Fix Vleigh Place
Jun 20, 2017 | 15309 views | 0 0 comments | 837 837 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor,

If you're seeking another Eyesore of the Week, take a photo of Vleigh Place between 77th Road and 78th Avenue in Kew Gardens Hills.

A five-alarm fire destroyed 14 stores and injured three firefighters on December 30, 2016. Cops boarded up the block on December 31. Nothing has been done since. It resembles Detroit after the 1967 riots or Berlin at the end of World War II.

No one has told residents what will happen to this ruined real estate. We hear rumors that store owners sued the landlord, who filed an insurance claim but has not received any money.

The longer this situation continues, the richer that two key parties will become. Lawyers who bill $800 an hour will reap fat fees, and insurers will make big profits by collecting premium payments and denying claims.

Why don't city agencies & public officials intervene? Isn't that their job?


Richard Reif

Kew Gardens Hills

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