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Offline lalochezia

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #225 on: October 24, 2017, 11:28:59 AM »
Explain please.

The landlord gets tax breaks for the "lost income" of an empty rental property. They take advantage of this by asking for outrageously high rents that they know nobody can afford, to get a bigger tax break and claim their property is worth more. They then use the artificially high value of the building as collatoral for bank loans to make other investments. In this way they actually make more money with an empty building than they would with tenants.

what does this have to do with maintaining a property as a leasee - the question asked?

 the leasee is paying rent.....

Offline Sabina

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #226 on: October 24, 2017, 10:10:52 PM »
I passed by earlier this evening and the shed is off! Exciting!

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #227 on: December 02, 2017, 03:18:44 PM »
Any news?  I remember hearing about Dec 1st as as soft opening?

Offline CaptainFlannel

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #228 on: December 02, 2017, 04:54:16 PM »
I trust the owner will let the board know when there is news to report on the opening.

Offline itsit

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #229 on: December 06, 2017, 10:15:00 PM »
 Here's hoping that the special Christmas Tourtiere pies will served in Jackson Heights this year. Really cannot wait.

Offline jeanette

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #230 on: December 07, 2017, 07:21:27 AM »
Here's hoping that the special Christmas Tourtiere pies will served in Jackson Heights this year. Really cannot wait.

One would think that Stew's kitchen is equipped to make the pies by now, and if so, they could be made and sold locally without the restaurant having opened. It would be a good prequel to the opening.

Stew, are you listening?

Offline deja

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #231 on: January 07, 2018, 11:15:48 PM »
Any word on Swim Two Birds?  I'm still hoping...

Offline dssjh

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #232 on: January 08, 2018, 09:47:06 AM »
they're clearly paying some attention to the space, since someone keeps taking down those annoying "Dillon for Congress" signs that go up almost weekly. :)

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #233 on: January 08, 2018, 11:40:41 AM »
True. However, I must say I am losing hope. It's so mysterious. I thought I heard that the renovation looked virtually complete. So what could be happening? "After the holidays" was the answer when my husband met the owner and asked when the place would open. I'm guessing that was in October, and there has been no activity since the shed came down probably around that time.

Offline amsci

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #234 on: January 08, 2018, 01:37:50 PM »
What's holding STB and the Queensboro up? Is it because they intend to serve alcohol?

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #235 on: January 08, 2018, 02:03:47 PM »
the Queensboro folks have been radio silent for ages, but Stew was on here months ago talking about building violations (not his own, but the actual structure) and other issues. nothing about the liquor licenses.

Offline the80s

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #236 on: January 08, 2018, 02:09:00 PM »
the Queensboro folks have been radio silent for ages

The Queensboro actually tweeted "coming soon!" in October, which, given that I think they were first "coming soon" in 2015, actually seems pretty recent. https://twitter.com/TheQueensboro/status/916044527588171776

No clue as to the reason behind the delays, however.

Offline ljr

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #237 on: January 08, 2018, 02:38:57 PM »
I heard that STB got its liquor license long ago. Not sure about Queensboro. I remember hearing the latter was slated for a summer 2017 opening. In both cases, it seems like renovations are substantially done, from what people have posted. Has it been about 3 years since each of these announced they were in the works? It's one of the strangest things I've ever heard of. Maybe STB is in some sort of legal limbo regarding the building violations? And maybe if there is legal action going on, rent doesn't have to be paid? Otherwise I cannot fathom how these owners can go on paying rent on businesses that haven't opened.

Offline jackinjh

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #238 on: January 08, 2018, 05:01:39 PM »
And same for Jackson Gyro, havent hear anything since last fall.

Offline Shelby2

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #239 on: January 08, 2018, 07:41:22 PM »
And same for Jackson Gyro, havent hear anything since last fall.

I peeked in through a tiny hole in the paper and the kitchen seems to be all set up at Jackson Gyro. I couldn't see the rest of the restaurant (seating area).

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Re: Status of Swim Two Birds Restaurant
« Reply #239 on: January 08, 2018, 07:41:22 PM »