8 The QUEE NS Courier • june 16, 2016 for breaking news visit www.qns.com Get the scoop on this year’s Independence Day fireworks show in Bayside By Brianna Ellis firstname.lastname@example.org/@briinformed Set sparks to your summer fun with an exciting fireworks show and concert in Bayside! Sponsored by Councilman Paul Vallone and the Bayside Historical Society, the Second Annual Independence Day Fireworks Show and Concert at Fort Totten Park will take place on Wednesday, June 29, at 5 p.m. This inaugural event will top last year’s celebration, with bigger and better fireworks being launched two times higher from a barge on Little Neck Bay. The 15-minute Fireworks by Grucci show will begin promptly at 9:15 p.m. “I can’t imagine a better way to kick-start the summer than with a fireworks show and concert in Fort Totten. For a second straight year, residents in northeast Queens won’t have to travel far to enjoy world-class fireworks with friends, family and neighbors,” Vallone said in a June 14 news release. “These types of family events really bring the community together in celebration and I thank everybody who has worked tirelessly to organize the event, as well as everybody who will be working and volunteering on June 29 to ensure everything goes off without a hitch.” The concert will include performances by the MichelleMarie RockBand Camp and Phil Costa & Something Special Band with high-quality lighting and sound. Guests should bring their blankets, lawn chairs and picnic-related items. Feel free to choose from various vendors and vending trucks that will offer food, snacks and beverages. However, alcoholic drinks are not permitted and all bags, coolers, backpacks and more will be inspected before your entrance. It is recommended that visitors travel by foot, bus or bike since a large turnout is expected. Drivers may park in the Little Bay Parking Lot, the Clearview Golf Course and the Bay Terrace Shopping Center from 5 p.m. Shuttle services by Vallo Transportation will bring guests to and from the offsite parking locations beginning at 6 p.m. “We’re proud to partner with Council member Vallone to once again host this historic concert and fireworks show in Fort Totten. This year will be even bigger and better than last year,” said Paul DiBenedetto, president of the Bayside Historical Society, in a June 14 news release. Bayside’s Anchor Inn hotel was sold for nearly $16M ONSITE DOCTORS • EYE EXAMS • CONTACTS • 1 HOUR SERVICE • VISION PLANS ACCEPTED • SUNGLASSES • LOWEST PRICES st of the 2013 THE QUEENS QueensCourier.com Place WE ARE A GVS & DAVIS VISION PROVIDER S p r i n g I n t o S a v i n g s ! 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Expires 7/7/16 By Brianna Ellis email@example.com @briinformed The latest big real estate deal to drop anchor in Bayside involves the Anchor Inn, which was recently sold for nearly $16 million. The hotel, located at 215- 34 Northern Blvd., has been a staple in the Bayside neighborhood for nearly 50 years. In the transaction, 215 Northern Property LLC sold the property for approximately $15.9 million to a yet-to-be identified buyer. New York Real Estate Journal (NYREJ) first reported this story. Charles Chang, a senior director at Highcap Group who acted as the broker in the transaction, explained that the property is located in the flexible C2-2/R6B zoning, which allows for multiple potential uses. According to Chang, the new owner may decide to build an additional floor and add 44 rooms, which would increase the total number of rooms to 110 rooms and expand the total floor area to 40,000 square feet. Chang told The Courier that extra parking would not be added to the building. The hotel was sold at $241,000 per room. The two-story building extends 27,000 square feet with an additional 13,000 square feet of air rights. The property is located west of the Cross Island Parkway within walking distance of the Long Island Rail Road Bayside Station. It also entails 200 feet of frontage on Northern Boulevard, a busy thoroughfare near the main shopping district on Bell Boulevard. NYREJ reported that the hotel was under a long-term ownership for close to 50 years. This, however, is incorrect because the public records show that Northern Motor Inn Inc. sold the property as recently as in April 2016 to 215 Northern Property LLC for $14.1 million. A spokesperson at Queens Community Board 11, which serves the Bayside area, said that the board was unaware of the property sale. The plan was also unknown to the general manager at Anchor Inn, who preferred not to comment any further. Managers at nearby restaurants Pizza Hut and Quiznos seemed certain that their businesses would not be affected by Anchor Inn’s closing deal. Google Maps Anchor Inn hotel in Bayside sold for $15.9M last week.
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