All traces of a longtime Queens eyesore have been replaced by a smooth, wide sidewalk.
The city has paved over the site of a tattered, shuttered newsstand on the busy corner of Metropolitan Ave. near Fresh Pond Road, which residents and civic leaders have complained about for years.
“Persistence pays off,” said City Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, who held a press conference at the site to highlight the issue over five years ago.
Wow, congratulations, Liz! It only took you 5 years! I guess she'll need another 5 years in office to demolish the dilapidated former gas station across the street.
Sunday, October 19, 2014
1 down, one to go
Posted by Queens Crapper at 12:44 AM
Labels: Elizabeth Crowley, fresh pond road, LIRR, metropolitan avenue, paving
5 years is kind,that corner has been dilapidated for about 25 years even with the place open.
funny thing is that newsstand had a cruddy charm about it.One of those places that you knew where you were,without the need for gps or google maps.
Just a happenin' nabe.Heart of Crowleyville.
The corner is so ugly. They could have planted trees and some benches for those waiting for the bus. Or, to alleviate traffic, an indentation for the bus for loading/unloading. While I'm happy it's "better," than it was, it still looks like CRAP!
It is a long, long way from Riley's diner.
Another BS job by Dizzy Lizzy. We elected this idiot to do this?
Moving the curb and the utility poles is expensive and a misservice to bus riders - buses already have enough trouble pulling back into traffic. If the curb is moved the opposite should be done - a bulb out so the bus can stay in the lane.
Yeah, it's ugly. But what's going to be put there? Starbucks? Another bank? Another Drug/superette store?
I'll tell you...Nothing!
The corner is built on a bridge that is about ready to collapse and until that problem is fixed the corner is in limbo.
Who asked for anything to be put there? I asked for the eyesore to be demolished.
No one is asking, but something will have to be put there. It is a major intersection and now a major eyesore, especially the northeast corner where Nat's Mobil Station use to be.
It can't stay vacant forever.
The city or MTA will have to step up and make improvements.
That moron Elizabeth Crowley is celebrating getting one corner cleaned up in 5 years? Wow what a major accomplishment! God help us all when we elect this kind of do-nothing hack.
Second Photo Caption - left to right - Mike - I only wear black because it's slimming - Miller, Melinda - still dripping from Curtis - Katz, & Elizabeth - BJ's are us - Crowley
No one is asking, but something will have to be put there.
WRONG WRONG WRONG
This attitude that every square inch 'needs' to be developed is garbage.
"WRONG WRONG WRONG"
Yeah, you are probably right. That corner should just stay the way it is; ugly, rotten, filthy, disgusting, ghetto like, bringing down the neighborhood, dangerous at night, a home to rat and raccoon (yes raccoon) nests, etc..
Sounds like a great plan to me.
That corner will likely never be attractive. The fact that this is all over a railroad bridge means they can never build anything substantial there, and you will never have a nice streetwall to define that corner.
Ok, let me explain so that you understand. The newsstand was demolished and the plan was to put a sitting area/garden in its place. There's no reason why the same can't be done on the other corner where the gas station was. You don't have to develop for the sake of developing.
"The newsstand was demolished and the plan was to put a sitting area/garden in its place. There's no reason why the same can't be done on the other corner where the gas station was."
I haven't a problem with either. However, two sitting areas there will attract ridiculous amounts of garbage and given the history of the Sanitation department's propensity to ignore these types of areas we will rapidly see the area deteriorate. Also, graffiti taggers and vandals will undoubtedly leave their marks here and it will devolve into another eyesore.
I just think that some sort of business, office, store on the Mobil station corner will better serve the area.
Be careful what you wish for; now that the site is cleaned up, it is ready for a developer to come in there and crapify it.
Better late than never, but better never late. The only thing worse is that the city keeps putting off the inevitable reconstruction of the bridge. Guess they're just waiting for it to collapse or something.
They have the High Line in Manhattan. Perhaps they are trying something new in Maspeth, Ridgewood, Middle Village and Glendale...The Low Line.
The city is not and should not be shutting down the freight line. Nice try though.
Kinda missed the sarcasm in the last comment, eh?
His name is Crappy, not Crapper.
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