Another unofficial Queens landmark has bit the dust, to be replaced with a development that local residents say they neither want nor need.
The Frozen Cup, an ice cream parlor at 249-05 Jericho Turnpike in Bellerose, has been sold to a developer, who will use the corner property to build a hotel. Long-time residents say it was in business at least 50 years and remained popular throughout its existence.
The Frozen Cup closes; to be replaced by hotel
Michael [Augugliaro], a board member of the Joint Bellerose Business District Development Corp., said the ice cream parlor’s owner chose to close the facility in the winter. “There were always lines in the summer,” he said. “A new owner took over a couple of years ago and he wasn’t too friendly and didn’t want to get involved with the community.”
The Augugliaros and others believe the neighborhood is already oversaturated with hotels and would like to see a more community-friendly business go in. The Quality Inn has 41 rooms. The one to replace The Frozen Cup — which will be a Days Inn —would have 44 to 45 rooms and is on a smaller piece of property.
There is a third hotel, just over the Nassau County border, a mile away from the other ones.
Because the area is zoned C8-1, Patel can build as of right. Residents fear there will not be enough parking and the height of the building will change the character of the neighborhood.