For years, civic associations have been complaining about the rampant building taking place in Queens neighborhoods. The City Council and the mayors we have had thrust upon us over the past 20 years or so really didn't give a damn. They cater to the real estate industry, not the people they were elected to represent. Even if leaders at the Department of Buildings wanted to do something about the problem, they are told by our elected officials to lay off. This has been going on for more than 20 years, as evidenced by this May 11, 1986 article from the New York Times:
Queens Fears Impact of New Multifamily Dwellings.
Borough Presidents Shulman and Marshall have done absolutely nothing about this problem except admit that there is one. Well, duh!
How about this writing on the wall?
NYT, January 9, 2000: One-Family House Defended As an Endangered Species
NYT, December 28, 2000: Owner Takes the Garden Out of Garden Apartments to Add Housing
All of these pieces of evidence have led us to conclude that in NYC, there is a Conspiracy of Overdevelopment.