Thursday, January 11, 2007

Won't You Be My Neighbor?

Submitted by M.P:

The west side of 66th Ave between 99th St & 102nd St, Rego Park, was formerly the site of a 1941 charming row of 2-family private homes. It was partially demolished in June 2005 to make way for a 7-story residential building with 22 dwelling units.
















Nothing says neighborliness like demolishing 4 & "a half" homes from an existing intact row, extending the property line out to the curb, and eliminating 60+ year-old mature trees with front lawns. Disturbing the continuity of the row and the block from 102nd St, we see a monster of a brick wall with half a house stuck to it. Perhaps the developer has intentions of continuing the overdevelopment of the block at some point, since the side is windowless. He's generous for leaving half a house. The building is still under construction, but immediately detectable is space for aluminum balconies which will rust in no time, stucco and orange bricks, and a massive out-of-proportion roof tower (a blank canvas). Looking west from the path on 66th Road, one would originally see an entire planned community of pink-roofed homes and a green oasis, with views to Flushing Meadows.

5 comments:

verdi said...

This is municipal planning at its best! An efficient form of "blockbusting" through the use of ugly "architectural- implants"! This is in hope of the neighbors getting disgusted enough to sell out then move so that the rest of the block may be torn down and built-up to the max!

Anonymous said...

Hey, where are the politicians, community boards, and newspapers? Oh come on guys, do you expect something this big to go up without comment? I guess the only answer these days to crap in Queens is Queens Crap!

mazeartist said...

This is in Melinda Katz's district, only a block away from the former Trylon Theater. No surprise here.

Anonymous said...

I call this a fine example of the "towering infernal" school of architecture! This is one that belongs in the "Katz- Litter -Box" since it's in the middle of her neighborhood". No insult intended to that other feline creature. Cats happen to be very clean animals. They don't tolerate "poop', (or in this case, Queens Crap) where they live. Well, as chair of the City Council Land Use Committee, she has certainly "abused" her area. Just how low can a person get? Maybe they'll catch her on something serious connected to Hevesi, then we'll be rid of her sooner. She's still got too much time left beforel she's term-limited out!

Anonymous said...

Melinda Katz is a dog.