Residents who grew up admiring a neoclassical Long Island City bank that went up with Queens Plaza around 1910 are partly blaming themselves for its unceremonious demise.
Neighbors mourn former Long Island City Savings Bank
Many locals said they feel guilty they never contacted the city Landmarks Preservation Commission before crews recently began tearing down the former Long Island City Savings Bank to make way for what is rumored to be a hotel.
"It should have always been a landmark, but we never really did anything about it," admitted Jerry Walsh, president of the Dutch Kills Civic Association, which covers Queens Plaza.
The bank, at 29-11 Queens Plaza North, once featured a stunning boardroom, two murals by famed artist Vincent Aderante and designs of 1930s-era coins in relief, locals recalled.
"It was there in the heyday of the whole industrial revitalization and lived through its demise, too," said George Stamatiades, the community board's second vice chairman. "I can't get by this one."