Saturday, March 31, 2018

Red brick rowhouse horror in Elmhurst


At one time, Judge Street had a cute row of red brick homes along it. But what real estate mavens and politicians call "progress" happened to it. The hedges have been torn out and replaced with cars. One home, at 43-22, experienced a fire in 2014 that it still hasn't recovered from. In recent months, the owner has taken advantage of the lax zoning and has applied for a "vertical enlargement" which means further crappification of a once lovely streetscape. This month, a stop work order was put into effect.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Big contrast to Brooklyn where, even in the former 'ghetto', there is more class and refinement than the grubby 3rd world that characterizes so much of Queens.

Crappy shows example after example of this with no response. Well the 4 Boro guys, Queens Civic, and the Queens preservation whatever meet - all in secret - so that must be progress. Not.

And don't worry about most of the community doing much of anything, peons are noted for taking tons of abuse as they stare at their feet, hat in hand, head bowed, and thinking of every excuse that justifies their lazy passiveness. This is not the movies, people. The Magnificent Seven are not about to waste time showing up and fighting battles you can fight yourself with a bit of backbone.

Anonymous said...

Has anyone noticed that approved and posted Zoning Diagrams do not show the information that they are required to show?

http://www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/pdf/zd1_guide.pdf

Joe Moretti said...

JESUS FUCKING CHRIST, is there any kind of damn enforcement in this fucked up city at all, especially in Queens. No wonder so much shady shit goes and why so many shady people come here (including terrorist), it is one big fucking free for all. I mean when was the last time you ever heard of actual enforcement of laws where those did not repeat the same bullshit over and over again.

Anonymous said...

Elm hurst. Yecch. Not exactly prime mane.

Anonymous said...

At least they have the foresight to put in a garage. Looks like a single car though.

How long before the rest of the block looks like this?

Anonymous said...

I hear they paid off the neighbors with booze and trinkets not to complain!

Anonymous said...

It was a wonderful area to grow up in the '50s & '60s. Those homes eith their front gardens were unique to the neighborhood, In a better world they would have been land marked.

Anonymous said...

It's shameful. These row houses are historic. They were developed by Cord Meyer in 1904 and should be landmarked! The developers are destroying history and Queens! Greedy and selfish individuals and LLC's who don't give a damn. Just lining their pockets.

Anonymous said...

Can’t see how those driveways are legal...

Kevin Walsh said...

B-b-but Barbara Corcoran says front lawn parking increases value!

Anonymous said...

So the side walk now becomes one continuous driveway apron (legal or otherwise)? No one can park on the street at the risk of blocking some idiots illegal car pad, and getting your car fire bombed?

Anonymous said...

>So the side walk now becomes one continuous driveway apron (legal or otherwise)? No one can park on the street at the risk of blocking some idiots illegal car pad, and getting your car fire bombed?

Exactly what I was thinking. None of those curbcuts look long enough for a car to be able to park there.

Tommy Efreeti said...

Stop orders unfortunately are often only temporary hindrances. There are these ads I started seeing everywhere (first in Simcha territory) that let you rent out your driveway for extra money. This will keep happening as long as home-owners need to scramble for additional income to cover increasing taxes.

As much as I really, really hate the idea....so many neighborhoods' architectures would benefit from HOA-enforced guidelines.

Anonymous said...

If I wanted a HOA ruling over me, I'd move to suburbia.
HOAs are the strongest argument against devolution of powers.