Saturday, April 7, 2007
...coming to you live from Kew Gardens Hills, this seemingly steroid-engorged rowhouse at 77th Avenue and 138th Street was originally the same dimensions as the one to its right. Much of Kew Gardens Hills was built with these types of rowhouses in the 1940s and 50s, which feature landscaped green space in the front yard with parking on an alley to the rear. The corner house had a 15' wide garden, which has now been completely built on. Notice the roofline and setbacks and how they don't match up with the rest of the block. This area, zoned R4 (as is much of Queens), is a perfect example of why new zones need to be created to deal with one-family rowhouses. The Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association and the Queens Civic Congress are currently lobbying the Department of City Planning to create a new zone.