Oct. 2, 2014 By Christian Murray
The face of Greenpoint Avenue—between 47th and 48th Streets—is going to change as three long-time stores are closing.
King Boulevard, SSS Video and Azteca Restaurant have all been notified that they have to leave—as the owner of the property is selling it.
Mike Perez, who has owned King Boulevard for the past 31 years, said that he will be closing down his store at the end of the month. He said that the 47-18 Greenpoint Avenue property, which is owned by Greisman Properties, is currently in contract to be sold. He said that his landlord told him that the building will be torn down and redeveloped.
A lawyer, who represents a co-owner of Greisman Properties, confirmed that the building is in contract. However, he said that the building is likely to undergo a major renovation as opposed to redevelopment.
The name of the prospective buyer is not known and there are no filings with the Department of Buildings indicating that work is about to begin.
Meanwhile, Susa Prema, who has owned SSS Video/DVD since 1999, received a letter Aug 28 giving him 30 days to vacate his store. Prema, who has been renting on a month-to-month basis for years, said he is staying on through to December since he has a lot of inventory to get rid of. He said that he will wage battle in court to extend the lease period if necessary.
Prema too said that his landlord told him that the building is being demolished to make way for a new building.
The manager of Arteca, the Mexican restaurant, confirmed that the owner had been told to leave. However, he had no idea when it would close.