Board votes against Kew Gardens Hills synagogue expansion


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Community Board 8 denied support for Sephardic Congregation’s variance application to add a third floor on its Kew Gardens Hills building, and members blasted the temple’s leadership for the 15 Department of Buildings violations it has.

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Board approves Greek-American school expansion in Whitestone


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy Giannopoulos Architects

Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church is planning a $1.5 million expansion of its elementary school in Whitestone, and recently cleared a major hurdle in the process.

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Board approves variances for 12-story hotel, 14-story office building in Flushing


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo rendering courtesy of Richard Lobel

Community Board 7 gave developer CA Plaza its advisory approval to build 12-story Hotel Indigo on Prince Street and a 14-story general office building on Main Street.

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Board greenlights transient hotel in downtown Flushing


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photo renderings courtesy of Fleet Financial Group

The developer of an 18-story building in downtown Flushing received a key nod to operate as a short-stay hotel. Community Board 7 voted 30-8 to approve a variance with conditions that would allow developer Fleet Financial Group to function as a transient hotel over a residential one at 42-31 Union Street. Guests are required to […]

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Community board blocks developer


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

A notorious Queens developer has hit a roadblock in Bayside after a community board unanimously voted down a variance that would have allowed him to complete construction in the area. Tommy Huang — whose properties have racked up a laundry list of complaints and violations, according to the city’s Department of Buildings (DOB) — was […]

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Landmark RKO Keith’s site is sold


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

After 25 years of neglect and vandalism, Flushing’s landmark RKO Keith’s Theater – once a crown jewel of America’s movie palaces – has been sold to a developer for a reported $20 million. Patrick Thompson, who heads purchaser, Northern RKO, LLC, has at least two condominium projects under development in Manhattan, one on 44th and […]

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Landmark
RKO Keith’s
site is sold


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

After 25 years of neglect and vandalism, Flushing’s landmark RKO Keith’s Theater – once a crown jewel of America’s movie palaces – has been sold to a developer for a reported $20 million. Patrick Thompson, who heads purchaser, Northern RKO, LLC, has at least two condominium projects under development in Manhattan, one on 44th and […]

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City Council Candidates Debate at NST


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

It was scheduled to be a “Candidates Night” debate between City Council Democratic hopefuls Bob Friedrich, Swaranjit Singh and Mark Weprin – but candidates were largely in agreement. North Shore Towers Political Action Committee Chair Murray Lewinter introduced the candidates to an audience of about a hundred Towers residents, noting that they would speak in […]

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Continental Communications Negotiation Detailed During Board Meeting


| jlyons@queenscourier.com

During the April 16 open Board meeting, North Shore Towers attorney Errol Brett went into detail about the recent lawsuit and negotiation between the cooperative and Continental Communications, Inc. (CCI). In order to distill rumors and correct misinformation, Brett gave a detailed explanation about the background of the contract with Continental Communications. When the buildings […]

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Shareholders Association Meetings Discusses Roof Antennae, Highlights New Relationship With Board


| jlyons@queenscourier.com

During a meeting to discuss the situation with the rooftop antennae on the three buildings of North Shore Towers, the Shareholders Association and members of the Board of Directors spoke about a commitment to work together. The association’s president, Barbara Leonardi, referred to the July 16 meeting as “a precedent-setting night.” In attendance during the […]

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‘Sweatshop’ busted in Long Island City


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A Long Island City garment contractor that repeatedly changed names to evade authorities was busted last week for extensive labor law violations. Jin Shun Incorporated, operating under the name Garlee NY Inc. since the Department of Labor (DOL) swooped in and “tagged” its merchandise last week, has cheated around 150 workers out of nearly $5 […]

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Board delays Douglaston Waldbaum’s decision


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

The Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA), an appointed group that can relax zoning provisions, but is not answerable to the City Council, has ignored Community Board votes and postponed its decision on an application by a private developer which could leave thousands of northeast Queens residents without a supermarket. AAC Douglaston Plaza LLC, the […]

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Kew Gardens Hills synagogues experience growing pains


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy Nicholas Strini/PropertyShark

The large and expanding Jewish community in Kew Gardens Hills has fueled the need for synagogue expansions, according to religious leaders, but some are depending on special permits which aren’t always easy to obtain.

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