Well I’ve been training all summer for the monumental bike ride across the Queensboro Bridge. After many years of living in its shadow, it was time to take on the beast and journey across the river to the outer borough of Manhattan in something other than the subway or a taxi. So this weekend I ventured forth, first stopping at Sweetleaf to down a quart of coffee, then pausing in Queens Plaza to gobble two Clif Bars. Finally I strapped on my helmet and started pedaling up the eastern face. It was hot out and I had to rest several times and catch my breath, not unusual for most mountaineers, but 40 minutes later with my hamstrings screaming, I hit the apex. The trip down to the other side was quicker and less traumatic, at the bottom of the bridge I made a sharp right turn onto East 60th Street proudly hitting the island of Manhattan in a triumphal manner, and do you know what I discovered when I got there? Scores is now called Sapphire!
//$5 Million Apartment in The View Sells – The Daily News reports that the most expensive apartment in Queens has an accepted offer. Now the only question is will it have a 5-handle in front of it? Also notable, is that at 2,108 square feet, it will most likely easily eclipse $2,000 a square foot, even if one set aside a good chunk for the 1,350 square foot terrace.
//Summer Coda – we have a new slice shop on Vernon, while the loft type building half a block away on 48th Avenue between 5SL and the Solarium languishes 3/4 completed, and Court Square towers come out of the ground. Elska departs, and we hear yet another bar and restaurant will take its place and next door the Beer Closet remains mysteriously closed. For autumn we get an additional live music series on the waterfront and a new area to explore on the 7-train, September cometh…
Queens Most Expensive Apartment Sells – a 3br w/ views galore and a large terrace finally goes to an all cash buyer after being on and off teh market for almost 18 months
At Last: New Station for 7 Train Set to Open – starting September 13 you’ll be able to go yard, Hudson Yards that is, as the first new subway station since 1989 opens up at the end of the line (or is it the beginning?)
LIC Landing Live – new live music series Friday nights in September at 6:30pm in Hunters Point South Park