Checking in on construction at Xi’an Famous Foods at 26-19 Jackson Avenue

The last time we checked in at Xi’an famous foods at 26-19 Jackson Avenue in December, construction crews had started work on the restaurant.1 When we stopped by last week, we saw that stools have been installed and art work is now on the walls, as seen in the photos below.

Xi’an has two other Queens locations in Woodside and also in Flushing, but it will be its first opening in Western Queens. The retail space, owned by Rockrose, is the former home of See.Me art gallery, which closed in late 2015.2 Delivery is expected sometime in early spring.

Here’s more about Xi’an foods from its website:3

Xi’an Famous Foods began as a 200 square foot basement stall in the Golden Shopping Mall in Flushing, N.Y. The original location, established in late 2005, was the first restaurant to bring the little-known cuisine of Xi’an to the United States, with signature hand-ripped noodles, secret spice mixes, and Xi’an “burgers” with housemade flatbread. Since then, we’ve expanded to nine locations in Manhattan, one in Brooklyn and two in Queens in total. As a family-owned business, we hope to reintroduce the world to the unique cuisine of our hometown: liangpi “cold skin” noodles, lamb pao mo soup, and wide hand-pulled “biang biang” noodles, all in its most authentic form.

Xi'an Famous Foods

A look inside Xi’an Famous Foods

Xi'an Famous Foods

A second look inside Xi’an Famous Foods


Signage appears for ‘Skyline Tower’ at 23-15 44th Drive

The last time we stopped by 23-15 44th Drive was in October, when we saw that construction had just started rising above the fence.1 Since then, signage has appeared at The Harrison LIC at 27-21 44th Drive advertising the project which is dubbed “Skyline Tower” and is being marketed by Modern Spaces. That signage as seen below.

As for the construction itself, it is now at the fifth floor in what will turn into a mammoth 78-story, 702-unit mixed-use tower, as seen in the second photo below. The project is supposed to deliver in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Here’s more from the website for the project,

Grand, elegant and sky-high. Live an elevated life at Skyline Tower, the tallest condominium in Queens. Experience striking 360 degree panoramic views of Manhattan coupled with best-in-class amenities and iconic architecture. This gleaming 67-story glass tower features distinctive condo residences and inviting community spaces, crafted with the highest standards of excellence.

23-15 44th Drive

A view of 23-15 44th Drive

23-15 44th Drive

Signage has appeared for Skyline Tower

23-15 44th Drive

Rendering for 23-15 44th Drive


Demolition complete at 27-19 Thomson Avenue

The last time we stopped by 27-19 Thomson Avenue, we saw that a construction fence had been erected at the former site of Manny’s Auto Electric Corp at 27-19 Thomson Avenue.1 A permit was filed with the DOB back in July to demolish the one story building.2 When we stopped by last week, we saw that the building has been knocked down, as seen in the photo below. Eventually, a 10-story mixed use building will rise in its place containing 23,012 of residential space and 5,039 of commercial space.

LIC Post was the first to spot the permits back in September.3 Here’s more details from them:

A total of 30 units are planned for the site, with most floors holding four apartments each. The first two floors and down to the cellar, meanwhile, would be reserved for retail space. Other features of the building include a recreation room, a third-floor terrace, and a roof terrace.

27-19 Thomson Avenue

A view of 27-19 Thomson Avenue


Stop work order exists at 21-16 44th Drive

Back in September, we reported that foundation work had started at 21-16 44th Drive.1 A stop work order was issued on Nov. 1, as seen in the photo below, and was still in place when we walked by recently. Permits call for an eight story-mixed used build, with 19,989 square feet of commercial space and 19,799 square feet of residential space for a FAR of 3.98.2

The occupancy classification on the permit calls for “HOTELS, DORMITORIES” and there will be 29 dwelling units.3 The permit still has the same contact information as one previously filed associating the project with Amsterdam Hospitality.45

21-16 44th Drive

A stop work order exists at 21-16 44th Drive

21-16 44th Drive

A view of 21-16 44th Drive

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Rendering for 21-18 44th Drive


Eleventh Street Arts: ‘Jon Brogie – Studies from Rome’ opening Jan. 17

“Jon Brogie – Studies from Rome” January 17, 2019-February 22, 2019
Free and Open to the Public
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 17, 6-9 PM

Long Island City, NY – Eleventh Street Arts is pleased to announce a new exhibition, Jon Brogie – Studies from Rome, showcasing work from 2017 Alma Schapiro Prize winner Jon Brogie created during his 3-month stay at the American Academy in Rome. The exhibition features over 30 drawings and paintings made on location from a selection of Rome’s most iconic masterpieces.

Jon Brogie was born in southern California in 1989 and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. He earned his undergraduate degree in Fine Art from Arizona State University, where he graduated with honors in 2011. The following year he moved to New York City to study drawing and painting under Jacob Collins at the Grand Central Atelier. He graduated in 2016, and is currently a resident artist at GCA in Long Island City, New York. In 2017 Jon was awarded the Alma Schapiro Prize, a biannual affiliated fellowship at the American Academy in Rome. Jon’s work is exhibited at Eleventh Street Arts in New York and is in private collections across the country.