From the Queens Courier:
Neighbors on one Glendale block say the nearby garage is a chronic nuisance.
“These people are lawless all day, every day,” said one woman who wished to remain anonymous.
The garage, nestled on a quiet block in Glendale, sees dozens of cars every day. Neighbors complain the owners’ cars stay parked on the sidewalks and down the street for days, inconveniencing residents.
However, owners Elsie Serrano and Oscar Ortega claimed they are running a completely legal operation.
“I have receipts for everything I have done here,” Serrano said.
The shop’s license to sell cars is up to date, and both Serrano and Ortega are licensed to run their business.
However, neighbors allege they do not sell vehicles, but illegally repair them.
Ortega said his store brings cars to a nearby Getty station for service and if the station is too busy, he will do an oil change or fix brakes himself. He added that the store also legally washes cars. However, neighbors said they have seen workers do larger-scale repairs.
“They’re fixing collision and mechanical problems,” said Danny, a resident who withheld his last name. “You can smell chemicals along our block. These are people that have no morals, no respect.”
The owners frequently have their large family visit the site, and several neighbors said they blast music and intimidate residents at all hours of the day.
The 104th Precinct has paid many visits to the site, handing out numerous tickets and summonses. Neighbors said police officers have told workers to shut down the operation, though the 104th did not return calls for comment.
The Fire Department has allegedly shut the site down four times, but the shop continues to reopen. The woman said she has not seen any police or fire presence at the site since April.