Board of Standards and Appeals

Board votes against Kew Gardens Hills synagogue expansion
Board votes against Kew Gardens Hills synagogue expansion
Northeast Liam La Guerre 6/19/2014 at 3:00PM

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.

Scobee Diner site plans move forward
Scobee Diner site plans move forward
Northeast Melissa Chan 1/07/2014 at 4:46PM

The city’s Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) has approved a variance that would pave the way for a new building at the former Scobee Diner site in Little Neck.

Medical center developers plan to take Astoria homeowners to court
Medical center developers plan to take Astoria homeowners to court
West Melissa Chan 10/02/2013 at 2:31PM

Developers of a nearly complete medical center in Astoria plan to take adjacent homeowners to court to gain key access to their backyards, residents said. Pali Realty needs permission to enter the backyards of about five adjacent homes in order to wrap up an eight-story ambulatory care center project at 23-25 31st Street. But dozens [...]

Astoria residents say developer damaged their homes
Astoria residents say developer damaged their homes
Top Stories Melissa Chan 5/30/2013 at 11:06AM

A towering medical center being built in Astoria has received a key permit from the city — despite complaints by neighbors who say the construction has caused their homes’ foundations to crumble. “There are cracks everywhere, in every room, from the ceilings to walls,” said Robert Draghi, who lives behind the site of a future [...]

Flushing fighting colossal church
Flushing fighting colossal church
News Melissa Chan 3/15/2012 at 7:06AM

Dozens of local leaders and incensed neighbors are striking down one Flushing church’s plan of building up to the heavens. Senator Tony Avella led a protest on March 8, rallying against the building of a proposed “enormous and out-of-scale” religious facility at 145-15 33rd Avenue. “You’d have a giant in the land of ordinary people,” [...]

Spa architect carries on, despite BP’s rejection
News Alexa Altman 1/06/2012 at 1:01PM

Some College Point locals are closer to relaxing, as plans for a spa in their neighborhood have been rejected by the borough president. After weeks of contemplation, BP Helen Marshall threw out the proposal to construct a luxury spa at the corner of 31st Avenue and the Whitestone Expressway. According to Marshall’s office, the Beep [...]

Bayside Hills home granted variance, community outaged
Bayside Hills home granted variance, community outaged
News Bob Doda 10/27/2011 at 10:35AM

Despite months of rallying by local residents, politicians and Community Board 11 against a land variance request in Bayside Hills, the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) unanimously voted recently in favor of what many believe to be a precedent setting matter. Michael Feiner, Bayside Hills Civic Association president, has been uniting the opposition against [...]