Monday, April 17, 2006

Old world looking Astoria

Walking down 36th Street the other day made me feel like i was back in Portugal, maybe even Deutschland somewhere. I had never really looked around this block that is known for its sprawling front yards. The buildings there really are cool to look at. This top one is just so random that it sticks out like a sore thumb, well its not so sore cause i think the building is really quite nice to look at-it just may be on the wrong block is all.This bottom photo could really be in a Portuguese aldeia
So yeah, take a look around now that the weather is getting oh so much better! There are so many really cool things in this neighborhood. Being first generation in America, its really cool for me to see that i can still get the "feel" of my family's world in my world. There's no place i'd rather be!
(the sentimental-ness of this post has got to me my allergy medication kicking in, i want to be out more checking out stuff but i'm stuck indoors quite a bit...stir crazy maybe? dang flowers!)

14 comments:

JR said...

Hi Flooz,

Lots of Germans (Steinway and more) lived, worked, and built in Astoria in early 20th century. But I can't tell -- is that top photo a more recent construction?

Very cool to see the photos.

John

floozigrl said...

hiya jr
from what i can tell, the top photo may be one of the buildings that caused a hub bub in the nabe. i've heard there were issues a little while back with building a tall structure somewhere there, so i am assuming that might have been the one. it def looks pretty new.

Zora said...

The building in that top photo is the one that caused the ruckus. That block (36th St south of 30th Ave) is one of the few in Astoria that's still consistently all one style, and a particularly nice block in general. So when the new building was proposed, the neighbors got pissed and tried to get it stopped, to no avail.

I walked around in the new building before they rented it out--pretty nicely done, it seemed. It is just a shame how freakish it looks on that block--especially considering there are so many already-messed-up blocks in the neighborhood that it could've been on.

Anonymous said...

Portugal? Germany? naw, those are places that value their history and their urban fabric.

The block was OUTRAGED this went up, a fact that seems to get only a glancing mention.

This is typical of the junk thats going up throughout Queens (strange, this type of housing only seems to get praise in Astoria)

Actually, this building is known throughout the city in community forums:

"Next slide please."
(lecturer with a smirk) "Astoria" (tittering audience)

floozigrl said...

well the glancing mention is because i wasn't in on the ruckus, if i had a firsthand account of it then i'd be more prone to get into it. i'm not a big fan of all the ridiculous housing that is going on either, i just was making an aesthetic comment on the building itself-not the issue's behind it.

Joey said...

There were huge banners up on that block that said something like "new buildings ruins our look" for ages. They were right, too.

Anonymous said...

I live on that block, and this building really is a shame. People were livid, but to no avail. The banners across the street were pretty funny, but ultimately ineffective.

Anonymous said...

"The Zoning Book Ruins our Look" I believe the banners said.

The politicians did show up --- and did little more than mouth platitudes.

The community board signaled no interest in getting involved.

The newspapers recorded the developers deadpan as he assured us this will provide funds for his children's college education.

Anonymous said...

Actually find this offensive, to be honest, and hope this entire entry can be removed.

floozigrl said...

i'm sorry "anonymous" that you have taken offense with the exchange going on here, i know that i didn't set out to make any issues- but i don't see any reason to remove any entries here, its all opinions that people may have and i don't see anything wrong in talking about these things. I for one, am learning alot more then i knew about this part of the neighborhood and glad for it, i see this as a good thing. no offense to anyone
:)

megc said...

I see nothing offensive in this post/thread/series of comments. Oh, except when people like to complain (and not just here) under the name "anonymous." Whatever happened to accountability?

ilovegreen said...

Zoning is Astoria has been a big issue for many of us who live here. If you go to The Greater Astoria Historical Society's web site you'll can read about how inappropriately zoned neighborhoods encourage development that can really change the character of a street often to its detriment. The big building is just the beginning if appropriate zoning isn’t in place. How many of you know that 36th Street is zoned for 12 story buildings !! The street mentioned was named Norwood Gardens and developed as a planned community. There are others in Queens and we’re trying hard to save the few we have.

ilovegreen said...

Zoning is Astoria has been a big issue for many of us who live here. If you go to The Greater Astoria Historical Society's web site you'll can read about how inappropriately zoned neighborhoods encourage development that can really change the character of a street often to its detriment. The big building is just the beginning if appropriate zoning isn’t in place. How many of you know that 36th Street is zoned for 12 story buildings !! The street mentioned was named Norwood Gardens and developed as a planned community. There are others in Queens and we’re trying hard to save the few we have.

Norwood Neighborhood Association said...

A while has gone by since all the posts above but Astorians probably notice all the crazy construction going on in the neb; more cement,taller buildings, more drain on resources and services and less green! Contextual downzoning is still a big issue in Astoria. It takes a lot of commitment and effort to get a zoning change. Check out the Norwood Neighborhood Association blog; the current focus is on downzoning, but NNA looks forward to addressing other concerns residents have such as: beautification, trees, safe speed limits for cars on our streets, graffiti, etc.

http://norwoodneighborhoodassociation.blogspot.com/