I was riding on the LIRR earlier this week and saw an intriguing Queen Anne house out my window that clearly had seen better days. It basically looked like a boarded up haunted house on a large lot.
This shot comes from Google Maps Street View
And this comes from Windows Live Local Bird's Eye View.
This 2006 NY Times article details the history of the house. Apparently not much has changed since then...
There are other dying Victorians in Laurelton, a frayed patch in the southeastern hem of Queens. Yet none have the faded majesty of the two-and-three-quarter-story house that is 141-36.
Long before the borough's arcane street, road, drive and avenue numbering began, 222nd Street was known as College Avenue, 141st Road was Lincoln Avenue, and 141-36 sat amid a scattering of large three-story homes for well-off families.
Small clues survive: Census data from 1930, which is the most recent detailed information publicly available, shows it was then the home of a family named Gross. The father, Albin, who was unemployed (it was during the Great Depression), had paid $11,000 for 141-36, and lived there with his wife, Katherine, their teenage daughter, also Katherine, and his brother, Walter, a mail carrier.
A Municipal Archives tax photograph from around 1940 shows a hardly recognizable 141-36: wholesome, well maintained, a perfect example of suburban tranquility.
The current condition of this house is quite sad.