From Africa to Queens Waterfront, a Modernist Gem for Sale to the Highest Bidder
By WILLIAM L. HAMILTON
For anyone still looking for a house for the summer, something very exclusive is about to come up in Queens.
Tomorrow, the Maison Tropicale, a small aluminum-paneled house built in 1951 by Jean Prouvé, a French designer and the current court favorite of well-heeled contemporary art and design collectors internationally, is being opened to the public for preview in Long Island City. Christie's, the auction house, will offer it for sale on June 5. The presale estimate is $4 million to $6 million.
Street Level | Little Neck
All the Aches of Old Age, and Now One More
By JEFF VANDAM
AT 10:30 Thursday morning, with the temperature in Little Neck, Queens, hovering at freezing, the only person to be seen on Northern Boulevard was Joan Sullivan, age 83.
Sporting a pink felt bucket hat, beige gloves and a matching parka studded with United States Olympic team buttons, Ms. Sullivan was heading out to do errands. With a small shopping cart in tow, she gazed across the street at an empty storefront that has everyone in the neighborhood talking - at least everyone beyond retirement age.
Until early last month, the storefront was home to an Eckerd Pharmacy, the neighborhood's only remaining drugstore. But unlike residents of many Queens neighborhoods who are trying to get rid of chain stores, residents of Little Neck wanted Eckerd to stay. Now, prescriptions must be shuttled over to the CVS in Douglaston, about a half-mile away, and a big red banner bearing the words "Coming Soon: Staples - That was easy" has been draped over the spot where Eckerd's logo was.
By SAM ROBERTS
Published: October 1, 2006
Across the country, the income gap between blacks and whites remains wide, and nowhere more so than in Manhattan. But just a river away, a very different story is unfolding.
In Queens, the median income among black households, nearing $52,000 a year, has surpassed that of whites in 2005, an analysis of new census data shows. No other county in the country with a population over 65,000 can make that claim. The gains among blacks in Queens, the city’s quintessential middle-class borough, were driven largely by the growth of two-parent families and the successes of immigrants from the West Indies. Many live in tidy homes in verdant enclaves like Cambria Heights, Rosedale and Laurelton, just west of the Cross Island Parkway and the border with Nassau County.