Next time you're on the L.I.E, take a glance over at 61-11 159th Street in Fresh Meadows. This is a very special piece of crap, because despite its outward appearance, this is not really a new building. You see, it's really what DOB refers to as an "ALT-1", or major alteration. Oh I know, you're probably thinking this looks like they demolished an entire house and rebuilt one 3 times the size, but it's not true.
Look - there is a piece of original building there so they could apply for an ALT-1 permit, instead of having to apply for demo and new building permits. Not only did they pull that cute move, but also are invoking the "community facilities provision" by declaring that they will put a medical office on the first floor.
As you can see, it was an attached house just like the one next to it. And it had a lot of green around it. Now the only green associated with this project will be found lining the developer's pockets. It's interesting that they were shut down multiple times for worker safety violations, etc. but that the inspector never seemed to notice that this was a new building instead of an alteration. Also interesting that you can pay the fine but not prove compliance and get the SWO lifted.