THANKSGIVING 2022 is here, yet another marker of the passage of time. And with that passage comes the inevitable changes to, and growth of, a neighborhood’s structures. Every neighborhood. Typifying these changes is the news that a 1940’s wood-frame house in Astoria is set to be bulldozed to create a 7-story, 27-unit apartment building.
Closer to home the School Construction Authority (SCA) announced the site of a new elementary school to be built in Court Square. It too will replace an older structure, this one of relative insignificance architecturally, structurally, and use-wise as it appears to be a ~6-story office building with a somewhat recent innocuous recladding. No great loss, probably a better use of the location, but change nonetheless.
A block north of the Queensboro Bridge comes word of a 2-story warehouse demolition planned with the expected replacement to quadruple the square footage and be residential. And in Hunters Point a just-completed semi-circular 8-story residential building on Jackson Avenue, The Anable, has replaced another innocuous 2-story structure that looked to have made it past the half-century mark before being knocked down.
Even bigger, a lot bigger, Innovation QNS received the thumbs up from our local councilwoman Julie Won, after adding some additional affordable units to the mix. That’ll bring a slew of 20-something story towers and 3,200 residential units to half a dozen blocks of non-descript one and two story warehouses/light commercial/billiards hall etc. located where LIC, Astoria, and Woodside intersect. An area which is currently pretty barren come dark.
Yes folks, they’re stuffing them in to every nook and cranberry, and this year the Lions and Cowboys will actually play meaningful games on Turkey Day, and the eagle will fly with the dove, and in the inimitable words of Dr. Martin Luther King: If you can’t be with the one you love, honey, love the one you’re with. Truer words have never been spoken, and time waits for no one. Happy Pandemic-Free Thanksgiving!
SCA Announces Site For 547-Seat Elementary School In Court Square – ready or not, the 3 R’s are comin’ at ya kids
The Anable Completes Construction On Jackson Ave – circular ditty
How Julie Won Got To ‘Yes’ On Innovation QNS – it’s a go!