Sunday, May 31, 2015

Never on Sunday

 All's quiet on the Steinway Mansion front as a pleasant Sunday afternoon awaits Monday's madness. Who will ride to the rescue?  What will transpire?  Stay tuned.

(Click on each photo for an enlarged view.)

The most beautiful building in the Borough of Queens stoically awaits its fate.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Then and now. This is Queens.

In February 2008, members of the historically-minded community protested the destruction of the St. Saviour's site in Maspeth.  What did it get them?   The church was dismantled board by board and these boards now sit incognito 7 years later in a cemetery.  The church site was developed for warehouses.  These photos below show the very vocal and active community protest of 7 years ago and the present view of the same site from last Sunday, May 24, 2015.   Currently, the historical Steinway Mansion site is also being developed for warehouses.  However, this time no vocal or active in situ  community protests and, I venture to guess,  not even on the community's radar.  No one- save a very few historically-minded individuals -  lifts a finger to preserve it.  If you show up to protest or if you just stay home,  all is seemingly futile for Queens' historical patrimony.

The Shame of Queens.

The evisceration and destruction of the Steinway Mansion Historical Site:  May 28, 2015, Astoria.

 (Click on each photo for an enlarged detailed view.   Photos 6 and 15:  the foundations of a Caliendo-designed warehouse?)

Thursday, May 21, 2015