New owner gives Whitestone eyesore makeover

City Councilman Dan Halloran (l.) thanks Robin Singh for helping reinvent a previously vacant lot and eyesore along Francis Lewis Boulevard. Photo by Nykeema Williams
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The shovels have hit the ground at a Whitestone eyesore along Francis Lewis Boulevard.

City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) laced up his working boots Tuesday morning and took to the vacant lot near the intersection of an abandoned corner property, at 24-19 Francis Lewis Blvd. in Whitestone, alongside property owner Robin Singh to help spread some topsoil for new greenery.

“Hopefully, with this tree the site will become a green oasis instead of the urban wasteland it has been for so long,” Halloran said. “I thank the property owner for hearing the cries of the community.“

Singh said the lot should be complete by the end of the week.

The lot has been vacant and full of vegetation and debris for years before residents and local lawmakers moved to change its image. A trademark wooden fence riddled with graffiti became a common eyesore for residents in Whitestone.

“One of the problems is that this lot has changed hands several times recently,” Halloran said. “The new owner is anxious to be a good neighbor, and we are pleased to work with him on behalf of the community.”

Singh said he was glad to finally break ground at the site. He shoveled topsoil alongside Halloran, courtesy of Flushing’s Garden World.

“I’m happy to finally get this behind us,” Singh said.

Halloran said he has been working with the city Department of Buildings for more than two years to improve the property. He and Singh had a meeting two weeks ago, where they agreed to replace the signature graffiti-ridden fence with a taller, chain-link fence, which has since been installed.

“Commissioner Gluckman, Mr. Singh and I agreed that the higher fence would discourage dumping and trespassing, so it made sense to do it here,” Halloran said, referring to Ira Gluckman, the DOB commissioner.

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) also issued a press release claiming he had played a role in the revamping of the lot. The senator said he worked with the DOB to contact the property’s owner and erect a chain-link fence in the place.

“This plywood graffiti fence has been an eyesore in this neighborhood for years,” Avella said. “I am pleased that DOB came to its senses and ordered the owner to tear it down. The construction fence attracted an unbearable amount of graffiti and illegal dumping and became a real blight on this community. This is welcome news to those in the community that have been forced to look at and live with this nuisance.”

According to Avella, he worked alongside North East Flushing Civic Association President Peter Brancazio to have the property cleared after years of inactivity.

“By working together with the community, we have been able to dramatically transform this abandoned lot,” Avella said, “though there is still work to do, taking down the graffiti construction fence is a significant and much-needed accomplish­ment.”

Reach reporter Phil Corso by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4573

Posted 12:00 am, April 29, 2012
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Mike says:
Vic you might be right and lets hope this is the case.

Ang, why is it every time someone comments on something in this paper especially about Halloran you automatically assume its Alfredo?

Remember the advice given to you. "Light and Sweet" ? Try being a little more light and sweet instead of attacking, and the wrong person at thet!

My name is Mike and I asked the question about Singh, or whatever the new owners name is.
April 30, 2012, 2:32 pm
Angelo says:
So Alfredo, same question! When your not using your real name, do you think it's not you making all your senseless comments?

Lets hope this is not the case.
April 30, 2012, 3:27 pm
Carmine says:
"According to Avella, he worked alongside North East Flushing Civic Association President Peter Brancazio to have the property cleared after years of inactivity."

What about Malba Gardens Civic, Tony? Hmmm.
May 1, 2012, 9:25 am
Alfredo (Carmine) Who ever it is: from Here are the facts says:
From the Daily News:

Singh said the next step is seeing if they will help him work with the city to develop on the property. He was told the lot is just 100 square feet shy of the requirement to build.

And here comes the BSA application due to an "irregular shaped piece of property!"
May 2, 2012, 6 am
Alfredo C from Malba Gardens says:
The above commentator is not Alfredo C from Malba Gardens Civic.

for further information email us at
May 2, 2012, 1:44 pm
Cindy says:

"Dead last in 51st place were Dan Halloran (R-Queens) and his predecessor Tony Avella, now a state senator. Over the four-year period, they pulled in just $9.5 million for their constituents"
May 2, 2012, 2:59 pm
Ang says:
If you want to laugh really hard, we can talk about Alfredo's accomplishments over the four-year period. Now that's funny!
May 2, 2012, 3:09 pm
Cindy says:
No nead to laugh Ang remember "Light and Sweet" lets talk about your accomplishments Ang, let these people know who you are and how you have been a pillar of the community let them know all you have done for Whitestone.

May 2, 2012, 4:13 pm
Angelo says:
Alfredo, your a funny guy!
May 2, 2012, 4:44 pm
Joe Pesci says:
Funny how?
May 2, 2012, 8:46 pm
Angelo says:
Alfredo, I'm glad you find this amusing but you slander our Senator and Councilman and even me with your made up stories and always posting under different names. I find that gutless to say the least. Stop by let's talk about it.
May 3, 2012, 1:25 pm
Carmine says:
You want him to stop by? Where exactly? He slanders the senator and councilman? And you? How so? Did you read your post about him? Accusing him of using other names? You talk about laughing? Look at yourself before you make accusations or are you projecting what you do on others? I don't know if he will stop by, but if you want to talk, tell me where, maybe I'll "stop by". But before we do that, read your comments, read the other comments, make sure you are accusing the right person, think about what you posted, and who is posting here and why. Read your comments. Then let me know if you want to talk?
May 3, 2012, 3 pm
Mike says:
Sounds like a threat?
May 3, 2012, 7:09 pm
Ang says:
Alfredo (Carmine), your words are strong but the person is very weak, that is why you are such a joke. Stop by anytime, I'll make it light and sweet.
May 4, 2012, 7:51 am
Lisa from Whitestone says:
Hey Ang, we all know! This guy gets away with insulting everybody by using a series of different names and when someone calls him out on it (like you do) he just denies it anyway. Don't bother wasting your time with this nut.
May 4, 2012, 9:32 am
Carmine says:
Where exactly and can I come to
May 4, 2012, 12:11 pm
Alfredo says:
The above commentator is not Alfredo C from Malba Gardens Civic.
May 4, 2012, 1:24 pm
Lisa says:
Maybe not you per se, Carmine is just your more dominant personality!
May 4, 2012, 5:37 pm
Lisa says:
Oh yeah, in this discussion he had some added help from his MPD friends, Cindy and Mike.
May 4, 2012, 6 pm
Carmine says:
Sounds like a party to me
May 4, 2012, 8:09 pm
Lisa says:
That's right. All you need is Alfredo and a keyboard.
May 5, 2012, 2:24 pm
Dorothy says:
Playground opening soon.
May 5, 2012, 3:39 pm
Lisa says:
less time on the computer, right Al.
May 6, 2012, 3:41 pm
Rodney says:
Now your calling him al, good sign! Can't we all just get along?
May 6, 2012, 8:05 pm
Lisa from Whitestone says:
There is just to many "we all" when it comes to you, Al.
May 7, 2012, 8:18 am
Rodney says:
too not to
May 7, 2012, 12:40 pm
Lisa says:
Keep the school work in school.
May 7, 2012, 1:25 pm
Barbara from Whitestone says:
Mr. Centola, it is absolutely fascinating reading your condescending, childish responses to negative comments that you have introduced under a variety of different names. Maybe it is high time you grow up.

Lisa, It may be time for you to find a new hobby as well.
May 7, 2012, 2:55 pm
Lisa says:
Gee Barb, fascinating reading, hobby of yours?
May 7, 2012, 3:15 pm
EllenB says:
Interesting take, thank you Barbara. So you are certain of the last name of the person or persons commenting on this page?

Thank you ever so much for your interpretation.

Maybe we should get an injunction on this site to prevent comments from people that do not provide their email. As a way of knowing who really is commenting.

Know how we can get that injunction?
May 7, 2012, 7:20 pm
Lisa says:
Oh Al, you really are a funny guy.
May 8, 2012, 6:07 am
Barbara says:
EllenB, you and I have been down this road before and as you know,our community is very familiar with the well documented on-line behavior of your client and quite frankly we are tired of it.

Maybe instead of speaking for him, you may want to speak to him.
May 8, 2012, 10:35 am
EllenB says:
Client? I know not what you speak of. I have not worked for over 10 years and am happily enjoying my retirement.

What road have we been down? Our discourse has always been pleasant and cordial. Unlike the rantings of others on this site claiming to be people they clearly are not. I am a little surprised that you would use the last name of an individual who has not made a comment on this thread. You are making assumptions without any evidence . This surprises me about you this time around. If it really is you.
May 8, 2012, 12:54 pm
Lisa says:
Hey Al, when your playing EllenB, do you put on the long black eye lashes, the large yellow and polka dot dress, high heals and flake boobs to? (or is it too).
May 9, 2012, 9:45 am
Carmine says:
It is not Alfredo from Malba Gardens doing this, he has many imposters as do I. All you people are pathetic.
May 9, 2012, 4:48 pm
Mike says:
doing what?
May 9, 2012, 4:52 pm
Carmine says:
Mike, people are pretending to be Alfredo from Malba Gardens, they have nothing else to do but try to tarnish the reputations of a great man.
May 9, 2012, 5:40 pm
Lisa says:
May 10, 2012, 1:58 pm
Kim Lo from Whitestone says:
Wow! Now we have all once again survived Alfredo's ranting and self praising, I would like to thank City Councilman Dan Halloran for once again doing a great job on yet another Whitestone eyesore project. Thanks Dan!
May 11, 2012, 11:29 am
Alfredo says:
Dan Halloran is a knight in shining armor for Whitestone thank you mr. Halloran
May 11, 2012, 10:53 pm
Alfredo says:
Dan Halloran is a knight in shining armor for Whitestone thank you mr. Halloran
May 11, 2012, 10:53 pm
Lisa says:
In addition to all your other characters, you personally have two faces. I only hope when our noble knight rides his horse jumps over your pile of sh**.
May 13, 2012, 7:14 pm

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