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Queens Chronicle

Dangerous billboard brought down

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Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:30 am, Thu Mar 28, 2013.

The billboard that stood on an abandoned building at 79-21 Queens Blvd. in Elmhurst has been taken down.

According to the Newtown Civic Association, planks of wood had been falling off the structure into the street after a long period of neglect.

The NCA claimed to have reached out to the City Council in hopes of removing the billboard and wrote in its latest newsletter that the request had gone unanswered.

According to the Department of Buildings, Mohammad Malik, the listed owner, had been issued violations for the billboard and will have to appear in court in April.

Though the NCA was upset with the faulty billboard, local business owners along the boulevard were indifferent to the matter.

“It doesn’t really affect me. It’ll look nicer if it’s taken down but that’s about it,” a nearby car shop worker said.

It is unclear why Malik had the billboard taken down and despite multiple phone calls, he could not be reached for comment.

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