Funeral home to be replaced by housing

Parkside Memorial Chapel in Rego Park is slated to be replaced by an apartment building.
Plans on the Department of Buildings website states that the Jewish funeral home will be demolished to make room for a seven-story apartment building with 51 units and commercial space.
An original proposal by the developer was rejected by the City Planning Commission (CPC). However, the current proposal is legal under the land’s current zoning, and the developer is moving forward with the project as an as-of-right development.
“What was agreed upon, among other things, is that on the site of Parkside Chapels a high-rise apartment building would be erected dedicated solely for senior affordable housing,” said Koslowitz. “I am assuming that the 100 percent affordable housing plan is off the table. But, the developer by law, even with an as-of-right project must set aside 30 percent of the units for affordable housing.”
An online petition was started to stop the demolition of Parkside. Opponents of the plan say there are historic items inside the chapel that will be destroyed along with it. It was built in 1961.
“As a 58 year resident of Rego Park-Forest Hills, it certainly pains me that Parkside Chapels is to be lost as a business as well as neighborhood architectural staple,” said Koslowitz.
The funeral home was designed in 1961, and many feel that it is a historic and important part of Queens, including Michael Perlman, the chairman of the Rego-Forest Preservation Council.
“It was a place where many Queens residents and other residents from New York found peace at a time of challenge,” added Michael Perlman, chair of the Rego-Forest Preservation Council. “It was a very graceful and spiritual chapel and was intelligently designed.”
Ohr Synagogue and the Tower Diner, both located on Queens Boulevard, face possible demolition to make room for more housing.
“I feel that if we continue to witness the loss of these buildings in the name of so-called progress, it will be counterproductive to try to maintain our identity as a community and as a borough,” said Perlman.

No coverage

Dear Editor,
I found it disgraceful that the funeral for fallen police officer Anastasios Tsakos on May 4 was not carried live on any network station.
I called all the metropolitan networks, and the only channel that would even discuss this blatant disrespect was a woman from Channel 5, who agreed with me, but said those decisions are made above her. I thanked her for at least listening to me.
Channel 11 actually hung up on me twice when I asked why the service wasn’t being televised. Channel 4 and 7 advised it was on their website, but were unable to answer how the large segment of their audience without the ability to access the web could watch.
Channel 7 also told me they don’t usually televise funerals, but again were unable to provide an answer when I told them the George Floyd memorial and funeral were carried live by them.
I guess to them he was just another cop, but he wasn’t just that to his family, friends, fellow NYPD officers and the countless citizens he assisted during his career.
It’s time for the media to be held accountable for their lack of regard and concern for the brave men and women of law enforcement, who are the first ones they call when they need help. May God continue to bless and look after the members of all law enforcement departments.
Ray Schick

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