From the Daily News:
Landmarking advocates said the neo-Tudor home on 74th St. and 34th Ave. in Jackson Heights is a rare large house in a neighborhood that is better known for garden apartments, but even advocates were resigned to losing it.
"It's a foregone conclusion," said Daniel Karatzas of the Jackson Heights Beautification Group. "We would have liked it to be preserved. I'm just being, at this eleventh hour, a little more realistic."
It's a clash between two local concerns - education and historic preservation - that the project's opponents said they regularly lose.
Parents support the decision to demolish the home and combat overcrowding in schools, while preservationists wonder if the lavish home can be saved and reused as school space.
...a Korean church that owned the house sold to a developer who then flipped it to the city...
A spokeswoman for the Landmarks Preservation Commission said the agency determined the home may be worth inclusion in a historic district, but it doesn't warrant individual landmark status.
Okay, so why wasn't it included in the historic district?