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Bayside Paint Place moving into former McDonald’s site

| asuriel@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Alina Suriel

Bayside Paint Place will be moving to a new, larger store on Bell Boulevard to accommodate an expanded inventory set to include wallpaper and window treatments.

The store is currently located at 41-23 Bell Blvd. and will be moving only two spaces down to the larger corner spot at 41-27 Bell Blvd., which formerly housed a McDonald’s franchise.

Peter Ha, who has served as general manager of Bayside Paint Place for seven years, told The Courier that there is very good business to be done as a home improvement store on Bell Boulevard. While the Bayside commercial stretch is rich in dining and nightlife options, there is little local competition for a paint or home decorating store.

“When you look at Bell Boulevard, you can see restaurants and food and you have choices,” Ha said, “but when it comes to decorating in the neighborhood and stuff like that, over here you don’t see any, and nobody really does it.”

The abundance of single-family homes in Bayside and northeast Queens generate a constant demand for custom home decorating supplies, and according to Ha, customers often came into the store asking for more than just paint. Wallpaper in particular was a popular request for its classic style, and the store also received frequent inquiries on window treatments.


Jimmy Bougadis, a loyal patron of Bayside Paint Place, said that Ha has given him great advice on how to complete construction projects and that his customer service is also at a much higher level than at other stores.

“In the other stores, you go in and ask a question, but they’re very busy and don’t give you any attention,” Bougadis said. “Peter smiles to you and says good morning. It makes me feel good.”


Historic street names restored in Douglaston

| mchan@queenscourier.com

Recently approved city legislation will restore six historic street names in the center of Douglaston.

The amended map will change 240th Street to Prospect Avenue, 242nd Street to Hamilton Place, 243rd Street to Orient Avenue, 42nd Avenue to Poplar Street, 43rd Avenue to Pine Street and 44th Avenue to Church Street, officials said.

“Douglaston is one of the most unique neighborhoods in our city,” said Councilmember Dan Halloran, who introduced the bill. “Its history and heritage are well worth remembering. This bill pays homage to the neighborhood’s history by restoring street names to the way they were hundreds of years ago.”

According to Halloran, residents of Douglaston and local civic leaders have fought for decades to keep their historic street names, despite the city’s push to make most roads numerical.

“To walk the streets of Douglaston is to step back into our city’s rich history,” Halloran said. “Everything from the original cobblestone curbs to massive tree canopies reminds visitors of a much simpler time.”

The city council voted to pass the bill on March 15.

“At a miniscule cost to the city, this law preserves our community’s heritage and history,” Halloran said.

With additional reporting by Alexa Altman