Please Oppose a 28 Story Tower
on Vernon Boulevard.


Simon Baron Development is applying to the NYC Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) for a variance to build a 28 story residential tower on the Paragon Paint Factory site at Vernon Blvd and 45th Road. This proposed project vastly exceeds what zoning now allows on Vernon Blvd. and would dwarf surrounding buildings.

The variance, if granted, sets a dangerous precedent that threatens what remains of our neighborhood’s low rise buildings, small homes, and businesses.

Our local Community Board (CB2) has voted decisively against the variance. But we need to speak out as individuals from the Community in opposition to the variance. Time is short, since the application will likely be heard in April.

If you agree that this is YOUR community and want YOUR VOICE to count in determining the future of our neighborhood, please sign the Petition at the link included below.

Please also consider making a fully tax deductible donation of any amount to the Hunters Point Community Coalition (HPCC). Founded in 1997, HPCC is raising money for legal representation to educate the community in its response to this variance application.

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We, the undersigned, OPPOSE the BSA Application for the Paragon Paint Building, 4540 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY (Calendar Number: 233-15-BZ).

We believe that (i) the scale of project is entirely inappropriate for the surrounding neighborhood; (ii) the project will have a detrimental affect on the character of the existing neighborhood; (iii) a development of this size will compound the infrastructure problems we have been experiencing due to the explosive growth of our neighborhood; and (iv) a variance would amount to "spot zoning" that should be avoided until a comprehensive and thoughtful plan for the entire neighborhood can be considered through the appropriate political process.

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Name:Freda Hinsche Otto
Date:April 21, 2016 - 07:58 pm
Comment:I oppose. This is ridiculous.

Name:Karen Murphy E-mail:
Date:April 18, 2016 - 08:01 pm
Comment:I oppose.

Name:Kate Mesquita E-mail:
Date:April 18, 2016 - 04:01 pm

Name:Kimberly E-mail:
Date:April 16, 2016 - 08:55 am
Comment:I oppose.

Name:Patricia Dorfman E-mail:
Date:April 14, 2016 - 12:01 pm
Comment:I oppose.

Name:Justin E-mail:
Date:April 13, 2016 - 04:27 pm

Name:john bradley
Date:April 13, 2016 - 02:09 pm
Comment:Additionally, Anable Basin is a treasured community resource and development should not be allowed until a plan is adopted respecting the interests of the many community stakeholders - pedestrians, boaters, naturalists, etc.

Name:Jen Russell E-mail:
Date:April 13, 2016 - 01:26 pm
Comment:I oppose.

Name:Mary Olinger
Date:April 12, 2016 - 01:28 pm
Comment:I oppose. This development will be a blight on the neighborhood and irreparably destroy its character.

Name:Cynthia Jackson
Date:April 10, 2016 - 08:39 am
Comment:I strongly oppose! Please do not ruin our neighborhood any further.

Name:Denise newinski
Date:April 10, 2016 - 08:37 am
Comment:I oppose. This is outrageous!!

Name:Maria Nikolopoulos E-mail:
Date:April 09, 2016 - 01:18 am
Comment:I oppose this. These buildungs are out of control ! This is not Manhattan ! This monstrosity will block the sun and sky for many surrounding buildings.

Name:Joslyn King E-mail:
Date:April 08, 2016 - 03:58 pm
Comment:I oppose.

Name:jenny dubnau
Date:April 08, 2016 - 03:19 pm
Comment:I oppose.

Name:Judy Yeh E-mail:
Date:April 08, 2016 - 12:38 pm
Comment:I oppose.

Name:Tania Talbot
Date:April 08, 2016 - 12:02 pm
Comment:I oppose.

Name:Christina Bryant
Date:April 08, 2016 - 11:38 am
Comment:As a 10 year resident, I oppose. This building does not fit the character of the neighborhood and it will cause stress upon our current resources and transportation.

Name:Jodi Beck E-mail:
Date:April 08, 2016 - 11:35 am
Comment:I oppose.

Name:Fausto Lima E-mail:
Date:April 08, 2016 - 10:54 am
Comment:I oppose.

Name:Lauren Johnert
Date:April 08, 2016 - 08:45 am
Comment:I oppose.

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Download Petition (PDF)

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If you collect signatures please please drop off  at:
LIC Corner Cafe
21-03 45th Rd, LIC, NY 11101

Community Board 2 Opposition Letter (PDF)

CB2 Website Home

Links to BSA Application Files:
  • BSA Application - Paragon Paint
  • BZ Application Form
  • DOB Objections
  • Affidavit of Ownership
  • Affidavit of Ownership Lot 10
  • Statement of Facts
  • Statement of Facts 2
  • Certificates of Occupancy
  • Financial Feasibility Study
  • Zoning Map
  • BSA Zoning Analysis Form
  • Detailed Zoning Compliance Drawings
  • Tax Map
  • Radius Diagram-Land Use Map
  • Photographs
  • Existing Condition Plans
  • Conforming As-of-Right Plans
  • Proposed Conditions Plans
  • List of Affected Property Owners and Tenants