Tearing down churches and replacing them with "senior housing" has been standard practice in Astoria for the past few years. The latest is HANAC's effort to raze the Presbyterian Church of Astoria at 31-30 33rd St. This article in a Queens weekly, makes it sound as though the neighborhood and elected officials can't wait to see the old place go. And with the price tag for the development, it's clear why.
Here's some background on the issue.