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Nabe Would Look 'Ridiculous,' Worries Civic Prez

Before boarding a packed chartered bus to a Board of Standards and Appeals hearing, 30 Bayside Hills neighbors gather to rally against the construction of a new home.

A charter bus arrived in Bayside Hills to transport 30 friends and neighbors to downtown Manhattan on Tuesday—but they weren't gathered for a catered affair.

The bus, chartered by State Sen. Tony Avella, D-Bayside, instead brought the group to held by the Board of Standards and Appeals.

All aboard were encouraged to testify before the BSA against the construction of a home, which neighbors say is shoe-horned into an area that for 80 years served as a side yard garden. 

The BSA did not render any decision Tuesday. Paul Bonfilio, the architect representing the owner of the home, will go before the BSA again in four weeks.

Bayside Hills Civic Association President Michael Feiner (speaking) worries that if plans to build on the property adjoining 50-20 216th St. are approved, it would set a precedent to allow for similar developments—which with the other one family homes in .

"We must continue that battle against these developers," said Feiner, adding "or before we know it, our entire neighborhood would look ridiculous."

Check back with Patch for photos and more coverage from the hearing.

Michael Feiner June 15, 2011 at 07:44 PM
Dear Community, Thank you all for your contributions and support as Bayside Hills had its day in court at the Board of Standards and Appeals yesterday. I've been telling people that I felt like an Old West sheriff going after the bad guys with the best posse imaginable. I'd like to extend our appreciation to Senator Tony Avella, not only for providing excellent testimony at the hearing through District Representative Xavier San Miguel, but for arranging for an enormous, comfortable coach bus to transport us to the BSA in Manhattan. All our speakers at the hearing were absolutely fabulous. Our group of speakers was enhanced with Councilman Dan Halloran being there in person along with Community Board 11 Chair, Jerry Iannece and Henry Euler, chairman of Community Board 11's environmental committee. Joining us also was Anthony Lemma with excellent testimony from State Assemblyman David Weprin, plus speakers from the Bayside Hills Board of Directors, and residents of Bayside Hills. Once again I must reiterate, each and every one of these speakers were exceptional-----------------Michael Feiner, BHCA President
Michael Feiner June 15, 2011 at 07:47 PM
(Continued) Following our registered speakers’ testimony came what was for me the highlight of the entire hearing. The remainder the audience, all Bayside Hills residents and supporters, lined up and one by one, went up to the podium and personally voiced their dissent. Following the last speaker, we all stood as one and gave all our speakers a rousing round of applause. It was a sight to behold! As expected our travails opposing this variance are not over as our case will reconvene Tuesday, July 26th at 1:30. One of the last requests by BSA Chair Person Meenakshi Srinivasan of the developer’s architect, Paul Bonfilio, was to provide photographs of Bayside Hills houses that have similar conditions as 50-20 216th Street. Hopefully, opposing this facet of the case will be the last leg of our journey and sometime after July, we will finally emerge victorious. As the hearing was adjourned, we boarded the bus for the two and a half hour rush hour journey home, filled with war stories galore-------------Michael Feiner, BHCA President

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