Since I started looking at apartments here in 2008, I don't think I've seen as much as a cigarette butt on the sidewalk or a dust bunny in the laundry room! I was completely bowled over by how clean everything was the first time I visited the complex. Yeah, the lobbies are dated, but they're clean and they don't smell like boiled cabbage and cigarettes like most NYC buildings. The flower beds have nice landscaping, the snow is shoveld as soon as it hits the ground, and everything inside and outside the complex is safely lit at night.
My personal favorite things about BG are:
Trade Fair - you can't do better than being across the street from a newly renovated, huge grocery store open 24/7. You can find everything you want in there, in addition to tons of stuff you won't recognize.
Hot water - There is virtually limitless hot water at any hour. I've never had a cold shower here, which was a problem in every other building I've lived in. Just that makes my mortgage worth it.
Laundry - The laundry rooms are open from 7am to 10pm, the machines are cheaper than a laundromat, and you almost never have to wait.
No pollution - no matter what unit you live in, there is little to no noise or air pollution from traffic because the buildings are set back from the street. In the courtyard, it's rare if you ever hear a fire truck or screaming child, definitely never a drunk bar-goer in the evening. Sometimes you can hear your neighbors, but that's unavoidable.
The views - You can see some or all of the Manhattan skyline from almost 50% of the units in BG. I can see the Empire State Building from my living room window (if I get on my toes).
The size - It's not a palace, it's a well-priced one bedroom in New York. In BG, you'll get at least three very large closets and a kitchen with more than enough space for an active cook. The bedrooms will easily fit a full bedroom set. I fit about 35 people in my place for my housewarming party, and they weren't stacked vertically.
As for the NYCHA housing across the street , it is some of the safest and best maintained in the five boroughs. There isn't one mark of graffiti anywhere on the buildings, the playground, or the community garden they keep. One of my best friends is an NYPD officer who moved into BG with his fiance this summer, and he clearly thinks it's safe enough for her and the baby they'll eventually have. I'm a little white girl, and I'm not any more worried in this neighborhood than anywhere else in Manhattan or Astoria - which is to say, not really at all. The only crime you'll see here is loitering, if you call chatting outside with your neighbors a crime!
All in all, if you want something bigger you'll have to move further away from Manhattan or the more hip neighborhoods like Astoria and Jackson Heights. My advice is to pounce on a place here before everyone else figures out how great it is.
Have lived here forever and this is an incredible development. Not sure if you purchased already or not. Super Police/Firefighter neighborhood and most poeple who move in never move out. I own in one of the buildings. If you are still interested there are many apartments insiders can get that sell cheaper because they sell them on there own. Let me know. Joe
there was a time there that you couldn't even give away an apartment there, so then the co-op board gave it out in lotteries, which wasn't fair to the previous owners who had to bear enourmous maintenance charges.the complex was heading for bankruptcy, which was restructured, but there's never enough money in the reserves for present and future expenditures, and the ineptness of handling such matters and fraud either intentionallly of supidity, will increase your maintenance for years to come.
the buildings are from 1930's and there's plumbing problems with constant leaks in the walls. so even though renovated, you'll always be required to have to break through the walls to get to the problems and even the ceilings have collapsed are have constant water damage.
it may be close to transportation, but it's dangerous there from evening on walking from Northern Blvd. there's constant muggings, attempted rapes, car thefts are normal. it's opposite a housing project, and there's always violence including shootings. there's only on street parking, and the school takes that up. the schools are terrible, and then the kids from the school are even worst, the deliquents that roams the properties and actually destroys "the gardens" while the so-called private security turns they're heads.
it's very noisy there especially in the summer months, with the co-op kids taking over the complex grounds and their parents who sit outside at all hours not controlling them.
instead of it being called, "Boulevard Gardens", it should be called Boulevard Horror Show". and the prices of these apartments are unbelievable to live in this HELL!
like the city, there is plenty to do in queens, Queens mall is only 5 stops away. Down on 30th ave, you have places to eat , a supermarket that opens 24 hrs, and you keep walking down into astoria, and you'll find more restaurants, bar/lounges. You can even go further into long island city, and find places, all close by, you can cab home or take a subway. I believe BG value will only go up. Brooklyn's overpriced, and soon people will be flocking to queens, and the Boulevard Gardens at Woodside is a great deal!!