From the NY Post:
This man’s home is his castle — and a pain in the neck to everyone else.
The half-built remains of what looks like a medieval castle sit abandoned alongside the Grand Central Parkway in Queens, a testament to grand ambitions gone horribly wrong.
Joseph Jimenez and his wife Josette Said set out to build a dream home on a vacant plot of land in leafy Jamaica Estates, a neighborhood full of gracious tudors and colonials.
“We thought it was a good idea because the land was being used by vagrants,” said Martha Taylor, a member of the local community board and president of the Jamaica Estates Association.
Said, who bought the property in 2001, first applied for a permit with the city Department of Buildings in 2003, and began work in 2005.
The outline of a manor that would have made King Arthur feel at home, complete with turret-like accents, sprouted on the site, but then construction stalled.
Locals began catapulting complaints about the eyesore to the DOB and to local officials, who could do little other than scratch their heads.
“Unfortunately, the city does not have a mechanism to force people to finish building,” said Marie Adam-Ovide, the district manager of Community Board 8.