Scaffolding up at 11-06 45th Road

We last checked in on 11-22 45th Road a/k/a 11-06 45th Road back in January when facade work was revealed on the south side of the buildings.1 When we stopped by last week, we saw that construction on the north side is starting to catch up, with construction crews putting up pipe scaffolding, as seen in the photo below.

Here’s more details about the site from New York YIMBY:2

Plans were filed on Friday for 12 two-family townhouses at 45-35 11th Street, a couple blocks from the Court Square subway stop. They’ll replace a series of one- and two-story factory buildings that stretch from 46th Avenue to 45th Road and occupy roughly half the block between 11th Street and 21st Street. Every four-story home will have a cellar and a duplex on the first two floors, topped by a triplex. The construction floor area of each house will be 4,470 square feet, according to permits, and the whole development will span 140,272 square feet.

11-06 45th Road

A view of 11-06 45th Road

11-22 45th Road

Rendering for 11-22 45th Road


Construction permits filed for mixed-use build at 23-20 Jackson Avenue

We last checked in on 23-20 Jackson Avenue when signage had appeared on the site advertising available space for Jackson Square, an 83,000 square food mixed-use office/retail space dubbed Jackson Square NYC.1 Plans are now moving ahead, with new filings with the Department of Buildings last week calling for a mixed-use commercial building that will rise nine floors and contain 61,286 of commercial space.2 Abatement is underway on site, and a sidewalk shed has been installed, as seen in the photos below.

New York YIMBY was the first to spot the permits over the weekend and offered the following details:3

The new structure will dedicate 65,000 square feet of newly built space toward residential units, a hotel, and dormitory spaces. The entire building itself is set to yield 82,851 square feet. It will be designed by KSQ Architects. The upcoming building will have 72 residential units, each averaging around 902 square feet, most likely making them rentals.

23-20 Jackson Avenue

Abatement is underway at 23-20 Jackson Avenue

23-20 Jackson Avenue

A view of 23-20 Jackson Avenue


Xi’an Famous Foods to open at 26-19 Jackson Avenue on Saturday, March 30

Xi’an Famous Foods will be opening at 26-19 Jackson Avenue on Saturday, March 30, according to its Instagram feed.

“Our 15th location at 26-19 Jackson Ave. will finally be having its grand opening on 3/30/19!” says the post. “And we will also be soft-opened a few days before grand opening…”

Construction finished on the project in February in the former home of See.Me art gallery, which closed in late 2015.1 Rockrose owns the retail space.

Here’s more about Xi’an foods from its website:2

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.

26-19 Jackson Avenue

A view of 26-19 Jackson Avenue


114th Precinct Build the Block Event: Neighborhood Policing & Safety Meeting

The 114th Precinct will be hosting a discussion of public safety challenges in our neighborhood on Wednesday, March 27th. Doors open for refreshments at 4:30PM and the meeting begins at 5PM. The meeting will be held at Queens Public Library – LIC Branch, which is located at 37-44 21st Street in Long Island City.

This is a new way of doing business for the NYPD and they’re requesting your help to make it work. They want to hear from a broad range of voices about what it will take to make our residents feel safe and secure. Learn more about the 114th Precinct.


Book Culture LIC: TGIF Happy Hour with Massa’s Pizzeria

LIC: TGIF Happy Hour with Massa’s Pizzeria
03/22/2019 – 6:00pm to 7:30pm
26-09 Jackson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

What better way to celebrate the end of the week than with some books and booze?! Come visit Book Culture LIC on Friday, March 22nd from 6pm-7:30pm and sample some signature cocktails from our friends at Massa’s Coal-Fired Pizzeria & Bar while you browse.