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Neighbor’s new garage sparks feud in Forest Hills


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RIDGEWOOD TIMES/Photo by Anthony Giudice

One structure is causing several problems for a Forest Hills resident who claims that her neighbors did not have the necessary permits to erect a 12-by-20-foot garage in their backyard.

Sandi Stevens has been living at her 69th Road home for 10 years, but in the last month she said that the neighbor that borders her backyard has erected an illegal garage, causing damage to her yard. Because her neighbor’s property sits at a higher grade than her home, she claims this structure has compromised her retaining wall and brick work — and caused water runoff to erode the soil on her side.

“His property is higher than mine so when it rains, the rain water seeps through to my side and causes mudslides,” Stevens said. “It is an unbelievable situation. The building went up in four days. They had men come and build it throughout the night.”

Stevens has made numerous complaints to 311 and visited the Department of Buildings (DOB) to file complaints about the offending structure.

As of Aug. 5, there were four open DOB violations on the Olcott Street property, two for working without a permit and two for front yard violations.

Kwok Tse, owner of the Olcott Street property where the structure was erected, defended his decision to build a garage.

“I have a very large piece of property, around 65,000 square feet, I should be entitled to have a garage. Why shouldn’t I have a garage,” Tse told the Ridgewood Times in a phone interview. “[Stevens] has a garage on her property, why shouldn’t I have one?”

Tse claims that the structure in his yard is legal and he expects the DOB to approve the building.

“The architect I hired is currently in the middle of filing paperwork with the Department of Buildings,” Tse said. “I fully expect the Department of Buildings to approve my garage. The fire department even came and looked at the garage and said that nothing is wrong with it.”

According to the DOB website, there is an Environmental Control Board (ECB) meeting set for Sept. 1 on the open violations at Tse’s property.

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Laurelton barbershop owner stabs teen to death with scissors: cops


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A Laurelton barbershop owner used scissors to fatally stab a 19-year-old during a fight over a pair of headphones, police said.

Carl Richardson, 19, came to the 227-14 Merrick Blvd. business about 2 p.m. Thursday to collect money from 34-year-old Cedric Simpson, the shop’s co-owner, who had purchased the headphones from the teen, cops said.

The two began arguing over the debt and Simpson stabbed Richardson three times with the scissors—twice in the chest and once in the neck, the NYPD said.

Richardson, a Springfield Gardens resident, was taken to Franklin Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to officials.

Simpson was taken into custody at the scene and charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon, police said.

 

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Police looking for suspect in stabbing outside Jamaica bar


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A dispute between two men in front of a Jamaica bar Saturday ended in a stabbing, cops said.

The altercation happened about 4:50 a.m. outside of Euphoria Bar, at 144-05 Jamaica Ave., police said.

During the argument, the suspect stabbed the 22-year-old victim several times, then fled westbound on Jamaica Avenue in a black four-door sedan, according to the NYPD.

The victim was taken to a local hospital in critical but stable condition.

Police have released photos of the suspect and the vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Food Fight: Bayside biz say food carts hurt


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The Courier/Photo by Melissa Chan

Bayside business owners say mobile food vendors that are popping up in the area and setting up shop near established eateries may be carting revenue away from them.

According to Sammy An, owner of Cue Bar on Bell Boulevard, a piggybacking Halal food cart vendor’s 24-hour service has robbed him of income.

“I keep seeing people walking out [of my restaurant], spending their money there and coming back to keep drinking,” An said. “But I have the kitchen open, and it takes away revenue.”

An — who said he pays about $26,000 a month for rent — said he also finds himself picking up after messes left behind by his competitor, who surfaced less than a month ago, in order to avoid being pinned for littering.

Majid Khan, owner of the Halal stand, heavily disputed the claims.

“If they believe we’re taking business away from them, they’re wrong,” Khan said. “If people like food from the restaurant, they’re going to go to the restaurant. If people like Halal food, they’re going to get food from us. You can’t stop anyone.”

According to Susan Seinfeld, district manager of Community Board 11, about a dozen home and business owners have filed complaints about the rise in food carts in northeast Queens.

Amongst concerns about the uncleanliness and clutter, Seinfeld said residents are more than displeased with how the carts have harmed the aesthetics of the area.
“This is not an addition they bargained for,” she said. “They want to keep the area low density, almost suburban, with trees lining the block. People keep everything neat and clean here, and they feel the food carts are unattractive.”

Seinfeld said the problem extends outside of the borough, but within Bayside alone she said the heavy hitters are located on Northern and Bell Boulevards, 73rd Avenue and Bell Boulevard, and Springfield Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway.

According to Councilmember Mark Weprin, the City Council held hearings last week to discuss the growing issues. He said there are still “a lot of questions we’re trying to get answers to” before a real solution can be reached.

“I’m very concerned about the unfair competition these food carts create for local merchants,” he said. “There should be some limit as to where they can set up.”

John Amanatidis, owner of a grilled food stand on Northern and Bell Boulevards, said it’s all about coexisting with local businesses.

A neighborhood staple for 15 years, he said he closes up shop between 6 and 7 p.m. before the dinner rush begins at nearby restaurants.

“I leave. I respect them,” Amanatidis said. “But I have four kids. I have to pay rent, the bills and my taxes.”