As Councilman Monserrate suggests, Elmhurst has not turned into one of those hot real estate markets. The buildings have more wear than similar-aged structures in neighboring communities. The chrome on lobby entrances rarely gets polished. Lobbies look tired.
Will Elmhurst get noticed?
At first glance, Elmhurst appears ugly. There's a windowless Bell Atlantic tan box of a building in front of a public park lined by wiry trees and prewar condos. Signs for stores are so numerous you could be in 10 countries at once.
On the side streets, however, the area's past gives its present a welcoming charm. Around one corner, there's a 90-year-old community center with 20-feet white columns on a small triangular park. Around another, a Jain Buddhist temple. One home's old wooden garage was built for 1930 automobiles.
At sunset, the dirty black bricks of the six-story apartment buildings turn deep red and almost dark pink. At night, it's peaceful.
Uh, sounds like heaven... Here's more:
I was doing some research at work today and came upon your site. Let me tell you, it is a breath of fresh air that I find like-minded individuals who feel the same about their dear old Queens. I am an Architectural Designer that works for a exterior restoration/interiors firm. I have lived in Queens all my life. I have seen my neighborhood transform from friendly neighbors, knowing your local butcher, and the postman (Jack was his name) to a cesspool of an overcrowded & overburden neighborhood, where people don't necessarily respect their neighbors or their homes. I live on the Elmhurst/Jackson Heights border by Elmhurst Hospital. There is a monstrosity being built on my corner and I feel helpless since it already passed through the DOB. Where is the Zoning Regulation board I ask? I cannot begin to explain the feelings I have for my dear old neighborhood. So I ask, What can I do to help fight the good fight and take back my Queens? I see this in all neighborhoods. Once again I ask, Where is the Zoning Regulation Board? I was also a Residential Designer, so I'm familiar with the DOB and Zoning Laws. I'm am soo tired of this crap. Ugh! What can I do to help or fight the good fight?
A disgruntled, disenchanted Elmhurst Resident for about 28 yrs. and I won't give up my neighborhood...."