Editorial from the Queens Tribune:
The road to recovery for our borough’s artifacts must not stop at the RKO Keith’s in Flushing. The process to bring some portion of the aging relic back to life has stopped and started a handful of times before. The theater has been the victim of an unscrupulous developer, vandals, squatters and thieves.
While the rest of Flushing has been transformed in a Renaissance of growth and development, the RKO has sat and deteriorated. The palace at the end of the 7 train line will see a slight rebirth – not to the grandeur it once held, and to some, not to the esteem it deserves.
Private development has repurposed this iconic structure that is such a large part of the public domain, but the list of private and public sites in need of aid grows daily. Where is the fix for the crumbling New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows? Why is the Civic Virtue statue, bedeviled in this edition as misogynistic, in such disrepair? Why does St. Saviour’s Church sit in boxes in a warehouse?
We need a commitment to preserve our history, our artifacts, our borough icons. Yes, public funding needs to aid our children – our future, but it also needs to help preserve our past, encourage our arts and spur our aesthetic growth.
We call upon our elected officials to find a solution.