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the amount of people who double park on 37th ave is horrendous as well. Do they man that avenue with traffic cops?
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Real Estate & Home Improvement / Re: Washington Plaza
« Last post by Dodger on Today at 12:00:21 PM »
My apologies if this issue has been covered earlier in the thread (it's a long thread!): Streeteasy just showed four 2 bedroom units having closed in the last day or so at Washington Plaza.  Two of them appear to have sold for about $450,000 and two of them sold for well over $600,000.  I can't figure out from the listing info what the key differences are to warrant such a discrepancy.  It's true that the cheaper ones are listed as 4.0 rooms and the more expensive as 4.5, and the difference here seems to be an eat-in kitchen. But the square footage listed is pretty similar. Just curious!

Here are a couple of links: http://streeteasy.com/sale/1256081

http://streeteasy.com/sale/1256625
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Aggressive and threatening drivers in crosswalk
« Last post by jh35 on Today at 11:18:33 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CbqZDYuM-g
This sort of wet dream is a big part of the problem.

I'll echo JDinJH and A2K's call for a pedestrianized 37th Avenue.  As time goes on, something like this becomes less and less far fetched. 


The city used to put up signs saying "No speeding" and "No honking". They were removed because they were not pretty.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/29/nyregion/new-york-removes-no-honking-signs.html

Many of the drivers seem to have no concept of desirable driving methods. i.e. they do not know or generally ignore the traffic laws. The diverse cultures of people who drive in JH seem to bring their habits of driving.


Installing pedestrian areas is a good idea for JH, but that would take away parking spaces and make some matters worse. JH needs several municipal parking structures. (I do not have a car.)

Can you imagine the uproar if the city wanted to put a parking structure at the burned out Bruson Building site? There is controversy when people try to build a store on 37 avenue.

Maybe some speed bumps could be installed. Mid street traffic lights with crosswalks and speed bumps sounds feasible to me.
Ideally, a pedestrian area is great, but I do not see that happening. And, would it turn into the dirty area that we have at the pedestrian street near the Roosevelt Subway entrance?


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Restaurants & Food / Re: old health food store
« Last post by wlirfan on Today at 10:49:07 AM »
To the original poster, I don't know what will take the place of the old health food store.

As for the rest of this thread - I call BS.  While I am not naïve, and I do not believe that all of our businesses are obeying 100% of all of our laws, I also believe that Stew's bad experience here trying to open a restaurant has tainted his views of our neighborhood, as well as of Brooklyn.  Landlords are landlords, so they will always want to dollar.  If they have to take a loss on one of their properties, so be it since they can deduct that loss against their other profits while still having a storefront open in the hopes of a high-paying renter.  That's not only this city, it's every city.  I hear the same thing in small towns in upstate NY too. 

Nor do I believe that businesses in our little hood are all crooked.  If they were, every storefront would be filled.  Instead, we see capitalism first hand as a small business opens and tries to succeed.  Some make it, others don't - that's why we have new shops and restaurants all the time.  I remember the candy store that opened on 82nd Street right by the schools.  He lasted about 4-5 months.  Why?  Bad timing - that's when the Rite Aid closed its second store, expanded and became 24 hours.  If he were conducting an illegal business, then nothing would have impacted him. 

And let's not forget that landlords rate businesses too.  Maybe the landlord didn't think Stew's restaurant would make it, so the rent was high.  Maybe if it was a different business, the rent would be negotiable.  It's business, plain and simple.  We all vote with one thing in mind - what gets us the most bang for our buck, in whatever way we define "bang".
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Real Estate & Home Improvement / Re: Are 1BRs really cheap?
« Last post by theplanesland on Today at 09:39:15 AM »
Well, here's from Streeteasy. 5 out of the 6 most recent 1BRs in this building under $300.
http://streeteasy.com/building/72_02-35-avenue-jackson_heights#tab_building_detail=2

4 out of the 6 most recent 1BRs in this building under $300.
http://streeteasy.com/building/35_20-73-street-queens#tab_building_detail=2

how can you look at those figures and not see how much they have appreciated in the past 10 years?

Yes there are certain buildings that are cheaper, but even those have gone up dramatically in the past 10 years. Not sure how you're coming to the conclusion that there has been no appreciation in 10 years even just looking at those 2 links you posted.

Well, I see apartments selling for $255 and $265 10 years ago, and $275 and $297 last year. That's a very slight appreciation, so it's not no appreciation, you're right, but it's only very slight appreciation.
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The Family Biking Forum in NYC brings together kids and parents for group rides.
January is the perfect time to talk about it!
LaGuardia Community College
31-11 Thompson- The building with Red trim.
Poolside Cafe
10:30AM- 1PM
More info at https://www.facebook.com/events/1724816221167300/
he Family Biking Forum in NYC brings together kids and parents for group rides.
January is the perfect time to talk about it!
This January Forum is to make it (biking with your kids/kids biking) happen for you, or because you want to make it happen for others:
• Hear from different groups- who we are, how we formed, our rides, and how anybody can take their kids riding with them (or kids can take their parents!)
• Meet Local Parents that ride with their kids in the city.
 Learn and share local, resources, routes shops and programs.
• Meet Kids Who Ride, talking about who they ride with, how long they have been riding, why they ride, and what resources and groups are out there to make it happen.
• Activity - Biking in the city is about being out and about.
We will have interactive activities to keep us moving forward.

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Real Estate & Home Improvement / Re: Are 1BRs really cheap?
« Last post by Di_11372 on Today at 07:31:38 AM »
I live in the low 70s, I know for a fact that my pre war 1 bdrm has appreciated in value roughly 100k in 3 years.  Note that my building has very solid financials, and is very well maintained.Abd let's not forget, when we eventually get our Park on 34th ave, the low 70s coop prices will rise again.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Aggressive and threatening drivers in crosswalk
« Last post by Palermo on Today at 06:03:22 AM »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CbqZDYuM-g
This sort of wet dream is a big part of the problem.

I'll echo JDinJH and A2K's call for a pedestrianized 37th Avenue.  As time goes on, something like this becomes less and less far fetched. 
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Aggressive and threatening drivers in crosswalk
« Last post by toddg on Yesterday at 11:10:48 PM »
Here are some basic statistics on enforcement and traffic injuries (follow this link for details in the 115th Precinct).  Through October, it shows that the 115th Precinct has increased enforcement against speeding and red light running since Vision Zero's 2013 baseline (data will be updated through December as soon as it is available).  But it has not increased enforcement against drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians, and has dramatically reduced its enforcement of illegal cell phone use, its primary tool to combat distracted driving.  Overall, across four key enforcement indicators related to pedestrian safety, there has been no net increase in enforcement.  Traffic injuries are down slightly since 2013, but fatalities are up sharply. 

In addition to asking the police to focus more resources on traffic safety enforcement, the city needs authorization from the state to increase its use of automated safety cameras.   Make Queens Safer, Transportation Alternatives, and hundreds of other groups have been advocating for the state to expand the city's powers to deploy traffic safety cameras in school zones (see the full list here).  Some of our representatives in Albany, including Sen. Jose Peralta, have been leaders in this effort.   But others, including Francisco Moya  and Michael Den Dekker, have not yet signed on to this legislation.  The town hall on Wednesday night would be a great time to let them know that we expect them to get to work in Albany to help make our streets safer at home.
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Neighborhood Chat / Re: Pedestrian Safety Town Hall, 1/25/2017
« Last post by toddg on Yesterday at 10:11:09 PM »
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