From SI Live:
A classic, turn-of-the-century Victorian house once graced 37 Liberty Ave. Not anymore.
The only thing standing on this site now is a wooden construction fence, with a sign announcing the construction of a two-family home "with many upgrades." It's a scenario that sadly repeats itself, on the East Shore and elsewhere on Staten Island.
For native Staten Islander Gail Heavey Aninowsky, now a resident of Matawan, N.J., the loss of the old house, which her grandfather, Henry Meise, purchased in 1910 from the Colebrook family, prompted personal reflection and a tide of remembrances.
"At a time when so many charming old homes are being torn down at the hands of hungry builders, I feel it is important to honor and remember what once was," she wrote to Advance, enclosing photographs of the shingle and clapboard house as it looked 90 years ago, in 1920, with its shuttered windows, gabled roof, stately corner turret, and stained-glass details.