From the Wall Street Journal:
Even before the financial downturn ended the last building boom, some residents of the Dutch Kills section of Long Island City were lobbying to curb the number of hotels that were being built in the Queens neighborhood. They wanted to discourage hotels rising in the middle of blocks comprised mostly of small one- and two-family homes and to promote the creation of more housing.
City officials did change the zoning in much of Dutch Kills in late 2008 to allow for noncommercial construction and limit building heights, but the area continues to see interest from hotel developers. In addition to 10 hotels that are already open, three more are under construction and two others are planned.
Residents still have mixed feelings about the number of hotels built and in the pipeline. Many locals would like the neighborhood to be on the map for other New Yorkers, not just for tourists passing in and out of the city.
I thought that UPZONING, UPZONING, UPZONING! was supposed to put an end to this. Be careful what you lobby for. You just may get it.