Sunday, November 22, 2009
Illegal day care center in Flushing
From the Daily News:
Last month, a resident of Queens Jade apartments at 140-11 Ash Ave. in Flushing, Queens, noticed workmen carrying in wood to build more walls.
"You'd have to be an idiot not to know what's going on," said the resident, who phoned 311 to report the landlord for creating more rooms in four apartments around her.
Her call wasn't the first, records show.
Since 2008, 23 complaints have been filed claiming illegal apartments - potential firetraps - in the apartment complex. An unauthorized day care center in 1H has been on the city's radar for nearly a decade.
In 2002, the city cited the building's former owner for blocked exits at apartment 1H "which is now an illegal school." The owner was cited again last year and fined $2,500.
Inside 1H on Thursday, Jerry Shen insisted the day care center had closed. "This is a home office," he said, a notebook titled "Student Roster" open on a table in front of him. Crayon drawings hung on a wall nearby.