From the NY Times:
While New York is often praised as a gorgeous mosaic, ethnic tensions are hardly unknown in the city, especially in neighborhoods that undergo rapid demographic shifts. Sometimes tensions are expressed overtly; other times, they lurk under the surface, revealing themselves in conversations that can be heard in local bars and living rooms.
That is the case in Bellerose.
Opponents of the planned Days Inn insist that their primary concern is not the race of the hotel entrepreneurs but the community’s quality of life. Still, many of what are seen as unwanted changes have arrived with the South Asian immigrants, a fact that invariably comes up in discussions about the fate of the Frozen Cup.
Here I was concerned that the Times might actually go a week without Archie Bunkerizing Queens. The way this and other papers play it is that if the endangered building is in Manhattan, the desire to save it indicates neighborhood pride and a sense of history. If people in Queens want to save a building, it must be because they hate immigrants.