Category Archives: QUEENS

BOOK REVIEW: Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes

NEW YORK HAS BEEN CHANGING FAST, in large part due to the soon-to-end 12-year reign of the not-entirely-beloved but undeniably greenery-conscious Mayor Bloomberg. Under his tenure, 750,000 trees have been planted and there have been innumerable improvements to the city’s … Continue reading

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Yachting Around Manhattan with the AIA

I LEARNED MANY NEW THINGS on Classic Harbor Line‘s architecture-focused “Around Manhattan Now” cruise last Friday, and was reminded of others I once knew but had forgotten. For example: the Statue of Liberty never gets old. She just doesn’t. Every … Continue reading

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Rockaway Bungalow Storm Story

TWO WEEKS AFTER SANDY, my friend M., who has invested huge sums of money and energy fixing up a 1930s bungalow, above, in the far reaches of Queens, New York, has just had her first experience with FEMA. A few … Continue reading

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Rainy Day Rockaway, Part II

MORE OF FAR ROCKAWAY, with its stock of c.1920s beach bungalows. We start with the stylish cedar-sided, tin-roofed surfer shack, above, and visit an enclave tucked behind and a few steps above Beach 24th Street, where the houses have some … Continue reading

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Rainy Day Rockaway, Part I

VINTAGE BEACH BUNGALOWS in New York City. Yes, they still exist, though in numbers much smaller than they used to, and on only two blocks in any significant concentration: Beach 24th and 25th Streets in Far Rockaway, in the distant … Continue reading

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Rockaway Bungalow Reno: Before & During

What M.’s bungalow looked like when she bought it in January of this year. The green X’s alert firefighters that the house is unoccupied. …and how it looked last week, with a ‘rough coat’ of stucco. THIS WORK-IN-PROGRESS, an early … Continue reading

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