Queens Crap, a blog dedicated to gripes about “overdevelopment” in the borough, recently lamented the “crappification” of Queensboro Hill, “once a beautiful suburb of Flushing.” (Actually, it was back in February, but who's keeping track?)
City blocks: 59th Avenue between Main and 138th streets, Queens
Washing his parents’ van yesterday, 17-year-old Andrew Hubert also noted the signs of encroachment: A few lots down, a house was torn down to make way for a three-story luxury condo building.
“People don’t like it,” said Hubert, who has lived here his entire life. “My parents think it’s too big and it will bring more cars on the street.”
Last year the city passed zoning changes to ensure that “future residential development is consistent with its surrounding context.” But while longtime residents may have hated new development, recent homebuyers were more welcoming, said Mario Arraya, 20, who was visiting his parents. “The new houses raised values,” he said. “People are moving in.”
Must get a quote from someone who thinks overdevelopment is great, even if it doesn't make sense! First of all, there are no "luxury" condos in Queensboro Hill - we know what's there and that the term "luxury" used to describe them is nothing more than a marketing gimmick. These are three or four-family piles of Queens Crap. Notice how they don't show a photo of the building in question, but of the non-crappified part of the nabe to show it ain't that bad. Replacing one family with four or five families doesn't benefit a neighborhood or residents that are lacking in services as it is. And the fact that developers want to build the previously mentioned piles of real estate dung certainly is not what artificially raised values of existing homes in the area. This Arraya kid has a great future in the Bloomberg administration.