Another report from Bayside, this time at the dead-end of 215th Street south of 29th Avenue. The victim, above, was a beautiful Arts & Crafts-style house constructed in the late 1910s on about a half acre. The gardens were designed by a famous landscape architect from the Netherlands in the 1930s, when the former resident bought the property. When he passed away, at 105 years old in 2004, the house and gardens were sold to a developer.
Not only have they squeezed four (4) houses on the site - which is one more than is allowed by law, but the Department of Buildings did nothing even after repeated attempts by elected officials and neighbors to stop it - they are just more of the same: big, brick-y, awkward and inappropriate - a sea of red-brick forever.
Just for orientation purposes, the lower picture shows an orientation to the northeast of the former parcel (formerly occupied by the rare specimen tree above), while the house was located at the southeast portion.