HUNTERS Point Dental will be moving to new and bigger offices at the base of One Vernon Jackson. This prime new location, on Vernon Boulevard just south of Cafe Henri, has been vacant since the building’s construction in 2010. Moreover, HP Dental’s previous home three storefronts north of Dorian’s Diner (49-13 Vernon Boulevard), will now be open to a new tenant for the first time in 32 years!
HP Dental’s move, is part of an organizational change, as they are merging with the larger ProHealth Dental in Long Island. I spoke with the owner Dr. Daniel Weinstein, aka Dr. Dan, who started practicing in Long Island City 35 years ago, and “never could have imagined I’d still be here in 2017. Back in the 1980’s, everyone would tell him “Someday…” in reference to the neighborhood. Of course that day didn’t really come until after the turn of the century.
In that time, it hasn’t been unusual for Dr. Dan to have kept healthy four generations of teeth for many families. Now, for several reasons, he has decided to make a change. First, it will allow him to focus solely on practicing dentistry at a time when the administrative burden has become much bigger. Secondly, there will now be specialists onsite who can provide things like implants and braces, so he will no longer have to ship patients off to Manhattan and Astoria. Finally, it will allow him to update the office and bring in new technology, whilst keeping all the familiar faces on his current staff.
The build-out and move should be completed sometime this summer. Which leaves one question unanswered: what’s coming in to the old location?
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