From the Queens Chronicle:
The shareholders who own apartments in Sheila Terrace, located at 37-30 73 St. in Jackson Heights, and the owners of various businesses on the block have been engaged in an escalating feud over everything from traffic issues and overcrowded sidewalks to noise levels and the improper handling of meat products sold at some of the establishments, leading to rat infestation.
But on Sunday evening, in an effort to tear down the fences that separate them, the various factions, which also include shareholders from other nearby residential buildings, came to break bread together — literally — at a pot luck dinner sponsored by Sheila Terrace and held in the courtyard adjoining the co-op.
Residents brought dishes representing their multitude of nationalities. Much of the food was donated by the merchants themselves.
As the gathering entered its third hour, and more and more area denizens arrived, it seemed the event was starting to have an impact. Representatives of all sides were shaking hands and engaging in one-on-one dialogues, promising to resolve their problems, but not without traces of lingering animosity.
It is believed that the abundance of sidewalk vendors, many of them illegal, along with the malodorous environment and other negative conditions on the block, have caused not only a drop in the value of residential properties but a loss of commercial activity.