Pickman Building, Forest Hills, NYC

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This mid-century office building is located at 118-21 Queens Boulevard, just down the street from Queensborough Hall. It was designed by Samuel S. Arlen and built from 1963-66 by the Whitehall Terrace Association as developer.  Arlen did housing in Harlem, Yonkers and White Plains among other projects. He attended MIT and Columbia and founded his own firm by 1946. Records indicate that Arlen also designed the Pickman residence in 1951 in Kings Point, NY which may be how this job came about, as his firm generally didn’t do a lot of commercial office buildings. The building is named for Morton Pickman, who’s family company developed numerous residential developments throughout Queens and still exists as Pickman Realty Corporation, unsurprisingly located here in the Pickman Building. The building is clad in white and blue glazed brick and seems largely unaltered including the marble clad entrance.

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