Montclair Gardens

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Montclair Gardens is a pre-war cooperative apartment residence located on 75th Street, just north of 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights, Queens. It has 113 studio, one, and two bedroom apartments, with 9' ceilings, hardwood floors, arched doorways, and other pre-war architectural details.

The building's architect Philip Birnbaum, was known for the the efficiency of his apartment layouts.

The building is two blocks from the 74th-Street / Roosevelt Avenue-Jackson Heights transit hub, with access to the E, F, M, R and 7 trains.

Building Facts and Amenities[edit]

  • Built in 1941
  • 6 stories, 113 units
  • Common garden area
  • 2 elevators
  • 2 laundry rooms
  • 2 recycling centers in basement
  • Party room / communal space
  • Live-in superintendent
  • Pet friendly (with restrictions)
  • Storage units available in basement
  • Bicycle storage available in basement
  • Domestic waste chutes on each floor
  • Subleasing by Board Approval
  • 2% Flip Tax

Garden Policies[edit]

Unlike The Towers or Dunnoly Gardens, which are multiple building co-op complexes, Montclair Gardens shares the garden space with three other buildings. Each individual building (2 co-ops and 2 rentals) is its own financial and legal entity.

The two co-op buildings (Montclair Gardens and Colonial Court) share the costs of garden upkeep for the common garden area between their two buildings. This area serves as a type of pocket neighborhood with gardening projects in common and occasional social events. But in most ways each individual building is a separate and distinct unit unto itself. The 2 rental buildings share the northern 1/3 of the garden area, with resident access limited, and garden care rare (it's a jungle up there).

Formal rules prescribe labeling the Montclair portion of the garden as "child friendly," but as it is a shared space, and enforcement is irregular. You are allowed to entertain, but not to cook, in the garden. Significant violations of the garden perspective will be frowned and ultimately acted upon.

Regular meetings are held with the sister co-op gardening committee, with ongoing conversations about night lighting, tree placement and care, garden layout and use.

Transportation[edit]

The building is 2 blocks from the 74th-Street / Roosevelt Avenue-Jackson Heights transit hub, with access to the E, F, M, R, and 7 subway trains. Midtown Manhattan can be reached in under 20 minutes.

  • Parking: There are no building provided parking spaces. There are a limited number of parking lots and garages in the vicinity. On-street parking spaces are very limited - it can take a half hour to find a space. Alternate side parking regulations, which require moving the car to facilitate street cleaning once per week, facilitate parking for those with accommodating schedules, but make on-street parking a challenge for most.
  • Highways: The building is 0.5 mi from the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, 1.1 mi from the Grand Central Parkway, and 1.5 mi from the Long Island Expressway.
  • Bicycle: The 34th Avenue bike route passes the front of the building and continues west to Manhattan via the Queensboro Bridge, and east to Flushing Meadows and the Brooklyn-Queens Greenway system.
  • LGA Airport: 10 minutes by taxi, 25 minutes by bus (Q33 and Q47).
  • JFK Airport: 25 minutes by taxi, 45 minutes by subway (take the E train at Roosevelt Avenue Station to the to Airtrain in Jamaica).

Neighborhood[edit]

Jackson Heights is one of the most diverse and vibrant neighborhoods in New York City. The neighborhood, planned during the early 20th century, offers a unique mix of traditional ethnic eateries, independent coffee/wine shops, tree-lined streets, attached and free standing homes in the northern section and pre-war apartments in the southern. There is a weekly Greenmarket, and a beautifully-kept enclosed green space at local Travers Park.

History[edit]

Originally, Montclair Gardens and its sister building Colonial Court were adorned with shudders and flower boxes on the windows of several front apartments, finials stood at the rooftop, and a carved spread-winged wooden eagle hung over the entrance ways. In the shared garden a 40' flagpole stands on an embankment at the south end of the rear garden, with a fountain and two 55 foot pools centered on the property. While the shudders and flower boxes were removed over the decades, the ruins of the fountain remain. Residents advocate for their replacement, refurbishment, or reuse. Pictures of the building in its original splendor are sought by residents of these co-ops.

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