Friday, August 1, 2008

Groundhog Daily News


August 1st is Groundhog Day at the Daily News.

Some might remember Barbara Corcoran's asinine advice column on November 8th, 2007

http://www.nydailynews.com/services/realestate/2007/11/08/2007-11-08_ask_barbara.html

Q. My wife and I have lived in Queens for the past 10 years and we plan on staying in the area for about another five. We are noticing lately that all of our neighbors are paving their yards and then use the space to park their cars on.

My wife has spent many hours cultivating her plants and would like to keep the garden, but I think having a driveway will help us increase the price of the house when it comes time to sell. What do you think?

A. Hey, a flower garden might look pretty and keep your wife happy, but the space in front of your house is worth a hell of a lot more as a driveway.

You should know that the city council of Queens has just proposed a zoning change that would prohibit residents from paving their yards in some areas.

So get your wife on your side and get a cement truck over there fast.

Skirting the law to make quality of life worse for New Yorkers, and blatantly going against the environmental initiatives the City is working so hard to implement. Bad stuff.

NY Daily News got predictable heat from the column.

http://gothamist.com/2007/11/11/realtor_to_home.php (Lawns are for Losers)

http://www.forgotten-ny.com/SLICES/corcoran/corcoran.html (Barbara to Homeowners - Pave that Lawn)

http://queenscrap.blogspot.com/2007/11/daily-news-columnist-advocates-paving.html

http://queens.about.com/b/2007/11/11/top-3-reasons-barbara-corcoran-needs-to-visit-queens.htmhttp://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/planttherapy/planttherapy-barbara-corcoran-gives-garden-advice-036503

Almost all the posts above advocated writing into the AskBarbara@nydailynews address and tell them what you think, which many of you did.

Results? From today's 8/1/08 NY Daily News (online and print).

http://www.nydailynews.com/money/columnists/corcoran/index.html?page=1 (it's on page 2)

Q My wife and I have lived in Queens for the past 10 years and we plan on staying in the area for about another five. We are noticing lately that all of our neighbors are paving their yards and then use the space to park their cars on. My wife has spent many hours cultivating her plants and would like to keep the garden, but I think having a driveway will help us increase the price of the house when it comes time to sell. What do you think?

A Hey, a flower garden might look pretty and keep your wife happy, but the space in front of your house is worth a hell of a lot more as a driveway.

You should know that the city council of Queens has just proposed a zoning change that would prohibit residents from paving their yards in some areas. So get your wife on your side and get a cement truck over there fast.


I don't mind the lazy repeat so much, even though it's not indicated as such anywhere on the website or print edition. I am a bit concerned over their lack of awareness of reader's feelings about the issue. Do they not check the AskBarbara email account?

And by the way, unlike November 2007, it's illegal now. How do I know? I read it in The Daily News:
http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2008/04/28/2008-04-28_new_zoning_rule_to_ban_paving_front_lawn.html