I need something cleared up.
In 2015, what, specifically, is Astoria and what, specifically, is Long Island City?
I understand that Long Island City was a separate entity on its own prior to Queens’ capture by, er, consolidation with New York City in 1898, and that it encompassed Astoria, Ravenswood, Hunters’ Point, Blissville, etc. until that time, but these days, when referring to Long Island City, what specific area is it?
All that is beside the point of today’s post, in which I’m showing a pair of superannuated buildings on 44th Street south of Broadway that are as much as 150 years old. The first one is this one-story bungalow…
… and the other one is this 2-story townhouse with a large yard abutting the bungalow. It’s well maintained and has its original roof treatments and has kept its window shutters and window lintels and likely the entrance shelter is original, too.
Since Astoria/LIC isn’t in a district protected by the Landmarks Preservation Commission, both these buildings, as well as the other oddities you find on the side streets around here, are vulnerable to demolition and development.