City moving forward on BQX

The de Blasio administration announced today it will move forward with the Brooklyn Queens Connector, the “BQX,” upon release of an overdue feasibility study (PDF). The press release puts the cost at $2.73 billion, a bit up from the initial $2.5 billion the mayor initially put out there. Also, this train is not planned to reach Sunset Park anymore, but will only extend to Red Hook. This announcement follows the mayor’s recent statements that without federal aid from the Trump administration the East River trolly is dead. But, doesn’t it often appear that way? 

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Some important info from the press release: 

Community stakeholders will have opportunities to provide input as the proposal advances to the environmental review and advanced design stages… The environmental impact study process will commence this winter, followed by ULURP in 2020. Construction is expected to begin in 2024 and end in 2029.

More at NYT.

Big hip hop fest is happening at Melrose Ballroom

There were probably large posters for this pasted to lot wood-walls but I’m just noticing from the Corner inbox the World Underground music festival happening yesterday through tomorrow at Melrose Ballroom at 33rd Street near 36th Avenue. If you didn’t know, maybe you still have time to get tickets for Azealia Banks. 

H/T Brooklyn Vegan

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Sunday morning murder outside Ravenswood Houses

Jelan Moreira, 29, Ravenswood Houses resident and father of two young kids was shot to death around 5:20 a.m. Sunday on 21st Street by 35th Avenue, multiple news outlets report. 

“People are going to say, ‘He was a great guy.’ But he really was a great guy,” a neighbor told the New York Daily News. “He didn’t have a problem with anybody. He always had a smile on his face.”

A 17 year-old suspect was arrested. The New York Post reports one ran off. The News reports a second suspect was being questioned. 

QB bust and other crime news

Police arrested 22 people at the Queensbridge Houses  on Wednesday. The NYPD recovered four firearms along with marijuana, heroin and crack. The bust comes after an 11 month sting called “Operation: the Bridge is Over,” the name of an anti-QB hip-hop diss track from 1987. 

In early 2017 Queensbridge celebrated a straight year with no shootings. That streak was disrupted in May of last year. There have been five shootings in the vicinity, one fatal, since January, sparking the investigation. Also, here’s “The Bridge…” and other crime notes in Astoria and LIC below… Continue reading “QB bust and other crime news”

Seven story mixed-use building slated for deep Dutch Kills

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A two story, two family home built in 1915 is slated to be demolished in way of a seven story mixed-use building at 33-10 38th Avenue, down near Astoria Seafood and the Paper Factory Hotel.  The building will have 20, most likely rental apartments, and some sort of community facility, New York YIMBY reported recently.  Continue reading “Seven story mixed-use building slated for deep Dutch Kills”

HomeMark 99¢ strip on 31st Street to become “Astoria Artisan Food Hall”

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The Commercial Observer reports that the low-key strip on 31st Street and 35th Avenue with HomeMark 99¢ on the corner is set to be torn down and replaced with an “Astoria Artisan Food Hall.” Developer Vass Stevens Group bought the strip at 34-39 31st Street last October and already got rid of the tenants and demolished the interiors, apparently. It plans to divide the building into eight storefronts and aims to include, says the Observer, “a coffee roaster, a microbrewery, a specialty dessert bakery and an Asian concept.” There was also mention of “ethnic Hispanic concepts… Fitness concepts, performance groups and creative tenants.”  Continue reading “HomeMark 99¢ strip on 31st Street to become “Astoria Artisan Food Hall””

Asian Halal now LIC Grill

The Asian Halal place by Queensbridge on 21st Street is being reinvented as LIC Grill. The “no frills,” as they say, joint, previously wore the banner, “Pakistan, India & Bangladesh Halal Food” and below that, “Asian Restaurant” on brown-red coloring. This has been replaced by a sleek wood-toned banner simply headed “LIC Grill,” subheaded, “Indian and American Cuisine.” Continue reading “Asian Halal now LIC Grill”