Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Mighty John Young strikes again
...Chris Lundgren's family has lived on 32nd St., between 36th and 37th Aves., in Dutch Kills, since his great-grandparents came from Germany in the early-1900s.
Dutch Kills neighbors together vs. Department of Planning
"My mother and father still live in the house I grew up in," says Lundgren, a Teamster on movie sets who lives at 36-32 32nd St. "In 1996 I bought this house on the same block. My sister also lives on the block. It's a great neighborhood with great people and a great view of Manhattan."
He produces a map of Dutch Kills prepared by the city planners in which their block is shaded with diagonal lines, which the map legend decodes this way: Projected Lots. "Which means the city itself expects these properties to soon be reduced to lots," says Lundgren.
On the map, this little block in Queens that oozes history, a place where four generations of a single family has lived and paid taxes, had been reduced to something called Sub Area C.