To The Editor (of the Queens Tribune):
In all the praise going to the Novo64 development in Forest Hills, not one critical voice appears in the local press. Should your readers assume that the long lines for the Q23 bus and the crowded conditions inside the 71st-Continental Avenue subway station are worth the price of having another shiny new condo tower?
A month ago, I wrote a letter to Councilwoman Melinda Katz about the ugly conditions of the subway station, and have yet to receive a reply. Another concern is the growth of banks and pharmacies on Austin Street, taking the place of grocery stores and supermarkets. I suppose that with Fresh Direct doing the shopping for you, there really is no need for supermarkets anymore.
While Manhattanites can boast of having its island ringed by a string of park trails, much of the waterfront in Whitestone and College point is owned by luxury townhouse developers who have spelling problems. Can someone please explain why “Soundview Pointe” is purposely misspelled? Should we assume that when an extra E is added, it makes the place appear fancy?
In Maspeth, a church dating to 1847 is being razed in favor of more housing. Who needs a church or a community center when all the amenities you need are inside your new luxury condo?
How much more development can the city cram into Queens before it recognizes that it is hurting our quality of life?