"The first sign, a few weeks ago, was when a decades-old tree in front of the magnificent old two-family house on 43rd Avenue and 161st Street in East Flushing was cut down. The developers of New Flushing despise old trees, and have little use for grass and lawns in front of houses, considering them undeveloped space.
The old house has been empty for weeks, and I feared the worst when its last owners had two flea market sales during the summer.
The inevitable happened in December. The blue paint has been stripped, the wonderful old stained glass oval window has been covered in plywood, the bulldozers are at work on the front lawn, and soon, this relic of an era in Flushing when attractiveness and style was a factor in building design will be no more.
I'm told that the vultures developing New Flushing are offering some local homeowners no less than $1 million for their properties, and it's hard to resist that kind of largesse." - submitted by J.W.