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Offline hagsrus

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Re: Empty store fronts
« Reply #30 on: July 08, 2017, 05:56:41 PM »
I used to live in Astoria early 80s and remember Steinway always seemed plagued by empty storefronts (though I never counted them). I do recall once seeing a fairly small storefront advertising "going out of business sale" in one window and "grand opening sale" in the other!

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Re: Empty store fronts
« Reply #31 on: July 08, 2017, 07:39:30 PM »
well, i turned the corner onto 30th and there were six more between steinway and Sorriso (at 44th). that's 32 vacant storefronts in roughly the distance between 74th and 86th, 37th and roosevelt. i don't think we're quite that dire.

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Re: Empty store fronts
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Re: Empty store fronts
« Reply #33 on: September 25, 2017, 11:08:12 PM »
My evening walk got me wondering...
While 82nd Street has turned into a mall (Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic, Sketchers, Foot Locker, GNC, Children's Place plus national chain fast food, banks and cell phone stores... even Target soon) it's sad to see some prime spots on 37th Avenue remain empty for months.  No, make that YEARS.   Ingrid's old hair salon at 79th Street.  The Gothic furniture shop at 83rd Street both spring to mind.   

Maybe the new strategy should be to start calling out commercial landlords for allowing their property to linger in a semi-abandoned state.

So who owns that Ingrid's space you ask? The NYC website points to a company called CAIMAN REALTY LLC  ( see how much they pay in taxes HERE: http://webapps.nyc.gov:8084/CICS/f704/f403001I?BBL=4-01278-0038- )
While real estate filings are pretty complicated with various holding companies, it looks like it's the same company that is also the owner of what also seems to be a pretty vacant building on 75th Street.  ( http://tinyurl.com/y865yrt3 ) as well as some other properties in JH.  No surprise here.. but it also looks like the person at the head of the company lives on Long Island, not JH.

It's a well kept commercial building, to give credit where it's due. And I get that landlords are taking write-offs to pad their tax losses... but for the neighborhood's sake they should do something with them in the meantime.  Imagine if Ingrid's were gallery of JH artists until a new store rented it.  Heck, you could even hang art in the window and keep the doors locked and it would be less of a blight.  There are probably lots of other ideas such as renting as a "pop up" store for the holiday season coming up.   It may even raise the value of the property and others you may own in the neighborhood!

Landlords aren't the enemy.  If you think about it, they're for better or worse part of what makes any neighborhood what it is.  So come on landlords, think of the community.  Better yet, lower your rent and allow someone to actually rent the property.  That Ingrids building goes for $52/sq ft and the last store rented for $14K/month per Street Easy ( that info is at http://streeteasy.com/building/78_19-37-avenue-queens#tab_building_detail=3

One other fun find..
So what's that building worth you ask?
Current year's total market value of the land: $1,100,000
Current year's total market value of improvements: $3,082,000 (it was $2,003,000 in 2012)
Current year's total market value: $4,182,000 (it was $3,103,000 in 2012)
Read more: http://www.city-data.com/ny-properties/assessments/Queens/3/37th-Avenue-22.html#ixzz4tkV2xb2d



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Re: Empty store fronts
« Reply #34 on: September 26, 2017, 08:22:38 AM »
During the recession, when Manhattan properties went vacant, and even newly built, luxury homes with stores under them could not be filled, many landlords used their spaces as exhibition spaces for artists, all at no to low cost (a share of any sales that take place).  The places looked more attractive with something going on inside them, and eventually, the stores rented and the pop-ups went away.  But there were many memorable exhibits, and there's no reason that can't happen here either.

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Re: Empty store fronts
« Reply #35 on: September 26, 2017, 09:57:26 AM »
I did notice that the FOR LEASE sign is no longer there @ the ex-Ingrid's store.

Not sure if that means it's been rented.

Or the sign simply fell down...after such a long time...


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Re: Empty store fronts
« Reply #36 on: September 28, 2017, 01:42:37 PM »
I have inquired about using a few of these empty spaces as pop galleries. Either my calls were not returned or they were not at all interested. It's a shame because some of these would make excellent exhibition or even concert spaces.

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Re: Empty store fronts
« Reply #37 on: December 18, 2018, 08:37:33 PM »
It looks like we may be getting another empty storefront. The ladies clothing store located on the south side of 37th Avenue, between 79th and 80th Streets, The Ultimate Look, is closing. I wasn't aware of its longevity in the neighborhood. It's a pretty large space, so I'm wondering what will come next. Hopefully, it won't remain empty for long.


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Re: Empty store fronts
« Reply #38 on: December 18, 2018, 10:20:44 PM »
that's too bad, it's pretty much the only place around where older ladies can find clothing in the area.

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Re: Empty store fronts
« Reply #39 on: January 10, 2019, 01:03:25 PM »
Is it weird to have a "wishlist" of things that I hope/want 37th Avenue to have this year?

1. A smaller Cannelle takeaway spot. Someone suggested this in another thread and Yes Please!
2. A real wine bar. Addictive 37 anyone? Is Swim Two Birds just never happening?  ;D
3. More great restaurants with potentially some cuisine variety and modern decor (Think Lamoon in Elmhurst)
4. Vintage Store - has anyone been to Bliss 46? It's so cute and would be fun to see something like that here.
5. A Bookstore - We need a bookstore desperately, including books in various languages to serve the various communities
6. Fitness anything? Besides 2nd Story (love them), and the two gyms on Roosevelt, there are no fitness options here.

Here's what's def not on my wishlist: 99cent stores, pharmacies, laundromats, clothes stores selling the same clothes as all the others...we are oversaturated!!!

This is just me personally speaking - what do you all hope for?

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Re: Empty store fronts
« Reply #40 on: January 10, 2019, 01:06:59 PM »
Is it weird to have a "wishlist" of things that I hope/want 37th Avenue to have this year?

1. A smaller Cannelle takeaway spot. Someone suggested this in another thread and Yes Please!
2. A real wine bar. Addictive 37 anyone? Is Swim Two Birds just never happening?  ;D
3. More great restaurants with potentially some cuisine variety and modern decor (Think Lamoon in Elmhurst)
4. Vintage Store - has anyone been to Bliss 46? It's so cute and would be fun to see something like that here.
5. A Bookstore - We need a bookstore desperately, including books in various languages to serve the various communities
6. Fitness anything? Besides 2nd Story (love them), and the two gyms on Roosevelt, there are no fitness options here.

Here's what's def not on my wishlist: 99cent stores, pharmacies, laundromats, clothes stores selling the same clothes as all the others...we are oversaturated!!!

This is just me personally speaking - what do you all hope for?

Dunkin Doughnuts is closing on 37th ave and 75th street. Can you imagine, JH can not even support a DD.

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Re: Empty store fronts
« Reply #41 on: January 10, 2019, 01:20:44 PM »


Dunkin Doughnuts is closing on 37th ave and 75th street. Can you imagine, JH can not even support a DD.
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Have you noticed that other specialized bakeries and cafes, including Lety's and Espresso 77 seem to be thriving? People gravitate towards more community oriented businesses. It doesn't surprise me that Dunkin didn't fare well, especially since there are two others on Roosevelt (doing mighty fine biz I might add).

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Re: Empty store fronts
« Reply #42 on: January 10, 2019, 01:21:59 PM »
5. A Bookstore - We need a bookstore desperately, including books in various languages to serve the various communities

We have El Barco De Papel on 80th St just south of Roosevelt. They have books in at least 2 languages, check it out sometime!

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« Reply #43 on: January 10, 2019, 01:26:12 PM »
5. A Bookstore - We need a bookstore desperately, including books in various languages to serve the various communities

We have El Barco De Papel on 80th St just south of Roosevelt. They have books in at least 2 languages, check it out sometime!

Admittedly, I don't spend a ton of time on Roosevelt, but I def will. Doesn't mean 37th Ave can't have one too.   ;D

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Re: Empty store fronts
« Reply #44 on: January 10, 2019, 01:32:04 PM »


Have you noticed that other specialized bakeries and cafes, including Lety's and Espresso 77 seem to be thriving? People gravitate towards more community oriented businesses. It doesn't surprise me that Dunkin didn't fare well, especially since there are two others on Roosevelt (doing mighty fine biz I might add).
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That is true but when someone tries to get a mainstream store, like Trader Joes or Fairway, the agents see that a Dunkin Doughnuts closed on 37th ave. They will not notice that Lety's is doing well.

I don't like DD but I saw it as mainstream store which I would encourage but others seem hostile to.

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Re: Empty store fronts
« Reply #44 on: January 10, 2019, 01:32:04 PM »