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Five story residential building to go up on Astoria Blvd., warehouse to be demolished

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March 24, 2017 Staff Report

A developer filed plans with the city Thursday to build a new mixed-use five-story building in Astoria, bringing more apartments and commercial space to the neighborhood.

According to the plans filed with the Department of Buildings, the property at 22-02 Astoria Boulevard will be redeveloped in to a five-story building with 16 apartments and commercial space on the first floor.

The plans show that each floor would have four apartments, and the first floor would have 943 square feet of retail space.

The building would have a total of 16,078 square feet of residential space, which means that each apartment would be about 1,000 square feet.

Under the proposal there would also be an eight car parking garage on the first floor, a laundry room and fitness center in the cellar, and a recreation area on the rooftop.

The new building will replace the Furniture Market that is currently on the site.

Correction: This story initially said that the site was currently a warehouse when it is the Furniture Market, a used furniture store.

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Anonymous

I remember purchasing a piece of furniture there years ago. The owner there was kind enough to lower the price after haggling for a while, but after that, her attitude stunk. The table we bought lasted for about half a decade, and for $50 too. Right afterwards, we never came back. For this place to be turned into a 5 story building is both a travesty and a wake up call. Former, because so many other places are turning up like that for high rent, and that’s a fact. Latter, because we need to stop the city in making our town look like downtown Brooklyn/Queensboro Plaza. This isn’t what we lived here for…

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Dominique

Never was a warehouse!! As a child, I walked by there every day and it was a clothing store called Nadel’s. I can still see the glass eyed mannequins in the store windows. Current staff in that Furniture Mart has always been friendly. Once they start building, the traffic congestion will be a nightmare in that area!

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Paula

Oh joy it has parking!!! Only 8 spaces!!! All those apartments and only 8 parking spaces???? Some families have more than one car. As for that thrift shop. I went in there a few times. Very very expensive. Now he can take all his crap to a warehouse!!! I do realize that the rent must be high there. But when you try to charge $125 for a little beat up table. There is a problem!!!
I have lived here 44 yrs my whole life. I am really really getting sick of all of these changes!!!
R.i.p Astoria. I am sure the name will change too.

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Anonymous

I am with Mary- Seriously? The furniture market there is a beloved local institution and this article doesn’t even name it!

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NYCJay

I just thought of this place yesterday as I passed by. It’s been a thrift shop for decades. The only good news based on the article is the building will have parking space.

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Mary T Finn

Please get your facts straight. This building has NEVER served as a warehouse. It was an old trolley barn that was later used as retail by some small thrift-store like operations. I lived in the area for over 50 years and not far from that structure either.

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yasss

yeah, and the woman who owns the second hand store is no joy to deal with either.
Her store isn’t a huge loss, but the new building wont even bring many apartments or much retail space.
Waste of money

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JK

That’s not a small thrift store operation if you’ve been gone for awhile from Astoria, it’s 2 floors and pretty impressive for a shop. The family running it have been there for decades. By 2026, Astoria will have lost all that made it worth living in.

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Mary T Finn

None. It’s never BEEN a factory. It was originally a trolley barn, then housed a series of small stories. The space is very low-rise, but spread out. The original structure has already been mutilated by having one end chopped off. There goes the rest. So far as jobs lost in the store, maybe a couple. Not a big store. Second hand furniture there.

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