The building at left used to be an auto body shop. There also used to be an illegal apartment on the second floor. I haven't seen architecture quite this tacky along Metropolitan Avenue since the Crifasi Building went up across the street some years back. This baby is now owned by - who else - J&P REALTY OF QUEENS, which explains the initials at the top of the facade. It's located at 79-54 Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village.
There was some painting done yesterday and they left a square patch of the mural that was on the wall untouched for some reason.
This is what it used to look like. You can click on the photo to see the whole image in hi-res. Perhaps it's a bit over the top, but considering how devastating 9/11 was to this community, how much work obviously went into the mural and that it was created in response to the worst terrorist attack in this nation's history, would it have killed them to just let it be?
Update: As of Tuesday afternoon, the entire mural has been painted over.