Catherine Almon has lived on 166th St. in Fresh Meadows all her life. Her parents bought the wood frame Cape Cod-style house two years before she was born.
"All those years, it has been such a wonderful place to live," said Almon, 56. "Now, I am worried."
She and her neighbors along 166th St., between Metcalf and Lithonia Aves., are none too happy about a new arrival at 49-23 - a house that dwarfs the others on the block.
But instead of just wringing their hands, these neighbors launched an unusually organized campaign to make sure the house conformed to local zoning.
Residents fight to stop McMansion, say it will kill Fresh Meadows
Jim Ford, who has lived on 166th St. for 28 years, said he's worried about the future of the neighborhood.
"Since the stop-work [order] was lifted they have been working like crazy," Ford said. "What is going to happen is they are going to build to a point where the city will say 'What the heck. The house is finished so we will not have them tear it down.' "
Almon also fears the trend toward bigger houses will destroy the area's cozy feel. "When that happens," she said, "this neighborhood as we know it will die."
Jim is smart. That's exactly what will happen. Pay a few hundred dollars and you can keep your out-of-scale house. That's how we do things in NYC, NY, USA. Looks like they tried the old "ALT 1" ruse here but built a new house instead.