On a bone-chilling day, Bellerose residents had ice cream on their mind as they gathered to protest plans to replace a cherished neighborhood landmark with a hotel.
Youngsters held up a homemade sign on Saturday saying “Save our Frozen Cup,” the 58-year-old ice cream stand set to be demolished and replaced by a 45-room Days Inn hotel. Their parents and other adults, numbering around 70, braved the cold temperatures to protest the hotel, which they say is not needed or wanted in the neighborhood.
I scream, you scream; people want Frozen Cup
Elizabeth Mancini, a board member of the Queens Colony Civic Association, collected signatures on a petition to stop construction of the facility. She noted that there are two hotels nearby, between 257th and 249th streets on Jericho Turnpike.
The Frozen Cup, located at 249-05 Jericho Turnpike, closed at the end of the summer and was sold to Harshed Patel. Patel recently completed another hotel, a Quality Inn, that is located a few blocks away. Another hotel, just over the Nassau County border, is located a mile away.
“With two other hotels within seven blocks from this location, we feel there is no need for another facility,” Mancini said. “A hotel in this location would change the demographics of this neighborhood from residential to transient by bringing an influx of people into our suburban area and will bring down the valuation of our homes.”