At 64-49 56 Drive in Maspeth you will find the essence of Queens Crap - even appropriately colored in brown. You get the feeling the builder was influenced by a variety of architectural styles here. Traditional windows are installed right next to a big glass block window. Red awnings seemingly stolen from a 1905 townhouse are right next to a larger crap-colored awning that covers a large outdoor staircase - borrowed from the side of a theater, perhaps. And of course the building showcases the mandatory Fedders-under-the-window, and cars parked on what should be the yard.
We call it the "Maspeth mystery building" because DOB does not have any new building permits filed for it under its address. City planning records indicate it contains 9 "residential units" but has 15 "total units." Use the city map and enter this address and you will see what we mean. City planning also says that the building was built in 1986, however neighbors will tell you that it definitely was completed sometime during the Bloomberg administration.