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Jackson Heights of Yesteryear / The apartment complex that never was.
« on: July 09, 2010, 05:41:22 PM »
According to the book "JH A Garden in the City," Karatzas says that there were plans to build the last grand set of buildings on the site of what is now The Berkely; 78 & 77 Streets and bordering on 35th Avenue. They were to outshine The Towers.

Does anyone have further information on this? It would be interesting if there are plans or sketches to see what exactly they had in mind and what was never built.

Neighborhood Chat / Re: New Building to Come - 84-01 37th Avenue
« on: July 08, 2010, 05:50:10 PM »
That's an interesting idea, but to what historical standards? If that means replacing what was there, then no more apartment house and we get a single story commercial building. If you mean something exactly like the old JH style that gets tricky too. All the buildings are reinterpretations and adaptations of previous period style.

The new school buildings and the 82nd Street monster are already adaptations of adaptations of style. But in theory I tend to agree with you.

Real Estate & Home Improvement / Re: Jackson Heights Gardens
« on: July 07, 2010, 01:37:25 PM »
Beautiful pics!

Neighborhood Chat / Re: Monster Rat is at it again
« on: July 07, 2010, 01:04:59 PM »
No comment from her yet that i know of. But the news showed them leaving the court house holding hands. Maybe that's how she plans to keep other objects out of his reach.

Jackson Heights of Yesteryear / Re: Jackson Heights: Then & Now
« on: July 07, 2010, 12:57:02 PM »
Great pics, thanks for sharing! I especially enjoyed the then & now effect.

And I love 35th Avenue. It's part of the quiet zone and just 1 block to all the shops. Perfect!

Neighborhood Chat / Re: Monster Rat is at it again
« on: July 07, 2010, 11:46:14 AM »
And now a judge has eased up on the restraining order for his girlfriend.
Isn't love grand!!!!!!!?????   :smitten:

Does she get another piece of cut glass for her birthday?

 :o ::)

Neighborhood Chat / Re: Keeping our streets clean
« on: July 04, 2010, 12:47:37 PM »
A city maintained corner can is intended for pedestrian use only. So I guess anything more than a lunch bag is suspect, but I don't assume what people walk around with. Most cans have a notice of a $100 fine for other useage, but of course it can't be monitored.

I do know however of a situation where a store left it's trash at one of those cans and they were fined.

Neighborhood Chat / Re: Keeping our streets clean
« on: July 03, 2010, 08:50:22 PM »
You are right Foxy about biodegradeable. I use newspaper only.

Extra cans where needed in the commercial zone is a good idea. They would be kind of ugly on the corners in the residential zone which is probably why they are not there. My point was that a discreet hefty bag at the side doors in the residential zone was a thoughtful thing and useful. I wish more buildings would do that and have suggested it here at my own building.

Neighborhood Chat / Re: New Building to Come - 84-01 37th Avenue
« on: July 02, 2010, 08:34:12 AM »
Remember that whatever does ultimately get built there it's only 1/2 of the block. At best in time you'll get a second one of the same type on the other side. At worst God knows what. Not to mention that a precedent will be set for all the other one story commercial building sites.

Neighborhood Chat / Re: The Last Word!
« on: July 02, 2010, 12:04:33 AM »
What is the absolute last word in any dictionary?

Zyxt is listed as the last word in the online Oxford English Dictionary, an obsolete Kentish word that is the second singular indicative present form of the verb see. The next-to-last is zyxst, an obsolete word meaning 'sixth'. Several online dictionaries list the word zyzzyva, a tropical American weevil, as the last word in the letter Z.

 ;D  ;D  ;D

(taken from

My dog and I went there for the first time today. It was great and the dog had a blast. Thank you to those who made it happen. That space would have otherwise gone to waste.

I noticed the wood chip ground cover was spilling out all over the sidewalk. Perhaps a wooden 2x4 as a curb at the gate would keep the chips in and the sidewalk clean. Other than that everything seemed great!

Neighborhood Chat / Historic District
« on: July 01, 2010, 06:27:01 PM »
I'm sure this isn't a new thought at all, but it may be time to revive it.

I've been reading the comments in the thread, "New Building to Come - 84-01 37th Avenue." There are several remarks about what happened before the Historic District at the corner of 82nd & 37th. Then the remarks about what has happened on 75th.

It's time to get the boundaries of the district extended!

There are plenty of charming old buildings which may not have been built by Queensboro Corporation and Mac Dougal, BUT they were subject in design to his exacting standards. These buildings deserve to be protected as well. I should also point out there are a number of buildings that are protected within the district that are of no significant architectural or historical value.

Does anyone agree?

Neighborhood Chat / Keeping our streets clean
« on: June 30, 2010, 11:55:32 PM »
This is not a rant but a compliment along with a suggestion.

There doesn't seem to be enough trash cans in the neighborhood. Maybe you'll find some on 37th Avenue but nothing on 34th or 35th. As a dog owner who does pick up you have to wonder what to do with the little package. I believe in keeping things clean, I live here. And I think more people would be conscious of "doggie bags" (or even making them!) and other forms of litter if they had a place to put it.

One very thoughtful super at the Jefferson (78-12 35th) leaves a large hefty bag on the railing by the side doors on 78th and 79th streets. We make sure to pass there on our walk. I've seen other dog walkers doing the same as well as people depositing other refuse while passing by.


Now if other buildings would do the same perhaps the streets would be nicer and the super's job easier. Has anyone ever suggested this to their management or at their board meetings?

No one remembered, OLympia 1.... been around almost forever it seems! :smiley6600:

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