From the Daily News:
Fearing the demolition of one of Woodside's oldest homes, preservationists are urging the city to landmark what they believe was a 19th century inn.
But the family that owns the 64th St. site disputes that it ever housed Shaw's Hotel. The family hopes to sell the land for $1.6 million, billing it as "a builder's delight."
A 1994 book about Woodside by local author Catherine Gregory said the hotel was on Woodside Ave. near 64th St., near where the Glaze home stands.
Gregory's book says that innkeeper Benjamin Shaw bought a 50-acre plot in Woodside for $5,530 on March 26, 1842.
Three homes were on the borders of the farm, including Shaw's Hotel. After he died, the land was auctioned as four lots in 1857.
Joanne Garahan, a board member at the Queens Historical Society, labeled the house "amazing" and said a photo from the 1800s proved it hasn't changed much.
Garahan wants the city Landmarks Preservation Commission to designate the site, protecting it from destruction.
"Before things disappear forever, we should make sure LPC is doing everything it can," said City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), who supports the landmarking.
Glaze said she wants to sell to a group that will turn the home into a museum, but she doubted its worth as a historic site.
"There's trash all over," she said. "It's just not an area where I would consider that house being of value."
You mean the neighbors or actual trash? What a strange thing to say...