The idea of designing a row house as if it was in the background of a cartoon video game may have originated in Bushwick but now it has finally come to Queens, where it probably always really belonged. New York Shitty has christened 45-12 11th Street "The Lego House" while Queens Crap has awarded it the prestigious "Frank Lloyd Crap" designation, but we think it most closely resembles a pair of blue camouflage cargo shorts. (Unfortunately, "Blue Camo Cargo Shorts Building" doesn't have much of a ring to it.) The architect and owner, Thomas Paino, is calling it the "Climate Change Row House," which also doesn't have much of a ring to it, but does more accurately describe the building's function—it was built with Passive House standards in mind, including such features as a solar hot water system, rooftop greenhouse, LED lighting throughout, and more. While that's admirable, the facade is most definitely not.
As far as whether or not it's the ugliest house in Queens, though ... probably not as long as this little guy is still standing.
· Long Island City Photos Du Jour: The Non-Conformist [New York Shitty]
· Frank Lloyd Crap outdoes himself in LIC [Queens Crap]
· Climate Change Row House [official]