From the Queens Chronicle:
The stores that define a community, the bakery, deli, butcher shop, pharmacy, beauty parlor and laundromat, are long gone. Even worse, the buildings remain empty, their awnings torn and signs faded.
To concerned residents and merchants of Kew Gardens Hills, this is the beginning of the end for a formerly vibrant strip of stores on what is known as the “Kissena Curve,” on the boulevard between 71st and 72nd avenues.
Calls to a number posted on one of the empty stores went to David Minkin Real Estate in Rego Park. A receptionist refused to give out any information on the future of the location or about the owner.
The Kissena property is owned by Pelcorp, a real estate firm in Palm Beach, Fla. It is headed by Prescott Lester, whose great-grandfather was a Queens builder. Lester is related to David Minkin and succeeded him in business.
Shirley Weinstein, president of the Mid-Queens Community Council, lives near the shopping area and is not happy with what she sees. “It looks like hell,” Weinstein said. “It’s a horror to me.”
She has heard that the owner wants to put in a big-box store such as Costco on the two blocks, but that it won’t happen for a few years.
Ken Cohen, president of the Flushing Suburban Civic Association, has lived in the area since 1952 and is very concerned about the deterioration of the Kissena Curve...The rumor he’s heard involves razing the two blocks and building apartments with stores on the first floor. Cohen plans to ask local elected officials to get involved and find out what’s happening.
Previously: The state of Kissena Blvd.