The trees on each side of this property, located at the crossroads of Maspeth and Grand Avenues, were estimated by a former owner to have been more than 300 years old. The house in the background dated to pre-Civil War days.
And in spring of 2006, the oversized lot sported the inevitable "for sale" sign, with the realtor advertising its potential to host four multiple unit dwellings.
It was sold to a developer whose first priority was to cut down the trees because they would have gotten in the way of his Queens Crap aspirations.
The house was a grand example of 19th century architecture. It was believed to have been used as a boarding house during the stagecoach era, and its location at the crossroads of two Brooklyn-Newtown hauling routes lends credence to that theory.
It was inhabited by one family in recent years, who cashed out when the developer made them an offer they couldn't refuse. While they are enjoying retirement in Florida, their former neighbors are dealing with these eyesores. How can people who live in stately homes like this one allow them to be destroyed and replaced with Queens Crap?