John Foxell had a knack for finding where the action was and
putting himself in the middle of it. His colorful stories could seem unbelievable, but he always managed to back them up. John was an ardent preservationist, and long-time PLSI board member. John's pride and joy was his home, the Abraham L. Merrill House, an 1848 saltbox, landmarked by the New York City Landmarks Commission in 2011. A modest white when John purchased it, he painted the home flamboyant orange with b
Preservation League of Staten Island Board Secretary, Mary L. Bullock, accepts the Melniker Award, flanked by Linda M. Baran, Chamber President and CEO, and AnnaMarie Gulino Gentile, Esq., Chairman of the Board.
The two-family home she built at 406 Woodstock Ave., Silver Lake won: Excellence in Exterior and the “Hard Hat” Award for building a house that blends into the neighborhood while overcoming major construction dilemmas. Taking a cue from City Planning's smart contextual zoning mantra -- the house had to blend with its 1910 A-frame neighbors in the Silver Lake Special Hillsides District -- and not stand out as the new kid on the block. The 35-by-100-foot lot was a tight squee