From Little Neck Patch:
Bob Greenberg, a lawyer whose family owns the bulk of the diner's parking lot (which, yes, is owned separately from the building) said that though the property has generated a lot of interest, the prospect of purchasing the former Scobee building - in addition to paying rent on the parking lot - has thus far deterred fruitful negotiations.
Greenberg said that though he understands the desire of potential buyers to want to own the lot adjacent to the building, he and his family remain staunch in their unwillingness to part with it. For one, he said, selling the lot would go against the "philosophy" of property ownership that the Greenberg's embrace. Add the loss of income stream and burden of high taxes, and you have the reason they are uninterested in selling.
Though Greenberg acknowledges that many people are indeed discouraged by his family's refusal to sell the parking lot, he said the bigger issue may be the asking price for the Scobee building itself.
Greenberg said that last he heard, Scobee’s lawyers wanted $3.7 million for the building, a figure that Greenberg said sounds unrealistic in the current economic climate.