This was posted awhile back on Joey in Astoria:
Apparently, there’s an old mansion on 47th Street just south of the BQE. It was built in 1830, but suffered some damage in the 90s due to vandalism. It sits on landmarked land, so there’s less of a chance it’ll be razed. They got this from a Queens Gazette story.
Joey received a reply from someone claiming to be a nephew of the former owner who challenged their account:
"...the property wasn’t sold in 1996 it was sold last june so i don’t know where your getting your information from but it’s very wrong."
Outer B is authored by the same person who posts to Joey. You'd think someone who runs a real estate blog would have verified whether the property was landmarked and the year it was sold, two things fairly simple to look up, but both they and the Gazette reporter didn't do either. I'm proud to say that Queens Crap readers immediately knew this wasn't landmarked, and yours truly offered proof of that, which is more research than any of the previously mentioned members of the media apparently did. ACRIS shows the deed to the property changed hands last year.
Fact-checking is underrated these days.