For decades, there was a Carvel store in Maspeth on Grand Avenue at 64th Street. Next door was an Italian Restaurant called Pat's. The same family owned both properties. The supposed plan is to put the food establishments back into the ground floor once completed.
Community Board 5 strangely voted in the owner's favor; they voted 23-16 for the variance for this piece of Queens Crap. Rumor has it that members of the board were pressured by Councilman Dennis Gallagher into voting in favor of it. It was beaten back to as-of-right height at BSA by community leaders. Since then, there have been a litany of complaints about the site, where both workers and the public at large have been endangered.