Sunday, April 20, 2014

1/2 of old Drake Theater to be demolished

From the Queens Chronicle:

Weeks after the last bottle of wine was uncorked and the final steak was seasoned, the only thing on the menu for the building that housed the recently closed Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant is the wrecking ball.

According to documents filed with and approved by the Department of Buildings last Wednesday, at least part of the building at 62-96 Woodhaven Blvd. containing the famous former Rego Park eatery is set to be demolished.

The destruction of at least a portion of the existing building would start to make way for a proposed seven-story, 114-unit apartment building to be developed by the Astoria-based Criterion Group, the applicant of record on the demolition filing.

The street frontage listed in the demolition application is 83 feet, accounting for about half the length of the building, which also contains a dog grooming business and an optometrist, among other stores.


ron s said...

Let's automatically destroy any building it Queens older than 30 years. It will make things much simpler.

Anonymous said...

New laws need to be made. The Manhattan borough president wants to implement having any building over 50 yrs old up for evaluation for landmark before it is demolished or any other plans are made.

Anonymous said...

With apologies to Bernard Malamud: In Queens, who needs an atomic bomb? If you walk away from a place, they'll tear it down.