On The Market: Queens Crap Blvd, Forest Hills
Dotting the southwest corner of 67th Drive and Queens Boulevard was once a 1920's Muller Brothers Moving and Storage building, which featured intricate brickwork and arched windows. In the early 2000's, it was completely revamped and converted into to a resin-based synthetic stucco bright blue prefabricated residential building with beige unproportional growths protruding from the top and back. It is known as the "Viscaya West" apartment building.
Blue was chosen to combat the soot from the heavily congested Queens Blvd, according to the developer. The building incorporates generic faux balconies which mask the exposed AC vents, compliments of the developer. See how the dramatic entryway leads up to the name. "Welcome home to your residential aviation barracks on Queens Boulevard!"
Directly across the street to the east, we come upon two additional buildings stuck together like glue; erected 2003-2004 and 2005-in progress, respectively. There has obviously been a shortage of windows, as well as typical stucco & penny-pinching terrace railings, amongst other degrading features.
Take particular note of the Genetics training center store at 102-02 Queens Blvd, underneath the building. There's no longer a need to take the stairs on the right. If you're fit, just follow the arrow, and you'll find the quickest route down. Shall we attribute that to faulty engineering? What a violation!
The building under construction makes one wonder if the architect was bleary-eyed on the drawing board. First take note of the grand archways that lead to nowhere and the unproportional facade.
Then we come upon a small park which was once adjacent to a charming Art Deco diner, known as the Empress. Now the quarters are so tight, thanks to developers who build to the brink & exceed it, the site is gasping for air.
What ever happened to form, design, and community planning?
Submitted by M.P.