Squatters take over abandoned Triple Crown Diner in Bellerose

Photo by Czarinna Andres

The once-popular Triple Crown Diner, which has been closed for years, has now become a makeshift residence for a group of squatters.

The iconic eatery, once known for its round-the-clock service and bustling crowds, now presents a stark contrast with shattered glass doors and an overwhelming stench indicating long-term habitation.

Photo by Czarinna Andres

Recently, local residents have reported the deterioration of the building located at the corner of Jericho Turnpike and Commonwealth Boulevard, with there being clear signs of squatters and forced entry.

The diner’s glass doors appear to have been shattered from the inside, and remnants of torn police tape flutter by the entrance, suggesting previous attempts by the NYPD to get the occupants to vacate the site.

Photo by Czarinna Andres

Behind the building, near an outdoor shed, there are visible stacks of garbage, discarded household items, and other debris, contributing to the unsanitary conditions. The area reeks of human waste, raising health concerns among the community members.

Photo by Czarinna Andres

“This was once a spot where everyone would gather, day or night,” said Lailah DeLeon, a long-time Bellerose resident. “It’s heartbreaking to see it turn into this. Not only is it an eyesore, but it’s also a health hazard.”

Efforts to contact the property owner have been unsuccessful. Local law enforcement is aware of the situation.