In a rare move the Landmarks Preservation Commission has filed a lawsuit against the owner of a three-story, red-brick Victorian-style front wooden porches house in Central Harlem’s Astor Row, asking a judge to fine her $5,000 a day until she makes repairs to the dilapidated 133-year-old house.
The interior floors and walls of the Harlem house have collapsed, as well as part of the roof, and one neighbor says that a gutter is missing causing rain to leak into his building. The owner, a city school nurse who lives in Queens, claims that she bought the house in 1987 for $29,999.99, and that she will make repairs as soon as she sells her South Ozone Park home.
Though this is only the thirteenth lawsuit of this nature that the Commission has filed in the last 12 years, according to DNAinfo.
We hope this action by the Landmarks Preservation Commission will become a trend in a goal of preserving Harlem’s history for next 133 years to come (vi Google.com).