One fine day last month, Frank Lloyd Crap invited yours truly on a tour of the Ditmars Blvd area of Astoria. After dining at Mike's, we sauntered down 31st Street to where the Crapmobile was parked. Along the way, we met the King of Queens Crap, Peter Vallone, Jr. across the street from a funky out-of-character building, and Frank made an announcement.
He is proud of his latest design, which was inspired by ancient Middle Eastern architecture. The development will be called the "The Ziggurat" or just "The Zig" for short.
I gently broke the news to Frank that the Zig has a stop work order on it. Pete chimed in with a wink, "Not a concern, because they never stopped working. And not to take anything away from Mr. Crap, who is both a major donor and a Facebook friend of mine, but this isn't a new building at all, but an alteration, as per the DOB."
Here's what it looked like back around the time they slapped it with a violation in 2008.
"BUT!" Frank interjected, "Just look at the wonderful amenities awaiting the eventual inhabitant of my latest masterpiece! Transportation and shopping right outside their door!"
Then he whipped this out:
Some things still leave the Crapper speechless. Like a car without doors or a hood next to a vendor tent set up on the sidewalk along a major thoroughfare in Mr. Public Safety's 'hood.