From CBS 2:
“Ditmars Boulevard is evolving into a very, a tourist-attracted area,” said Florence Koulouris, District Manager of Queens Community Board 1.
Koulouris confirmed that more restaurants are opening, and more owners want to accommodate customers in the open air. She expects by year’s end, nearly 200 establishments will be permitted to do so.
The Pomeroy, 36-12 Ditmars Blvd., may be one of them. On Tuesday evening, the board voted in favor of outdoor seating there, with four tables and a total of eight seats.
Some neighbors are not happy about it.
“The community is furious because it’s run like a bar,” said Nicholas Vagenas, owner of American Woodworking next door. “People are on the street till 2, 3 in the morning.”
Vanegas showed CBS2 photos taken outside, with crowds of people hanging out on the sidewalk.
“They really don’t take care of the outside or their patrons,” Vanegas said. “They come out, they vomit on our doorways.”
Vanegas said he was not the only one who felt that way. Owners at Magic Nail Design and Spa, Astoria NY Furniture, and the Fabric Center all signed letters of opposition addressed to the Community Board.
“Plus, we lose the sidewalk,” Vanegas said. “We will not have room to pass.”
The problem is once you allow one sidewalk cafe, you have to allow them all. Too many restaurants are situated in one area.