Residents of Dutch Kills, a postage stamp of a neighborhood near Queens Plaza in the western part of the borough, love its abundant light and low-rise charm. So with construction under way on a 16-story hotel with a curving glass facade at the corner of 39th Avenue and 29th Street, the local reception is not universally warm.
For a Raft of New Hotels, the Sound of Grumbling
In the past two years, developers have applied for permits to build hotels on at least 14 local sites, most of them in an eight-block area. The permits indicate that many of these structures would rise at least nine stories high. Construction is under way at several sites.
Steven Bahar, one of the developers, said critics should consider the alternative to such construction. “If we don’t build in New York and the areas that are close to mass transit,” he said, “where are the city planners supposed to put development? In the suburbs, where people use cars and destroy the environment?”
Good point. We all know people in Queens don't own cars and the environment is pristine.