From the Daily News:
Trash is piling high at a 19th-century Woodside hotel that neighbors say has descended from community gem to eyesore.
The 39th Ave. home, once known as Meyer's Hotel, has tree stumps, a discarded door and construction materials on its front lawn. Graffiti also mars its chain-link fence.
City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) called the mess at the former inn, which welcomed lodgers from 1882 to 1917, "at a minimum unattractive and possibly unhealthy."
Locals fear the house itself, whose columns appear to be crumbling, will fall into irreparable disrepair.
"History seems to be disappearing before my eyes," said Kristen Cullen, 39, of Sunnyside. "It looks like a dump."
Van Bramer alerted the city Health Department, which said it will inspect the property.
Van Bramer also asked the Landmarks Preservation Commission to review the home. A landmarks designation would bar major alterations or demolition.
"We'd want it to be preserved and repaired," Van Bramer said.
So much trash is stacked in the yard that a path to the front door was impassable on a recent afternoon. No one answered the side door.
Nearby residents said the decay of the once-elegant house is symbolic of Woodside's decline.
Hard to believe western Queens was once full of wealthy Manhattanites' country homes, farmhouses and Victorian mansions considering what has happened to it as of late.