NY1 For You: Queens Eyesore A Noisy One, Residents Say
A group of Queens residents say they're tired of seeing commercial equipment being stored in a vacant lot so close to their homes. NY1's Susan John filed the following "NY1 For You" report.
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Residents living in the Douglaston section of Queens say they expected a new house to go up quickly after they saw the owners knocking the old one down. But to their dismay, all they got was a boarded up vacant lot in their neighborhood.
"I live across the street and it's a real eyesore," said Douglaston resident Constantine Askaridis.
"I'm living in a construction zone, and it's just unfortunate that I'm embarrassed to bring people over to my yard," said Douglaston resident Tom Macaluso.
Macaluso says he's embarrassed because the only thing housed behind the plywood walls is construction equipment.
"Right now it's a vacant lot with a mud floor that's littered with I think there's probably now four containers, Caterpillar, this morning there was a big truck," Macaluso said.
Neighbors say not only is it unsightly, but it is also disruptive. They claim the owners of the property are using it as a storage place.
"Every morning there's comings and goings of loading and unloading the equipment, beeping noises, clanging, metal, steel grates. It sounds like you're in a middle of a construction in a manufacturing zoning, not this beautiful residential area," Macaluso said.
"It's been there for a while. And they come like mid-day with big rigs, they use it as a commercial property," Askaridis said.
NY1 reached out to the Department of Buildings and a spokesperson told us that under the area's zoning, such storage of construction equipment is not permitted. The property is currently under review by the department's Padlocks Unit and they are investigating whether the site is a public nuisance.
The DOB says it will take appropriate action based on their findings.
NY1 has also reached out to H&S Landscaping several times, but have not heard back.
"NY1 For You" will continue to follow this story.
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