From the Times Ledger:
Before the dust from the demolition of a Bellerose icon settled, civic leaders complained that the developers of a controversial proposed hotel at the former Frozen Cup site are not living up to their promise of being good neighbors.
As the Bellerose ice cream shop was being demolished last Thursday, workers for the developers tore out bushes from a home adjacent to the site.
“They just cut them all on my driveway,” said 249th Street homeowner Diana Weiss, who claimed one of the workers “was very abrupt and he just said he was cutting them down because it was on his property.”
The demolition was staged as the investors had yet to receive approval from the city Department of Buildings to construct the hotel.
The agency disapproved plans on Jan. 14 because they exceeded floor−area ratio requirements and there were problems involving compliance with the energy code, according to a city Department of Buildings spokeswoman.