Blogger Christopher Blair makes our morning with a truly bizarre report from Queens:
Wanted to tell you about whats going down up on the Ditmars area in Astoria. First of all, Burger King closed without any explanation, which was really odd because it was popular (busy).Anyone got more details? Photos? The cover-up will not continue under Curbed's watch!
THEN..... McDonalds burned down in a "mysterious" 3-alarm Fire.
THIRD.... KFC "lost its lease".......how does a billion dollar international company lose its lease?
All of these places had been operating for years. And you can't blame gentrification; there are still lots of nasty-ass shops on the 31st street where these places are. One dude who tried to raise the rent on the medical office space he owned has had to eat about 14 months of vacancy.
The upshot of this is that there are now no fast food joints near the Ditmars station. Been hearing some wispers that it's some sort of Greek conspiracy to keep out a certain ethnic group that really loves fried foods.