See that interesting-looking Tudor-style house between the sets of detached homes and rowhouses?
Here's what the one-family house was replaced with: PROPOSED 8 FAMILY DWELLING WITH 6 STORY & CELLAR. It's at 64-64 Wetherole Street in Rego Park. As you can see, it's had its share of violations.
Some of the comments I have gotten from people I have showed this to are, "How the hell did they get away with that?" and "This makes me want to throw up!"
But hey - it turns out this raping of the block is 100% legal, thanks to our illustrious Department of City Planning with assistance from the local councilperson.
From an urban planner who was sent these photos:
"The building at Wetherole Street is awful - but, it's a block that cat-litter Katz never rezoned, hence the R7-1 disaster being built."
"People talk to me about developers and their support, and my answer is, ‘They are the folks who care deeply about the direction this city is going.’" - Councilmember Melinda Katz, Chair of Land Abuse