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Auburndale Atrocity

| aaltman@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Alexa Altman

Contrasted against a sea of well-kept homes and pristinely-manicured lawns in Auburndale looms an abandoned property – a massive four-unit building left destitute, much to the dismay of locals who take pride in their neighborhood.

The structure, located at 47th Avenue and 198th Street, once a single-family home, was converted into four separate houses by a self-certified builder roughly 10 years ago.

“They tried to squeeze in as many properties as possible,” said Community Board 11 Chair Jerry Iannece.

According to Iannece, because the builder was self-certified, they did not need to acquire permission from the city and could undergo construction without any supervision, inspections or guidelines. The Fire Department refused to sign off on the property as livable and the owner went into foreclosure. The outcome was a four-home complex that garnered over 30 violations from the Department of Buildings (DOB).

“This is why self-certification was abolished,” said Iannece, who alleged that this practice leads to builders taking too many liberties and architects putting their licenses on the line.

Iannece alleged that in 2006, the builder went into negotiations with the owner, and in 2009, a bank from the Midwest took over the property. According to Iannece, the bank paid up the remaining violations, which had amounted to “tens of thousands of dollars in fines.”

The building is now a target for squatters and debris, littered with trash and stripped of any remaining value, according to neighbors.

Bayside – The ‘Sea Biscuit’ of BIDs

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Call it blitzkrieg marketing or whatever you will, but with the intention of re-establishing Bayside and The Bell Boulevard Business Corridor as “THE” destination everyone thinks of first this season when going out to shop or dine, The Bayside Village Business Improvement District’s (BID) recent consecutive weekends of socially- conscious, retail-promoting, pedestrian-building, music-filled festivals  just pulled Bayside out from behind our neighboring business districts. We outperformed Douglaston, Little Neck, Great Neck, Astoria, Flushing, Whitestone, Austin Street, Fresh Meadows and Sunnyside in social and street activity and draw for consumers.

Like the “Sea Biscuit” of BIDs, Bayside just pulled way out from the back of the pack to rebuild an audience and create an excitement about Bell Boulevard and Bayside that the local businesses and community leaders have all been asking for, and that’s been long overdue.

It’s been over 17 years since Bayside has had a permit issued for any type of festival or block party, and thanks to the guidance of Susan Seinfeld and Jerry Inanecce from Community Board 11, the Community Affairs officers of Captain Ronald Leyson’s 111th Precinct and Chanel Green of the Street Activity Permit Office, the permit process went smoothly, the events were executed flawlessly and people were literally dancing and singing in the streets of Bayside again.

This month we’ll be following through to highlight the season with a series of exclusive, velvet roped fashion shows.

A very special thanks needs to be extended to Keil Bros Garden Center & Nursery for their generous help with our LIRR Station Beautification Program that helped return the station park back into an attractive “Green Space.”

So, all in all you’d have to admit, “Bayside’s Back” and on the rise.


Gregg Sullivan is the executive director of the Bayside Village Business Improvement District.