Dec. 7, 2018 Staff Report
An iconic triangular lot at the corner of 48th Street and Queens Boulevard that houses three longtime businesses is in the process of being sold, the Sunnyside Post has learned.
The two-story lot, with an address of 47-02 Queens Blvd., has been home to Optimo Cigars, The Veer Mailbox Inc. and Avalon Florist for decades.
A “store closing” sign has already gone up at Optimo Cigars, the bodega at 47-02 Queens Blvd.
The owner, who would only identify himself as Jack, said he’s been running the store at the site for 36 years.
The bodega owner was told by the building’s landlord, Peter Conte, that he had to leave by the end of the year.
Conte, he said, had been looking to sell the site for some time.
Despite the near four-decade run, Optimo Cigars will not be looking to relocate.
The Veer Mailbox at 47-01 Greenpoint Ave., meanwhile, was also told to close up shop by the end of the year, according to Sunil Shah, who opened the mail services business there 14 years ago.
Shah had been operating on a month to month lease, and is looking for a new location to continue operations in the neighborhood.
Conte, whose family has run Avalon Florist at 47-06 Queens Blvd. since 1953, confirmed that he is in the process of selling the property.
The sale, he noted, has not been finalized, but will likely go through for early next month.
The businessman and property owner may look to relocate the flower shop elsewhere in Sunnyside.
He is unaware of the buyer’s plans for the property.
The lot is across the street from the “Sunnyside Point” a four-story building set to open in early 2019 after years of construction.
The developers demolished the prior building at the site that housed businesses like King Boulevard, SSS Video, and Azteca Restaurant to make way for the project.