In mid-July, the agency issued a stop-work order, along with at least nine building code violations.
"The developers, we feel, have no interest in working with this community or even being a part of it and have no interest in assuring that Kew Gardens remains a great place to live," Dauphin told the protestors. "They only want a profit and to continue what has become the overdevelopment of Queens."
Crane accidents and concerns about damage by the construction to their 50-year-old structure is also on the minds of the residents of the 134-unit building, Fraenkel said.
Kew Gardens neighborhood protests 21 story planned hotel
The planned tower is allowed under present zoning, but that doesn't mean it's appropriate, said City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside).
"The zoning for this particular site is wrong. The zoning should be changed to better reflect the character of the neighborhood and the traffic patterns that are here," Avella said.
"This neighborhood cannot handle that much more congestion, traffic, pollution."