From the Queens Chronicle:
A neglected Flushing lot that had turned into a junkyard has been cleaned up after pressure from an elected official and a civic leader.
Last Friday, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Peter Brancazio, president of the North East Flushing Civic Association, met with representatives of the departments of Buildings, Sanitation, Finance and Fire to discuss the lot at 24-19 Francis Lewis Blvd.
As a result, the FDNY issued a notice of violation for rubbish found in the Dumpsters on the lot and the DOB transferred oversight of the property to the Padlock Enforcement Unit, based on illegal commercial use in a residential district.
Since the area is zoned R2A, a violation was issued for a defective fence allowing unauthorized access and storage of fully loaded Dumpsters and a commercial truck filled with steel beams.
Shortly after being contacted by the city, the owner cleared the lot.