Love the site.
This is what happens when a neighborhood which should be designated an historic district (Forest Hills) isn't. The building on the right of the picture is new - still unoccupied (108-10 72nd Ave). It was just completed a few weeks ago (I've included the 'before' picture that shows what was knocked down last year). The beautiful building in the center (108-12 72nd) is typical of others in the area. The building on the left is about three years old (108-14 72nd). Both ugly buildings are the product of Franklin Baharestani and easily break zoning FAR codes according to NYCPropertyresearch. Baharestani was the guy who somehow figured out a way to get a three family fedders build in Forest Hills Gardens a few years ago. He even warranted an article many years back in the NY Times about his buildings.
This is on 72nd ave between Austin St. and Queens Blvd. It is the true heart of Forest Hills. Those side streets make the neighborhood (I've included some pictures from the other buildings).
I always thought Forest Hills had some protection, since everyone comments on the beautiful look of the neighborhood, especially in ECon (east of Continental). It's like Bronxville or Greenwich. WeCon is mostly chain stores so it's already gone. Forest Hills really need some kind of protections since it is a truly unique part of NYC.
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