Dear Queens Crapper, Splitting Hairs and Forest Hills 72,
My name is Matches Malone. I have written to both the crapper and splitting hairs before about a serious and now dangerous issue that has been affecting homeowners in northern Forest Hills, Crapper see your post entitled Walls of Jericho.
The situation is gotten out of hand, however there is a major development. For months I've been complaining about the mcmansion that is constantly being added onto like a Lego playset. The "house" at 110-15 63rd Drive was being modded again however the DOB finally took someone's complaint and issued both a stop work order and ECB violation. It seems almost everything these homeowners, who are Bukarian Jewish immigrants, are illegal and off the books. More details can be found here...
The buck doesn't stop there. At a house located directly behind it, 110-14 63rd Road, is another mcmansion and guess what? It was also complained about during the summer. The DOB guys have also issued violations for that monstrosity however the damage is already done and neighbors have to put up with that eyesore. What's worse is that house causes flooding on 63rd Road and 110th street anytime, like today, it rains. They too are Bukarian Jewish immigrants and I believe related to the homeowners at 110-15 63rd Drive. More on that house's violations here...
Walk a couple of yards and you'll find another house of pain, 110-26 63rd Road. This place has been expanded so much that it doesn't have a front or back yard anymore. Apparently no one complained till this summer and, you guessed it, it finally got hit with a DOB violation for illegal conversion.
They are also Bukarian Jewish immigrants (I'm not racist at all but all of you I know read that NY Times piece in July and know that they have been making these homes without care for the neighborhood)
But wait there's more, and this one is the tipping point. A house located at 110-46 63rd Road is being complete demolished, and I mean the crane and gut kind. The poor homeowners have had to deal with the trucks etc. Well it seems last week someone complained and the whole thing was illegal. DOB violations galore and now the community has to deal with a half-demolished house.
As you can read, this is really a problem and something needs to be done. Four illegal conversions on one block and you'd think DOB would catch on. This needs to be known to the whole city and these homeowners should be investigated and possibly jailed for their illegal activities. It's bad enough that the neighbors have to put up with these ugly homes, and selfish people but to have these illegal things go on without stop is horrible.
I hope all of you can post something on this and stir action, because neighbors here, except those mysterious complainers, are afraid to speak up. The way these shady homeowners act, it's like they're an organized crime family, which may not be far from the truth.
I have enclosed pictures of 3 of the 4 houses mentioned. You can mention me, matches, in the blog and this message but do not mention my e-mail address.
Thank you for your help, and if you need anything more please feel free to e-mail me. Thanks again.