Whitestone residents are hoping to block a popular Italian restaurant from opening what would be the area’s very first sidewalk cafe along a bustling commercial thoroughfare.
Nonna’s Pizzeria and Trattoria gained city approvals for outside tables this year, but the City Council still needs to give it final approval this month.
“The other stores thought they would lose customers because of parking,” said Kim Cody of the Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Association. “It didn’t seem like enlarging the restaurant was good for everybody concerned.”
The eatery, which offers pizza, pasta and Italian fare, wants to build an enclosed dining area with sliding doors on 154th St. near 24th Ave., just off Willets Point Blvd.
State Sen. Tony Avella said Council members should listen to Community Board 7 and neighbors who are concerned about traffic and noise. He called 154th St. “a small block of five mom-and-pop stores surrounded by one-family homes.”
City Councilman Paul Vallone, whose district includes the restaurant, has asked his Council colleagues to review the application. A spokesman said he is holding off on making a final decision, since the owners could amend the plan.
Sounds like he's in favor of it. Because his family being so involved in politics means that Paulie sure understands that the way it works is that you hint that you're going to ask the council to oppose it, and that forces the business to amend the plan.
Mr. Vallone also curiously voted with Republicans against sick people last week, in opposition to the rest of his party and the Queens Machine, whose endorsement he gleefully accepted. Is he trying to be the new "maverick?"