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Apartments Planned To Be Built Over Chicken Shack

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March 31, 2016 By Jackie Strawbridge

Developers plan to stack two stories of apartments on top of the Broadway building currently occupied by the Chicken Shack.

Construction plans were filed Tuesday with the Department of Buildings for the enlargement of 36-19 Broadway, which would transform the two-story commercial building into a four-story retail and residential building.

According to the building plans, retail will remain on the first floor, while the second, third and fourth floors will hold two apartments each.

These development plans come on the heels of a fire that struck the Chicken Shack and its adjacent tenants – Jewels of Buddha handcrafts, Tone Pilates Studio and Winegasm Bar and Eatery – last October.

According to the FDNY, it was deemed to be an accidental electrical fire.

Chicken Shack and Winegasm reopened for business after the fire. Jewels of Buddha announced its closure in January on Facebook, citing major renovations.

Tone Pilates moved to 32-12 Broadway after the fire. Owner Jessica Hope said that the studio, which was on the second floor, was not brought back as a tenant after the fire.

The property owner, Phillips Brokerage, did not respond to requests for comment on this story.

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Anonymous

I used to eat a lot in Old location of the Chicken Shack but it wouldn’t ever eat at that location where it is now , when I was a kid that used to be the Nash Funeral Home on that corner in that building I don’t think residents would be so inclined to move there knowing that there used to be a funeral home there .

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Carmela Collier

Hey you shouldn’t be scared all the businesses are changing remember the old funeral home that was under the Train by Astoria Boulevard Now a Starbucks

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QnsResident

Great, because everyone wants their clothes to smell like chicken and live above a restaurant that started a fire and kicked out Buddhists.

I’m sad for Jewels of Buddha, it was a cute little store. I really hope they get fully compensated by their insurance company. Sadly, that lot will probably become a laundromat or some stupid coffee shop – like that old school vacuum store on Broadway.

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Robert

Quiff? It used to be called a pompadore but with the guys today “quiff” is much more appropriate.

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Astoria_Is_Overcrowded

quiff
colloq.
Generic anti-gay slur for gay men who will pay money to suck cock. [Bob needs money he is out looking for quiff.].
Source: [New York City mid 1960’s]

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jD

Yeah great! More apartments to house the influx of millennials and other self-absorbed douche bags.

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Clark

Seems fishy to me….Fire kicks out tenants and all the sudden the developer is building new apartments. Philips brokerage also recently had another building “accidentally” catch fire…would be curious to see if they are building new apartments there as well.

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TheTruth

As a homeowner, it has pros and cons. But when all is said and done I rather live and stay in Astoria and deal with these developments which add to my rental profits then some neighboring town of Queens. They add to my property value also but because i see limited relocation options in NYC for now I do not care because I do not plan to sell.

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James

I agree with you on the profits from the rising rents, but I worry about the strain on infrastructure especially parking and public transportation. This building isn’t that big but I think Astoria needs to be more serious on getting more public transportation services and parking lots in the neighborhood, as opposed to bike lanes which don’t benefit that many people.

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Martin L.

CB1 has the ability along with our other public officials to now start downsizing Astoria. Enough is really enough. Oh right most of them don’t live in Astoria but make decisions for Astoria. Makes sense.

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Carolyn

CB1 along with the elected officials have the power to Start Downsizing Astioria. Where are they. ????? Oh Yeah some of th don’t live in Astoria but are allowed to make decisions fo ASTORIA. Makes sense right?

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Anonymous

This is absolutely ridiculous!!!! The over development of 37th St. alone is outrageous! There has been a construction site on the block for 10 years straight. I’m over it!!! The Department of Buildings is not thinking of the current residents whatsoever. Enough is enough!!!

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Astoria_Is_Overcrowded

Yeah just what we need… more residents in Astoria, If it isn’t a Quiff it’s a trust fund Hipster. Great news.

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Carmrla

Maybe I’m out of the loop what’s a quiff just curious I know what a hipster is never heard of quiff?

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Jenn L

Nice cut if you are between 18-25 and have the face for it. I really like the man bun. Its sexy.

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todd

That is an expensive cut. I rather just keep it short and simple with my hair clippers.

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fred

The only one i recognize on that page is Elvis! I have a bald spot now. Oh to be young and again.

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Astoria_Is_Overcrowded

quiff
colloq.
Generic anti-gay slur for gay men who will pay money to suck cock. [Bob needs money he is out looking for quiff.].
Source: [New York City mid 1960’s]

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