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Entire Woodhaven Blvd. block to be demolished

Six small businesses face uncertainty

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Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 3:09 pm, Fri May 2, 2014.

It isn’t just the former Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant that the wrecking ball made reservations with. The handful of small businesses occupying the north side of the building adjacent to the shuttered eatery are facing demolition, as well.

As reported last week by the Chronicle, half of the building owned by John Abbracciamento, located at 62-96 Woodhaven Blvd. in Rego Park, was set to be demolished.

But according to an application approved by the Department of Buildings on April 9, the entire lot, featuring six small businesses, has been green-lighted for demolition to make way for a planned seven-story, 114-unit apartment complex.

The owners of at least three of the shops residing within the building said they were not made aware of the demolition applications by Abbracciamento, who is in the process of selling the block, including A Dog’s Best Friend, co-owned by Ilana Shilim and her daughter, Kathy.

“No one ever told us anything,” the younger Shilim said.

That sentiment was echoed by an employee at Classic Hair Designers next door, who said the salon was informed of the approved demolition by customers who came in and asked about it.

The Shilims are planning on relocating their business down the street because of the uncertainty surrounding the building.

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  • Turqsea posted at 8:47 am on Tue, Apr 29, 2014.

    Turqsea Posts: 16

    If a building does go up the architecture should suit the neighborhood! Not like the new ugly blue glass thing that has been built on Queens Blvd. across from the Midway Movie!

  • Turqsea posted at 8:43 am on Tue, Apr 29, 2014.

    Turqsea Posts: 16

    Here we go again.Queens turning into Manhattan as the developers takeover! What kind of housing will be built,where will people park their cars and how will this affect the LOCAL SCHOOLS? Maybe they should build a new school on the site for all the new people with children that will be moving in!!