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Bayside residents tell car dealership to hit the road


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Community Board 11 unanimously refused to renew a zoning variance that allowed a Bayside Toyota dealership to operate in a residential area after neighbors complained.

Star Toyota and Scion has been operating on Northern Boulevard for 40 years with the variance, but locals want the dealership gone for being, according to one board member, a “bad neighbor.”

“The community wants them removed because they don’t respect us,” said board member Steven Behar. “It’s as simple as that.”

Residents complained that the dealership parked their cars on residential streets and illegally dumped garbage in the neighborhood.

As a requirement of the variance, the dealership must meet with the community board every 10 years so their business can be reviewed.

After reviewing the business this time, the board decided to act on the complaints and vote down the renewal.

There are two more steps in the process: Borough President Melinda Katz is expected to announce a decision on Sept. 18 and, if she supports the community board’s decision, the Board of Standards and Appeals will make a final decision.

“We’re hoping that with the new [mayoral] administration and a real show of community support, we can have the BSA do what’s right for the community,” Behar said. “We’ve tried to solve this with them but they wouldn’t work with us so now it’s come to this.”

The manager of the dealership declined to comment.

Further west on Northern Boulevard, a Flushing real estate business attempted to remove a condition in a similar variance.

Paul Luciano, owner of Utopia Real Estate, asked Community Board 7 to remove a restriction contained in the variance that prevents the building’s owner from making any alterations without the board’s permission.

But the board voted to maintain its power over the business, which has been in Flushing since 1957, by keeping the conditions of the variance in place.

“They [the community board] just want to hold the power over us for no reason,” Luciano said.
But locals said they feared changes would alter the nature of the neighborhood.

“If we’re not careful, our area will start to look like Main Street,” resident Terri Pouymari said.

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Rockaway car crash kills two teens


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

A car crash on the Rockaway Freeway has taken the life of two teens, police said.

Around 3 a.m. on Saturday morning, a 19-year-old male was driving on the freeway near Beach 41st Street when his Toyota Corolla struck a cement support pillar.

A 15-year-old male traveling in the front passenger seat was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. Another 14-year-old passenger was transported to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Charges against the driver are pending investigation. Identification of the victims is awaiting family notification.

 

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Toyota recalls vehicles for faulty power windows


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Toyota

Today Toyota issued a voluntary recall of 2.5 million U.S. vehicles due to a safety issue with its power windows.

According to the car manufacturer, the driver’s side power windows “may experience a ‘notchy’ or sticky feel during operation” because the grease was applied unevenly during the manufacturing process.

If a commercial lubricant is applied to fix this problem, then the switch could melt and may event catch on fire.

Toyota will notify owners of the recalled vehicles by first class mail starting in late October.

Recalled cars will need to go through an inspection, switch disassembly and application of special fluorine grease, which should take about an hour, and will be free of charge.

For detailed information, visit www.toyota.com/recall or call 1-800-331-4331.

 

Recalled vehicles:

• 2007 to 2008 Yaris

• 2007 to 2009 RAV4

• 2007 to 2009 Tundra

• 2007 to 2009 Camry

• 2007 to 2009 Camry Hybrid

• 2008 to 2009 Scion xD

• 2008 to 2009 Scion xB

• 2008 to 2009 Sequoia

• 2008 Highlander

• 2008 Highlander Hybrid

• 2009 Corolla

• 2009 Matrix