From the Daily News:
Residents of a well-groomed Flushing block are fuming over a crumbling, single-family home - and the wild new neighbors who've moved in.
"Do you know who our neighbors are? Raccoons!" said Florence Levine, 75, who watches the critters come and go from her window next door.
Levine lives in fear that she'll fall victim to a raccoon attack when she goes to the backyard or takes out the trash.
"Even my dog is afraid of them," she said, holding her 11-year-old Bichon, Bijou II.
"We don't even want to walk out at night. That house is keeping us in ours," added her husband, Eugene Levine, 78.
Health Department officials say they haven't gotten any raccoon or pest complaints about the property, but the Levines aren't alone in being creeped out.
"I've seen raccoons come out of that house, some so big you can put a saddle on them!" said longtime neighbor Lee Lack. "I saw a mama raccoon with babies in their backyard this summer. I bet they are not babies anymore."
The raccoons moved in after the home went unkempt for too long, neighbors say. Buildings Department records show several stop-work orders beginning in 2008 for zoning violations and failing to obtain proper permits.
Neighbors say owner Annie Lin-Fu, who couldn't be reached for comment, had the home boarded up, then left it to rot. The fences have fallen over and weeds overwhelm the yard.