BUSINESS: Rather than continually ignore their photos of people making tough guy poses and like pointing at things, we’ve decided to document Brooklyn Paper’s recent investigation into the circumstances surrounding Hinsch’s shuttering.
It wasn’t long after neighbors learned that a vacant raccoon-infested house on 79th Street would be demolished that Councilman Vincent Gentile, and State Senator Marty Golden both began to take credit for it. And not in the “caring means sharing” kind of way either.
In an article posted yesterday on Brooklyn Paper’s website, Will Bredderman writes that just “moments after the city’s Housing, Preservation, and Development announced its plans to condemn the derelict house between Third Avenue and Ridge Boulevard, Golden (R–Bay Ridge) put out a press release claiming responsibility for the decision.”
The statement put out by Golden’s office, which made the claim that they have worked “over the years to see that this property is regularly inspected and conditions are checked by the Health and Buildings Departments,” lead Councilman Gentile – who says he has recently spent time tracking down the property’s owner, to fire off a statement of his own.
Some call him “controversial.” Others, notorious.
No matter how contentious a label you’d like to pin on neglectful Bay Ridge landlord Mousa Khalil, you can be sure to find others who agree with you, as reported by Will Bredderman in a great piece for the Brooklyn Paper.
As the owner of the Ovington Avenue property that collapsed on Sunday night, Khalil – and his real estate holdings – have once again been thrust into the local media spotlight.
Of course, Khalil has incurred the scorn of his neighbors for years. And they claim that he’s been buying up properties only to let them fall apart for at least as long.
“He came in here saying he was going to build this and build that,” Edward O’Connell, who lives in a house adjoining one of Khalil’s fallow investments, told Brooklyn Paper. “He put this ugliness up and never finished it, and we’ve had this infestation of squirrels, which are just rats with furry tails.”
For his part, Khalil blames the state of disrepair on the credit crunch and a lack of cash.
The Brooklyn Paper’s Will Bredderman reports that the current trend of ithefts – perpetrated by muggers who seem to be almost exclusively on the lookout for Apple products – continues, although the incidents are certainly not limited to Southwestern Brooklyn. Here are a few examples from the weekly newspaper’s Police Blotter: Brutal beating A pair [...]