ASTORIA — Constructed in 1924, the Mary & Nellie (M&N) Building is associated with the wife and daughter of Capt. George Flavel, an early influential bar pilot, prominent businessman and real estate investor. While the captain is better known today, in their time, both women were recognized for their philanthropy.

For the last 20 or more years, the building has been a source of frustration to the community. No other commercial building has received more negative “Letters to the Editor,” or been the subject of more newspaper articles focused on its empty, deteriorated state.