yep. in the meantime, tourists and visitors take note - you can take advantage of the new/cheap hotels. i saw that many already are.


i even found a handful of green/leed bldgs around queens plaza. kind of an unexpected selling point in a neighborhood of so many big industrial bldgs:


one of them is jetblue hq, so i guess they were going to want a nice conversion.

its just very interesting to see the redevelopment of a gritty neighborhood like this.
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Old Posted Jul 28, 2014, 8:36 PM
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I'm looking at maybe going to NY for a week in September, so I've looked into these hotels. I wouldn't say they're cheap. They're just cheap compared to Manhattan. They still seem to be around $160/night when booked well in advance on average though.

I might try airBNB. No way I'm paying $200+ a night for a hotel room in Manhattan.
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Old Posted Jul 28, 2014, 10:50 PM
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^ ha yeah for sure, but cheap for manhattan is cheap - its all relative - just dont do airbnb in my bldg haha - i hope a look around the neighborhood helped a little - good luck!
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Old Posted Jul 30, 2014, 12:15 PM
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It's unreal how widespread NYC's building boom is. Had this growth spilled into depressed neighborhoods like Brownsville and East New York?
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Old Posted Jul 30, 2014, 7:38 PM
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not bville, but its on the way for east ny as di blasio has big plans for high density housing towers, calming atlantic ave, etc:


i notice the $whitey$ hipster crew is just tepidly edging from bushwick into east ny near cypress hills & bway junction, but i think they may spend more time ruining ethnic ridgewood before too much of that gentrification thing happens in eny itself. ha. i dk what havoc or good di blasio's building spree is going to cause, we'll see.
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Old Posted Jul 31, 2014, 7:22 AM
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Interesting thread! LIC continues to change.

Yes, I've already seen a few hipsters-transplants in Cypress Hills (which is my area in NYC), particularly around Alabama station, Norwood station and the Crescent station. Still very minimal though but sometimes obvious.

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Old Posted Jul 31, 2014, 10:45 AM
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^ oh good im glad to hear you are over there too. i work in brownsville /eny sometimes, so lets both keep an eye on the hipster migration and di blasio's redevelopment plans. lic too of course
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