From the Queens Chronicle:
The era of the McTenement has dawned in Queens.
In a borough known as a hodgepodge of diverse people and places, an air of uniformity is creeping into the brick and mortar sea of apartment buildings along the No. 7 line corridor, courtesy of real estate giant Vantage Properties.
At several Vantage-owned apartment buildings visited over the past month, a forest green awning hangs over every doorway. Metallic General Electric appliances fill many, if not all, remodeled Vantage kitchens. A brass plaque warns intruders away with the same security system at each building.
And soon, every Vantage unit will be rented at the same market rates — at least, that’s what the real estate giant’s investors are betting a half billion dollars on.
Surprisingly good piece for a weekly newspaper!