The historic houses, located on the west side of 72nd Avenue between Austin Street and Queens Boule- vard, are currently selling for about $4 million, with realtors advertising four offices, 11 apartments and — most troubling for some locals — air rights that would allow future owners to modify or raze the structures.
“Why,” asked Perlman, “should properties that tell the story of the evolution of Forest Hills feed a landfill?”
Because developers want it that way and they run the city.
Commission Rejects Request To Landmark Forest Hills Site
This is cute. Katz scolding the Landmarks Commission:
The commission’s own data appear to bolster some of Perlman’s charges. According to figures obtained by Councilwoman Melinda Katz’s office, there are a total of 53 historic districts in Manhattan, in contrast to six in Queens. Additionally, there are 16 in Brooklyn, nine in the Bronx and three in Staten Island.
“The commission’s own data does reveal a stark disparity in the number of historic districts in Manhattan and throughout the rest of the city,” said James McClellan, a Katz spokesman.
Why do you think that is, James?