"Hello Queens Crapper,
My name is Jack. I am a young South Carolina transplant who has been living in Greater Ridgewood for almost 2 years now. I have grown extremely fond of Ridgewood and what it contributes to Queens as a borough. I am disheartened lately by the rumors of Ridgewood's up-and-comming status. There is a condo I recently noticed on 60th Lane between 71 Ave and Myrtle. It is hideous and frightening. On Fresh Pond Road near Metropolitan there appears to be another condo going up. I was wondering if you knew of any grass-roots actions I could take to better fortify Greater Ridgewood. I would cry to see the lovely pre-war houses and buildings replaced by new construction buildings (like those seen around Myrtle-Wyckoff).
At any rate, I support your blog. Thank you."
Grass roots actions? Well, I suppose you could join a civic organization. But then again, that doesn't seem to help for a number of reasons.
So, Jack, my advice to you is to become an independent researcher. You can't beat them at their game unless you know their rules and how they cheat. See below for an example:
This e-mail was sent to Queens CB5 and BCC'd to yours truly:
"There is a proposed project on Forest Avenue which I believe requires a variance, but it looks as though the developer is trying to do an end run around CB5 and BSA.____________________________________________
The address is 62-41 Forest Avenue. Plans have been filed for a 5-story building containing 44 dwelling units, with retail stores and an “ambulatory diagnostic center” on the ground floor.
The zoning for this lot is split between R6B & R5B, and also has a C2-4 overlay. The permits have been disapproved by buildings dating back to 2011, when they only planned to have 30 apartments.
The reason why I believe this requires CB5 and BSA approval is because they are building in a mapped street. My friend, Paul Graziano, an urban planning consultant, explained to me that any project built in a mapped street must go before BSA. [See section titled: General City Law Waivers - ed.]
I could not find any reference to this street having been de-mapped in the past few years, and it appears on the most recent version of DCP’s zoning maps:
- Christina Wilkinson
Ah, she forgot to mention that this is yet another Gerald Caliendo special...
All it takes is a computer and NYC.gov to find most of the information that you need. I also have plenty of resources at my disposal - architects, urban planners, historians and just people who know their stuff - if you need help. A camera also is useful. Send in your stuff. I'll be happy to post it and do some of the legwork.