Apex Place is unique for defying the boring rectangular grid. The road is a remnant of the ancient North Hempstead Plank Road that connected Maspeth and Newtown with Flushing. As is often the case, old streets have old homes. On the corner of 63rd Road and Apex Place a charming colonial revival home owned for many decades by Lewis and Luba Meiselman. Lewis died in 1997 and his son Barry paid the taxes for another decade. In 2014, he sold the property to Artur and Alexandra Yakutelov through Dom Realty. This realtor has a long record of selling old homes to buyers who knock them down in favor of tract mansions. Don't get me wrong. Some of the new mansions look fabulous and worthy of the AIA Guide but most look like shit.
The new owners don't have the taste to maintain a colonial revival and applied in April 2015 to expand and renovate the home under architect Chang Hwa Tan. As for Barry, he lives in tony Scarsdale so why should he care what happens to his parents' historic house? This story isn't so different from the fate of historic 90-11 56th Avenue in Elmhurst, where the heirs of longtime resident Vera D. McCarthy sold it to a Chinese developer.
Little old home that has seen so much change
To become another shitty brick box
With a tall brick fence and shiny chrome gates
Your old owner died and his children don't care
For the beauty of a house
On a former colonial lane
-Former Forest Hills resident