Major curb restorations coming to Bayside Hills

Assemblywoman Rozic speaks at a press conference in Bayside Hills in 2014.

Assemblywoman Rozic speaks at a press conference in Bayside Hills in 2014.

Major improvements to the curbs of Bayside Hills.

Last week, Assemblywoman Nily Rozic announced that the city has begun curb restoration and construction work.

The northeast Queens assemblywoman allocated $500,000 in state funding to the Department of Transportation for the project, which will bring the streets to a state of good repair.

“Our streets in Bayside Hills have gone far too long without infrastructure upgrades,” Rozic says. “With the announcement, our families in Bayside Hills will finally receive the street infrastructure that will raise home values, improve neighborhood safety and beautify its blocks.”

The curbs will be rebuilt along with new sidewalks. The renovation is expected to be completed soon.

Construction is taking place along:

  • 208th Street between 53rd Avenue and 56th Avenue
  • 210th Street between 50th Avenue and 53rd Avenue
  • 213th Street between 56th Avenue and Horace Harding Expressway

“Our neighborhood has been in critical need of these curb restorations,” said Michael Feiner, president of the Bayside Hills Civic Association, “and I look forward to the DDC’s completion.”

Add your input to the redesign of Bland Playground

Bland Playground Public Scope Meeting Invite

Bland Playground in Downtown Flushing will soon undergo a $6 million reconstruction project.

But before the design is made, the Parks Department wants Flushing residents and park users to chime in on what they’d like to see included as part of the transformation.

On Thursday, March 12 at 6 p.m., the Parks Department are teaming up with Councilman Peter Koo and the borough president’s office to host a scoping meeting for the project.

Attendees can tell parks officials what they want in the reconstructed playground.

“This scoping meeting is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for area residents to redesign their own backyard playground,” Koo said.

The councilman noted that despite its popularity, the playground has been plagued by a variety of problems, “from sanitation to vagrancy.”

“It’s far past time that we address these issues through a redesign and reconstruction that prioritizes the needs of the families and young people who cherish and use this rare urban recreational space,” Koo added.

The scoping meeting will take place at Bland Community Center, located at 133-36 Roosevelt Avenue.

Project Queens opens office in Downtown Flushing

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Project Queens, a commercial real estate firm, has opened a new office in the heart of Downtown Flushing.

The tech savvy company is led by real estate broker Michael Wang, who also co-chairs the Real Estate Committee for the Queens Chamber of Commerce.

Their new digs are located at 136-18 39th Avenue, Suite 704.

Project Queens is welcoming friends and colleagues to stop by their new office to see the new space and chat with the team.

For more information about Project Queens, visit their website here.

Queens Chamber’s Real Estate Committee to host networking event

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The Queens Chamber of Commerce’s Real Estate Committee is kicking off 2020 with its first networking event of the season.

The event will take place on Thursday, February 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. at The One Boutique Moon Bar, located at 137-72 Northern Boulevard.

The committee will be discussing upcoming real estate events for the year, and will take feedback on any topics that should be discussed further.

It’s also an opportunity to reconnect with colleagues in the industry.

For more information on the event, see here.

APEC opens new temporary headquarters

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On Monday, hundreds of residents and elected officials attended the grand opening of the temporary headquarters of the Alley Pond Environmental Center.

The center has moved to 224-75 76th Avenue in Oakland Gardens while its building on Northern Boulevard in Douglaston/Little Neck is being renovated and expanded. That project will take about two years to complete.

The large crowd at the grand opening enjoyed fruit smoothies, vegetarian Bengali cuisine, interactions with animals and an array of activities.

Attendees included Assemblyman Ed Braunstein, Councilman Paul Vallone, Councilman Barry Grodenchik, District Attorney Melinda Katz and Acting Borough President Sharon Lee.

APEC, a nonprofit environmental education organization, educates children and adults, protects and preserves Alley Pond Park.

Queens County Farm secures new space

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The only remaining farm in New York City is moving to a bigger plot of land.

Last week, Councilman Barry Grodenchik announced that the Queens County Farm has secured a lease agreement for 1.6 acres. It will take over a space owned by the New York State Office of Mental Health.

“This additional land will allow the farm to increase crop production by more than 30 percent,” Grodenchik says.

According to Queens County Farm Museum executive director Jennifer Walden Weprin, the land leased to them by the state was part of the farm’s original footprint dating back to¬†1697.

The farm hosts an average of 400,000 visitors annually, and has welcomed more than 10 million visitors since it was established in 1975.

“This expansion supports the farm’s planned growth and will enable us to broaden our reach so we can serve more people in need of fresh produce in our communities,” Weprin says.

Goldfish Swim School to open location at Tangram

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A leading swim school franchise with nearly 100 locations nationwide is expanding to Tangram.

Goldfish Swim School has committed to an approximately 8,000-square-foot indoor space at the Flushing mega-development, developers announced earlier this week.

The facility is slated to open by spring 2021.

Goldfish Swim School will have a 75-foot, three-lane pool with a viewing area for parents, as well as a snack bar.

The school teaches more than 130,000 children, ranging from infants to 12 year olds, per week across the country.

In addition to offering swim sessions, Goldfish will also host birthday parties with a special party package that includes invitations, two hours of private access to the facility, certified lifeguards, cupcakes and beverages, balloons and more.

The Tangram location is expected to accommodate more than 3,000 kids and parents each week.