Friday, August 10, 2007

The crapping of Niederstein's: it ain't over yet!

16 units of housing as well as a "community facility" on the ground floor will soon be located at 66-83 70th Street in Middle Village.
This was the former Nieder- stein's parking lot.
When Pinky got the Middle Village rezoning plan to review, he made sure that this area was left R5 so that this ugly thing could get built. As you can see from the photos, there are much smaller houses along this stretch of Metro.
A follow-up rezoning was pushed for by locals, and now it's in an R4-1 zone, which would not have allowed this type of structure. But it's too late - the crap is in full swing.

6 comments:

rob said...

Damn. Where was the local civic association when this was happening? They're as much to blame as the politician. How they'd let this slide through their grip?

Anonymous said...

Now the site is really dead
and will be joining the cemeteries behind it.

Gallagher's position on Niederstein's
certainly helped bury his political "career" !

Anonymous said...

Actually, Gallagher was busy selling out to developers at that point. If it wasn't for the Juniper Park Civic Association noticing the problem with the zoning, there would never have been a rezoning of that area from R5 to R4-1. Thank you JPCA!

Blauthaus west said...

"Now the site is really dead
and will be joining the cemeteries behind it."
Amen. First, it was my Opa's business off the corner of Juniper Blvd. South and 69th St., across from the Lutheran Cemetery in '99; now this.
The family knew the Crappification was happening when a Fedders special nudged Opa's property to the East in the '70s. And the vacant lot to the West was prime for development (hint). Flash forward...end-to-end crappification on Juniper Blvd. South from 69th Pl. to 69th St.
I went to my Onkel Kurt and Tante Anna's 50th wedding anniversary At Neiderstein's back in '80. Given all this "development", when I take my wife and child back to MidVil next year, they're going to wonder if I'm lost in a Faulkner novel every time I point to a Fedders special and reminisce -- versus saying "what was the architect/builder thinking?" (BTW, I grew up reluctantly on the second floor of a 3-story Fedders special in Glendale.)
Seems Mr. Gallagher is going to need every penny he earned in kickbacks to pay for his legal fees -- which I envision will include alimony.
Kudos to Christina Wilkinson, forgotten-ny.com Queens correspondent (and maps.google.com's satellite views)for bringing these issues to the attention of those 3,000 miles away.

Anonymous said...

At least it's partially hidden by some trees...for now.

JEFF COSTIGAN said...

CANT BELIEVE NEIDERSTEINS IS GONE. I LIVED IN RICHMOND HILL WHEN I WAS A KID AND I WENT THERE MANY A TIME, BEST FOOD IN THE CITY. WAS LAST THERE SPRING 1991, MY FATHER TOOK ME THERE WITH CLOSE PEOPLE I KNOW. WAS A FEW DAYS BEFORE I HAD TO REPORT TO BOOT CAMP, THE NAVY. ONE OF THE BEST TIMES I EVER ATE AT A RESTAURANT IN MY LIFE. ONLY 2 GERMAN RESTAURANTS LEFT IN QUEENS, ZUM STAMTTISH & CHALET ALPINA. BUT THERE WAS SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT NIEDERSTEINS. VERY SAD TO SEE IT GONE!!