Car breaks glass doors at center in Little Neck

Car breaks glass doors at center in Little Neck
By Rich Bockmann

One of the partners working to open a new adult daycare center on Northern Boulevard in Little Neck said a bump in the road experienced last week would not change the plans to open the center’s glass doors this week.

Solomon Hwang said the building, at 250-21 Northern Blvd., used to be home to the Marathon Furniture company, which has been undergoing renovations to make way for the new Silver Town Adult Day Care Center for most of November, but last week a car went crashing through the floor-to-ceiling windows fronting the store as he worked in his office.

Hwang said he had just gotten up from his desk abutting the glass storefront to make a phone call when the car backed into the window.

“It was around 10:50 a.m.,” he recalled the next day. “The car kind of partially hit the building on its side and smashed through the glass.”

The black, four-door Nissan sedan apparently backed into the storefront, its trunk mangled after striking the brick wall and the western-most window. The impact knocked over a few boards leaning against the window and sent pieces of broken glass showering inside the office, covering the desk where Hwang had been sitting.

“Thank God no one was hurt,” he said. “Had it hit straight through the glass, I think there would have been a lot more damage.”

Hwang said he believed one pedestrian outside may have been injured, but not seriously.

It was not clear who the driver of the vehicle was.

The day after the accident, a new window had been installed, sans the frosting featured on the lower halves of the spared panes, and a sign hung behind the glass advertising the center’s open enrollment.

Hwang said Silver Town will specialize in offering a range of services to the aging Korean community.

These services include transportation, meals and ethnic-specific activities such as Korean folk dance and conversational English classes, legal consulting and recreation and sports.

Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at rbockmann@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4574.