So, the NY Times came to Crappy's hood and interviewed the residents.
On a recent afternoon stroll, Mr. Holden expressed appreciation for the smaller, older houses — which still predominate — and shook his head at the sight of newer multifamily homes — which have increased in number in the last five years or so.
“We’re losing the charm of the neighborhood,” he said, adding, “We’ve seen some of the neighborhoods in New York City that have fallen, and we don’t want that to happen here.”
Joan Sammon, an agent at O’Kane Realty, shared that nostalgia. “There are some nice blocks where you used to say, ‘I loved that house with the big old magnolia tree,’ ” she said. “And it’s gone, and now there’s this big brick higher-density house there.”
Yes, Manhattan’s Over There. What of It?
Then the Gray Lady unnecessarily consulted an outsider who said that residents' overdevelopment concerns are not important.
But such development concerns are relatively small. Claudia Gryvatz Copquin, author of “The Neighborhoods of Queens,” published last year, said that while there is an uproar in many neighborhoods about the construction of large houses on tiny lots, that concern does not extend to Maspeth.
Who the hell is she to make a statement like that? Her own writing proves that she doesn't know the difference between Woodside, Elmhurst and Maspeth. But to the Times she's an expert on Queens neighborhoods because she wrote a book, the natives be damned.