From the NY Times:
It wasn’t long ago that the residents and business owners of Beach 116th Street in Queens believed their neighborhood could be the Queens equivalent to Brooklyn’s Williamsburg or Long Island’s Long Beach — a place where Manhattanites would spend big salaries on new condominiums decorated with trinkets from local boutiques. It was not that far-fetched: new zoning rules, planned condo projects and attention from city officials made it seem possible.
Instead, a stretch of Beach 116th Street in Rockaway Park was identified in a recent report as having the highest proportion of abandoned retail storefronts of any shopping district in Queens. The report, by Representative Anthony D. Weiner’s office, found that 17 of 40 surveyed stores were empty.