Cliffside Avenue

Forgot about this one. And since there are no other NYC trips planned for this year, this will be my final post of NYC photos for 2010.

You’ll remember from the email I sent around last year that the old homestead had been in bad shape for some time. Here’s the Google map street view…

Over the June 5 weekend, Mom and I drove down Cliffside Avenue as we always do when we’re visiting, to check on the status of the house and the block and the old ‘hood. This visit was shocking. A developer seems to have taken over Cliffside and has redone most of the houses, including our old number 20. The house was almost unrecognizable. The wooden fence is gone, it’s been landscaped, has new siding, windows and doors, and the attic window has been removed. All the houses in that row have a similar makeover, and all have newly-paved driveways and new fences…

For houses that were built in 1925, they’re now looking smart and new.

Here is Zillow’s information. They value it at $271,500, but online city records show that it was sold on October 6 of last year for $160,000. The city data also shows the Cliffside Avenue median property market value to be $330,900. Fascinating stuff for one of the crappier sections of NYC’s forgotten borough. Wonder if this means the gun-toting drug dealers have moved out of the area.

And yes, Flickr is still behind schedule, but I have another script deadline looming and that’s taking priority.

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