Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The State of the Crap at the Steinway Mansion. (August 23, 2016)


Your Queens historical heritage.  41st Street looking south.


Costa Constantinides and the Steinway Mansion.




(Just curious.   His Council salary is over $148,000 and he can't see a dentist to get his teeth fixed?  Seems pretty dopey to me.   But then again a lot of people in Astoria are dopes.   Am I right or wrong?)



Warehouse Windfall?



Original sale price for the Halberian-Steinway Mansion and acreage:  $2.6 million.   As of August 23, 2016, the combined 11 so-called "Steinway Park"  warehouses asking price:  over $24 million.














Also, as of this date, four warehouses are "in contract".   But with whom?



Also, do potential buyers or lessees know that the Mansion cannot be seen at all from ground level at this the 42nd Street side of the properties?




Sunday, August 21, 2016

Friday, August 19, 2016

New so-called "Steinway Park" Parking Regulation on 42nd Street .


Department of Transportation to move in?

With construction fencing now removed, the external facades of warehouses now completed.






Thursday, August 18, 2016

Steinway Mansion Update (August 16, 2016)


Full moon, thunder, lightning,
pouring rain, red van, umbrella.

(Turn up the volume for the best effect.)

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Somewhere over the rainbow . . .

. . . but in Astoria?

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Flying Jenny vs. The Flying Jerky. Mid-August, 2016: The State of Queens Community Newspaper Publishing.


The famous U.S. postage stamp:




The current edition of the Press of Southeast Queens (click for enlarged view):


Thursday, August 11, 2016

Count The Cars Then Count The Bikes. Awaiting The Green Paint (August 11, 2016)


How many bikes do you see here in the first photo?   How many cars?


Just awaiting the application of the green paint demarcating the Phase II Queens Boulevard bike lane:
   

















How it will be done (from Phase I, August 2015) - despite the community's objection!


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

You never know when an ambulance guy will leave you in the street because of your dirty underwear.



DeBlasio's Boondoggle. Where Are The Bikes In The Queens Boulevard "Bike Lane"?


Indeed, where are the bikes?   Looks like a skateboard park to me.  See imagery below taken one year ago on August 8, 2015 after the completion of the Phase I bike lane.


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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Steinway Mansion Update, August 9, 2016


Sorry kids but the "Winky Dink" fun time fill-in points A to B game is now over:


The "bad men spoil sports" Caliendo-Loria-Lucchese warehouse development triumvirate has begun to fill in points A to B with girder work:

(Too bad, but you have to put away your crayon.)


The 41st Street view of the Mansion - then and now:



The 42nd Street warehouses have the green construction covering removed from the fencing:




A little over a year ago, the way it was and today, the way it is on 42nd Street:





And a half moon sails over the Mansion's tower:

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Parkers Piqued. So Long Service Road.


Queens Boulevard begins its Phase II introduction of  bicycle lanes in Elmhurst on the heavily travelled roadway.   Businesses and fraternal organizations upset at the loss of scores of on-street parking.   (Seen in photos below:  outside the Italian Charities Building at the corner of Queens Boulevard and Van Loon Street).



THEN AND NOW.
THEN AND NOW.
LOOKING WEST.


Mystery Light At The Steinway Mansion.