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.
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.
In the saga of the 5th Avenue food cart wars, perspective can be everything. A recent Daily News piece, which reported on the recent immersion of public officials into the matter, took a decidedly different approach than the News Corp-owned CNG publications Brooklyn Daily and Brooklyn Paper – an angle best illustrated by… illustrations.