Monday, October 3, 2011
Haggerty house needs help
From the NY Times:
In the gilded, leafy confines of Forest Hills Gardens in Queens, the house on Greenway North and Puritan Avenue stands out for its shabbiness.
While nearly every other one of the Tudor homes in this stately enclave is meticulously maintained, and their English garden-style grounds extremely well tended, the large corner house looks as if it has been abandoned.
“Everyone says he keeps the house that way so it looks like no one’s home,” a neighbor said as she gazed out her screen door at the house on Friday.
She was referring to the house’s owner, John F. Haggerty Jr., the Republican political consultant currently on trial in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges that he stole $1.1 million from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and used much of it to pay off the house.
The lawn has apparently not been mowed for months, chest-high weeds have sprung up, and the path to the front door is littered with fallen horse chestnuts from the mammoth tree in front. Bricks have come loose from the porch, and a pair of neglected, dirt-laden cars snooze in the driveway.
I have no comment on this article except to say that if the point you are trying to make is that the house is a fixer-upper, then the photo chosen does not show that.