Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Homely next to Homestead


I don't know what to make of this one.

It has to be more than 6 years ago that a small one story stucco building on Cuthbert Road off Lefferts Boulevard in Kew Gardens was demolished.

A foundation was laid for whatever was to be built there, but then all activity stopped until about a year and a half ago when work began on the 8 story building you see in the third picture. The pattern seems to be brief periods of work followed by long periods of inactivity.

Worse than the apparently never ending construction project is the change to the Kew Gardens skyline. The attractive half-timber Homestead Building was the first commercial building to go up in Kew Gardens. Now, it is impossible to look at it without seeing what's in back of it.



Anonymous said...

Absolutely disgusting. One thing that all these have in common is that ugly penthouse/elevator room on top, there is nothing more distracting than looking at an ugly "hump" on almost all new buildings.

verdi said...

Gag.....puke.....quick, get the bucket before I soil the floor !!!!!

Anonymous said...

Obviously the preservation community, as it exists, needs to be revamped. Just a little, eh?

I do not understand why body blow after body blow does not kindle the wrath of the public in this borough.

What does it take?

georgetheatheist said...

It takes getting our asses over to the St. Saviour's rally this Sunday!!!...Bring homemade signs - the press eats them up!!

verdi said...

Thanks George....

Carrying signs of the times is key to reflecting the tone and opinions of a community...... and if they're good enough......they get photographed and your cause gets a free advertisement !

Anonymous said...

Shiver me half timbers !

A nice canon broadside from me stout ship ought to quickly level that ugly interloper !

Fire on the up-roll, me hearties !

Anonymous said...

I'm living on Cuthbert and can gaze out my windows everyday at this ugly building. It makes me really sad just looing at it.