GREENPOINT | WILLIAMSBURG
VOLUME 47 | NUMBER 13
APRIL 4, 2019
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Waterfront Activists Can Learn From Past Rezoning Failures The esplanade at Greenpoint Landing is considered ‘sterile’ by locals who anticipated more waterfront access. See page 3.
Nydia Velázquez calls for additional $300 million for Superfund sites By Scott Enman Greenpoint Gazette
A Brooklyn congressmember whose district includes three federal Superfund sites is calling for an increase of more than $300 million to fund the cleanup of the nation’s most toxic locations. Citing inflation and a need to continue the momentum of ongoing remediation, U.S. Rep. Nydia Velázquez, whose jurisdiction includes the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek in Brooklyn and Wolff-Alport Chemical Company in Queens, wrote a letter to the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies subcommittee, asking that the organization increase Superfund appropriations to $1.46 billion for fiscal year 2020.
“With three Superfund sites in or touching New York’s 7th Congressional District, including the Gowanus Canal and Newtown Creek, I’m acutely aware of how important it is to provide the Environmental Protection Agency adequate resources to properly administer this program,” Velázquez told the Greenpoint Gazette. “Given the public health effects that environmental sore spots can have on families and children, this is a question of social and environmental justice. I’m pleased 100 of my colleagues have joined me to call for boosting the program’s funding.” The funds would go toward the Hazardous Substance Superfund Account included in the subcommittee’s appropriations bill. Continued on page 3
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Two law clerks named Employees of the Year at Brooklyn Supreme Court The Kings County Supreme Court named two court clerks Employees of the Year, including Maria Aragona, left, president of the Confederation of Columbian Lawyers, during a ceremony in the lobby of the Civil Term courthouse in Downtown Brooklyn on Tuesday, March 26. See story on page 2. Brooklyn Eagle photo by Rob Abruzzese
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The Kings County Supreme Court named two court clerks Employees of the Year during a ceremony in the lobby of the Civil Term courthouse in Downtown Brooklyn on Tuesday, March 26. Maria Aragona, president of the Confederation of Columbian Lawyers and law clerk to Hon. Kenneth Sherman, and Andrew Wenzel, law clerk to Hon. William Harrington, were each given a plaque during a ceremony and their portraits will be hung in the courthouse. “I just want to thank the committee for the work they put into this,” said Justice Bernard Graham, chair of the Employee of the Year committee. “This is something that is a good part of our quality of life here. We had an exceptional cast of applicants and nominees. We wound up with two of the best employees the court system has in the five boroughs. And I say that without any hyperbole.” Aragona is a summa cum laude graduate of St. John's University and began working at the court as an assistant law clerk with Justice Sherman in 2012. By 2015, she was named principal law clerk. She is president of the Confederation of Columbian Lawyers for the State of New York, a trustee of the Brooklyn Bar Association, and vice president of both the Catholic Lawyers Guild and the Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn. “Known for her work in various trial parts, Maria has a well-known reputation throughout the legal community for her ability, work ethic and professionalism,” said Hon. Lawrence Knipel, administrative judge of the Brooklyn Supreme Court, Civil Term. “She also plays a prominent role in numerous local community organizations and bar associations.”
From left: Maria Aragona, honoree, Hon. Kenneth Sherman, Hon. Lawrence Knipel, Andrew Wenzel, honoree, Hon. William Harrington, Hon. Bernard Graham and Charles Small.
From left: Hon. Lizette Colon, Hon. Gina Levy Abadi, Maria Aragona, Hon. Anthony Cannataro and Hon. Suzanne Adams. Brooklyn Eagle photos by Rob Abruzzese
Justice Sherman joked that he always appreciated having such a good employee but knew that he would eventually have to give a public speech when she was named Employee of the Year. “Maria refuses to accept the notion that she can't help everyone,” Justice Sherman said. “There is hardly a person in this courthouse who hasn't been helped by Maria in one way or another. We have a high calling here to deliver justice to our fellow citizens. Maria has never lost sight of that charge.”
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Velázquez calls for additional $300M for Superfund sites continued from page 1
Velázquez sent a letter last Thursday to U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum of Minnesota, the chairperson of the subcommittee, requesting the increase in funds.
Gowanus waterfront activists can learn from past rezoning failures By Paul Stremple Special to the Greenpoint Gazette
A presentation to the Community Board 6 Waterfront Committee last week showed a bold vision of a future Gowanus Canal: public spaces and on-water access, community gardens and rock climbing — and, of course, boat launches. The March 20 presentation came courtesy of the Gowanus Dredgers, a canoe club that advocates for recreation and restoration of the Gowanus Canal. Now that the notoriously polluted waterway is in the center of a neighborhood rezoning, activists like the Dredgers are attempting to get ahead of the curve, laying out an expansive vision of what waterfront design could be in Brooklyn. Owen Foote, a member of the Dredgers, said they wanted to avoid the city laying down the same underutilized waterfront esplanades from every previous project along the Gowanus and are instead advocating for “integrated waterfront service facilities,” ranging from boathouses and floating walkways to dining and public space. As the city prepares plans for the rezoning in Gowanus, residents are speaking out against the high-rise development and the increased density that comes with it. But one of the defining elements in the neighborhood — the canal — provides an opportunity to capitalize on lessons learned in Brooklyn’s previous waterfront rezonings.
Promises made, promises broken When the Department of City Planning presented a rezoning proposal to the Community Board 6 Land-Use Committee in February, the Waterfront Access Planlooked like a standard New York City waterfront design: visual corridors between developments, public esplanades with curving pathways, benches — and very little interaction with the water. Asked if the city would consider ways to increase access along the waterfront, a DCP spokesperson said the agency was “looking to craft a modified version of them in the Gowanus Waterfront Action Plan, to address the Gowanus Canal’s unique geography, to promote resiliency and sustainability and to meet the community’s vision for the area.” The city made a similar effort back in 2009 toward innovation in the Williamsburg/Greenpoint waterfront rezoning, adding a text amendment to city waterfront design that was later adopted citywide. The amendment expanded design standards from a strict, all-guardrail approach on the city’s waterfront to allow for newer approaches to waterfront access, like riprap shorelines, which are constructed from boulders, or get-downs, which provide types of stepped access to the water. But a decade later, as high-rise condos of 30 and 40 stories spring up along the North Brooklyn shoreline, residents are worried they aren’t getting what they were promised in the rezoning. North Brooklyn residents gathered in Greenpoint last December to discuss waterfront design and development with representatives of the DCP. The meeting was initiated by the increasingly vocal dissatisfaction of Williamsburg and Greenpoint residents with the reality of design along the waterfront. When the publicly accessible space at Greenpoint Landing opened last year, residents found the design sterile in comparison to original discussions. The bulkhead walls and railings above the water prevent the kind of direct interaction that many hoped for. No get-downs to the water have been planned along the waterfront, and the Community Board 1 Parks committee rejected a city design for the nearby Box Street Park mainly based on its lack of waterfront access, sending designers back to the drawing board to come up with a new plan.
While McCollum did not explicitly say she would accept Velázquez’s exact recommendation, she did commit to aiding the EPA in the face of President Donald Trump’s budget cuts to the environmental organization. Willis Elkins, a member of Community Board 1 and the Newtown Creek Alliance in North Brooklyn, called access to the water along the Greenpoint/Williamsburg waterfront “lacking.” There are “nice parks that don’t have a great connection or interaction with the waterway,” said Elkins. He pointed to Grand Ferry Park as a positive example, where low-lying riprap allows visitors to interact with the water or sit on the rocks, but contrasted the small, older park (built in 1998, with an update in 2008) with newer, flashier development. The much-touted Domino Park, he said, has plenty of amenities, but offers very little interaction with the water. Same for Greenpoint Landing, which has a riprap shoreline, but prevents access or connection with a railing at the top, along the paved esplanade.
No enforcement authority One of the key points at the DCP meeting in Greenpoint was that DCP has no real enforcement authority beyond setting design minimums. Agency representatives were quick to point out that DCP expanded the language to make room for more ambitious “design forward” projects from developers, but so long as the minimums were met — paths so many feet wide, benches every so often, a certain number of trees or square feet of ground cover — they had no real enforcement authority to hold developers to a higher standard. The real estate interests putting up glossy towers full of multimillion-dollar condos were more than welcome to invest in innovative public space along their waterfronts, but only if they wanted to. “We have long sought to build out an extraordinary waterfront for the residents of Greenpoint,” said a spokesperson for Greenpoint Landing in an email. “Throughout the design process, we have listened to the community and continue to do so in designing the next phases of waterfront.” A large section of the Greenpoint Landing project remains to be built, and the spokesperson said that developers will continue to hold meetings with the community and incorporate their comments into planning. They hope to incorporate more green space and natural plantings along the waterfront, with water access “where possible.” The efficacy of community feedback can be hard to measure, however, as any Brooklyn resident who has sat in on a “visioning session” can probably attest. Grassroots efforts to put pressure on developers decades after city planning decisions have been made — and some developments have already been built — is seen by many as too little, too late.
Rezoning process offers an opportunity If DCP doesn’t include binding language in their plans for rezoning, accountability for developers could be found in the ULURP process that guides rezoning. But as the community board, City Council and borough president make recommendations to approve developments, their discussions are often more focused on height requirements, air rights and inclusionary housing than they are in design. “It’s my regret I didn’t get on this message five years ago,” Councilmember Stephen Levin said at the Greenpoint meeting in December, acknowledging his constituents’ disappointment in the work. Levin said it wouldn’t be possible to make options into requirements for already approved buildings in North Brooklyn, but urged the community to “speak with one voice” about their expectations. Levin’s district also includes a portion of the Gowanus Canal, which now faces a waterfront rezoning. Though much of the new development along the North Brooklyn waterfront has been approved, and community organization hasn’t materialized on a larger scale, there is an opportunity for Gowanus residents to get ahead of the curve, using the lessons learned on the North Brooklyn waterfront to hold developers to a higher standard. Visit brooklyneagle.com for the full story.
“President Trump’s EPA budget declared Superfund, which funds cleanup of toxic and contaminated sites, to be the agency’s top priority, yet cut the program by $130 million,” McCollum told the Gazette. “I reject President Trump’s cynical attempt to undercut the EPA’s work by 31 percent, and I will strongly support EPA programs that protect human health and the environment — including Superfund — as we work to assemble next year’s funding bill.” The $300 millionplus boost in federal dollars for EPA would help revitalize more than Newtown Creek, which straddles the border of Brooklyn and Queens, 1,300 contaminated sites would stand to beneﬁt from Nydia Velázquez’s call for additional funds across the nation, includ- to Superfund sites. Brooklyn Eagle ﬁle photo by Cody Brooks ing Brooklyn’s 1.8-mile Velázquez has previously supported efforts to canal and its 3.5-mile creek, both of which were expand the Superfund program. She proposed a declared Superfund sites in 2010. new “Superfund Tax” on all chemical and large EPA reiterated its commitment to cleaning up oil companies in May to help clean up orphan the nation’s most polluted sites, regardless of sites, where the parties responsible for the polluwhere the funds come from, but noted that private tion cannot be identified or are unable to pay for parties — not the federal government — pay for the remediation. more than 70 percent of Superfund cleanups. The bill would have also awarded a tax deduc(For example, in the case of the Gowanus tion of up to $10,000 for small businesses that Canal, National Grid and New York City are were forced to relocate due to the cleanup process. on the hook for paying for the majority of the The act was referred to the Committee on Ways cleanup.) and Means and the Committee on Small Business, “EPA will continue to prioritize activities but it never moved forward. Velázquez, however, and resources at National Priorities List sites plans to reintroduce the bill to the current Congress. that present the highest risk to human health A similar tax on chemical and oil companies and the environment in accordance with funds was passed in 1980, but Congress allowed it to exprovided by Congress, and supplement that pire in 1995, though it raised roughly $1.25 billion work with funds from private parties,” Ken annually, according to the federal Government Accountability Office. Labbe of the EPA told the Gazette.
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A NIGHT WITH ERIC N. MACK AND FRIENDS Experience Eric N. Mack’s site-specific installation Lemme walk across the room through a series of unique activations organized by the artist. First, Mack and curator Ashley James lead a special tour of the installation. Then, enjoy three artistic responses to Mack’s work. Poet and essayist April Freely offers a poetry set; Devin KKenny and Justin Allen
An art auction that will benefit Chionesu Bakari. When: Sunday, April 7th, 5 – 9 pm. Where: Weeksville/Weeksville Heritage Center (168 Buffalo Avenue)
DEFYING DUALITIES: AN EVENING OF FEMALE ART AND CONVERSATION Take Up Space 2018: Defying Dualities is an art event featuring 31 black and white illustrations of interviews with women exploring
female contradictions. At this event, the original artwork will be on display and for sale. Audiences will gain first access to limited handmade goods for purchase. When: Sunday, Apri 7th, 5 – 10 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/ New Woman Space (188 Woodpoint Road)
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An exhibition of recent photographs and porcelain sculptures by Fellowship Artist Gabriela Vainsencher. This is Vainsencher’s first institutional solo show in New York City. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through April 14th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/A.I.R Gallery (155 Plymouth Street)
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The show, on the Mezzanine level above the cafe features 12 artists working in various mediums. When: Daily through April 16th, Mon – Fri 4 – 9 p.m., SatSun: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/ Nitehawk Cinemas (136 Metropolitan Avenue)
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SANFORD WURMFELD A solo exhibition of new work by NYC-based color painter Sanford Wurmfeld. When: Wednesdays-Saturdays through April 20th, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Minus Space (16 Main Street, Suite A)
UNCANNY TALES CURATED BY HILARY DOYLE & REID HITT HR CURATING ALICIA ADAMEROVICH, DOMINIQUE FUNG, REBECCA NESS, PHYLLIS YAO, AND MARK ZUBROVICH This exhibition presents new figurative painting that hybridizes the uncanny with caricature, exaggeration, and invented mythologies. The artists included in this show have discovered new worlds that reveal anxiety, mystery, and eeriness that reflect our current state of political unrest. When: By appointment Where: DUMBO/Agency (20
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A passionate group of accomplished mid-career artists are mounting an exhibit in Brooklyn Heights to benefit New Sanctuary Coalition. The New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC is an interfaith network of congregations, organizations, and individuals, standing publicly in solidarity with families and communities resisting detention and deportation in order to preserve family unity. The grass roots organization has grown from a half-dozen congregations to a City-wide Movement in only a few years. Fifty percent of sales will go to the New Sanctuary Coalition. When: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays through April 28th Where: Brooklyn Heights/
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NYC TRASH!: PAST, PRESENT, & FUTURE SCULPTURE GARDEN The City Reliquary’s sculpture exhibition — in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit, NYC Trash!: Past, Present, & Future — presents the work of ten local trash artists whose works will be on display in the Reliquary’s backyard garden. When: Thursday-Sunday through April 29th, 12 – 6 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/The City Requilary Museum (370 Metropolitan Avenue)
GOYA IN TIJUANA A collection paintings by modern contemporary surrealist painter Tony Geiger. Geiger’s work encompasses both classical surrealism with modern contemporary concerns. When: Satudays through May 4th, 12 – 6 p.m. or by appt Where: Carroll Gardens/Court Tree Collective (371 Court Street)
A CERTAIN SET OF DYNAMICS Curated by Sarah Rebekah Byrd Mizer Featuring the work of Embodied Empathy, Christopher Mahonski, Valerie Shusterov, and Kristen Neville Taylor. Jurors: Will Hutnick and Gaby Collins-Fernandez Selected
through UrbanGlass’ open curatorial call, a certain set of dynamics looks at artists using glass as a literal and metaphorical lens through which to explore human interconnection. When: Daily through May 10th, 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Where: Fort Greene//Agnes Varis Art Center (647 Fulton Street)
THE OUTSKIRTS, EXPOSED AND PUNCHED
A solo exhibition of new work by Odette England. This will be the artist’s second solo show at the gallery, and brings together a selection of artworks from three recently completed and ongoing projects. Home is the center-weight of England’s artistic practice, with memory and forgetting being the counterbalances. Her photographs are fragile, contemplative and temporal spaces. When: Wednesdays-Saturdays through May 11th, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: DUMBO/Klompching Gallery (89 Water Street)
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The show questions the relationship between historical memory and historical monuments and what the underlying implications are for those histories that remain absent. Seventeen artists were asked to envision monuments that add depth and truth to New York’s compelling history. Exhibiting artists include Alexis Callender, Ayasha Guerin, Chip Thomas, Damien Davis, Emmaline Payette, Kamau Ware, Kimberly Becoat, Lyra Monteiro, Maureen Conner, Maureen McNeil, Marilyn Nance, Rose Desiano, Sal Munoz, Studio Darn, Zaq Landsberg and Jennifer Mack Watkins. When: Fridays through June 14th, 3 – 6 p.m. Where: Park Slope/Old Stone House (336 3rd Street)
One: Egúngún tells the life story of a twentieth-century Yorùbá masquerade dance costume (egúngún), from its origins in Nigeria, to its current home in Brooklyn. Composed of over three hundred textiles from Africa, Europe, and Asia, this egúngún swirls into motion during festivals honoring departed ancestors. Centuries old, egúngún is still practiced in Nigeria, the Republic of Benin, and in the Yorùbá diaspora. When: Daily through August 2019, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Where: Crown Heights/ Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway)
BROOKLYN ABOLITIONISTS/IN PURSUIT OF FREEDOM
This major, long-term exhibit explores the unsung heroes of Brooklyn’s anti-slavery movement — ordinary residents, black and white — who shaped their neighborhoods, city and nation with a revolutionary vision of freedom and equality. The exhibit is part of the groundbreaking In Pursuit of Freedom public history project that features new research on Brooklyn›s abolition movement in partnership with Weeksville Heritage Center and Irondale Ensemble Project. When: Wednesdays-Sundays through Winter 2019, 12 – 5 p.m. Where: Brooklyn Heights/ Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street)
AN EVENING WITH AUTHOR KRIS FRIESWICK AND JASON FEIFER
Journalist, humorist and author Kris Frieswick will talk about her new book, “The Ghost Manuscript,” a suspenseful quest for King Arthur’s tomb, written in the spirit of great thrillers with fascinating female protagonists, that takes readers to Wales, Boston and eventually to Cape Cod. When: Thursday, April 4th, 7 p.m. Where: DUMBO/PowerHouse at the Archway (28 Adams Street)
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The Rally is continuing its second season with three leading literary warriors of the resistance. It will feature Kaitlyn Greenidge, author
of We Love You, Charlie Freeman (Algonquin), Meakin Armstrong, Senior Fiction Editor at Guernica, and Brendan Kiely, author of Tradition (Simon & Schuster). When: Friday, April 5th, 7 p.m. Where: Williamsburg/Pete’s Candy Store (709 Lorimer Street)
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LEFT: This is 7604 Fourth Ave., which housed Grace Nursery School. RIGHT: Victoria Hofmo of the Bay Ridge Conservancy is sounding the alarm about the looming demolition of 7604 Fourth Ave. INBrooklyn photos by Lore Croghan
Bay Ridge Conservancy sounds the alarm about Victorian house demolition threat Fourth Avenue property was the Masonic Club, then a nursery school By Lore Croghan INBrooklyn
The wrecking ball is headed for a beloved Bay Ridge Victorian house where a nursery school was located. A grassroots preservation group wants to save vacant 7604 Fourth Ave., which was the Masonic Club before it became Grace Nursery School in the mid-1990s. Bay Ridge Conservancy President Victoria Hofmo said the situation is dire for residents of the grand Victorian house’s block – for a reason beyond the threatened loss of a piece of Bay Ridge’s architectural and cultural history. Next to the turreted wood-frame home there’s an enormous, boarded-up piece of land where a developer demolished Waldeck Funeral Home more than a decade ago. If the Victorian house is torn down, there will be only one building left on the west side of Fourth Avenue between 76th and 77th streets. That’s the United Korean Church of New York, which is at 371 77th St. “How much more can this block take?” Hofmo asked in a recent interview. “I don’t want to see another mess — another empty lot just sitting there,” she said.
There is no legal time limit to how long developers can wait to start construction after demolishing buildings on a site. “The law allows property owners to impact our quality of life and erode the neighborhood,” Hofmo said.
SOLD FOR $3.5 MILLION IN 2017 Hofmo first realized something was up with the Victorian house when she saw workers digging in its front yard a couple weeks ago. She checked with Community Board 10 and was told the owner of 7604 Fourth Ave. plans to construct condos on the site. There are no construction plans to be found on the city Buildings Department website. The public record does show the Buildings Department approved a demolition application for 7604 Fourth Ave. in June 2018. The application describes the property as a three-story frame and masonry building with a cellar. It identifies the property owner as Grace Holdings BK LLC. An agent for this entity didn’t respond to a request for comment by deadline.
Tan Development LLC of Manhasset, Long Island is listed on the demolition application as the filing representative. That’s someone who is involved in a project but might or might not be an owner. A rep for Tan Development said she’s not allowed to speak for the developer and he wasn’t available. City Finance Department records show that Grace Holdings BK LLC bought the Victorian house for $3.5 million from Yumin & John Inc. in September 2017. The Brooklyn Masonic Guild had sold 7604 Fourth Ave. to Yumin & John Inc. in 1995.
OTHER OPTIONS BESIDES CONDO DEVELOPMENT Hofmo said she hopes to involve elected officials and other preservationist groups in a campaign to save the Victorian house. Instead of being torn down, 7604 Fourth Ave. could be used once again as a school, she said. Or it could be somebody’s home. Or it could be turned into a Bay Ridge cultural center. “We see this as a perfect opportunity for adaptive reuse,” she said. — Continued on page 11INB —
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Bay Ridge Conservancy sounds the alarm about Victorian house demolition threat — Continued from page 10INB — Hofmo’s family has lived in the Bay Ridge area for more than a century. “Maybe that’s why I take things so seriously,” she said.
THE NEIGHBORHOOD WAS ‘GALVANIZED’ The Bay Ridge Conservancy got its start in the1990s as a group that fought alongside other preservationist organizations to save the Bennet-Farrell-Feldmann House at 119 95th St. and an adjacent wood-frame farm building from demolition.
The threat “galvanized” the neighborhood, Hofmo recalled. “People came together,” she said. The city Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the house as an individual landmark in 1999. The developer who owned it sold it to a family that has restored it. The Bennet-Farrell-Feldmann House is a Greek Revivalstyle villa constructed in 1847, a Landmarks Preservation Commission report about it says. The farm building next door was not landmarked. The developer tore it down and constructed an apartment building. Hofmo thought the preservationist groups’ partial victory was bittersweet. “I feel like every time a preservationist compromises, they lose. And every time a developer compromises, they win,” she said.
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But back to demolition-threatened 7604 Fourth Ave. The empty lot next to the Victorian house formerly belonged to Mousa Khalil, who for a while was known in Bay Ridge for owning properties he either tore down or kept vacant. The lot’s address is 7614 Fourth Ave. In 2018, an entity called 7614 LLC bought Khalil’s lot for $4,893,687 in a foreclosure sale, Finance Department records indicate. Efthimios Zisimopoulos is the sole managing member of 7614 LLC, those records show.
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ohn Patrick McPartlan, Sr, aged 97, resident of The Hideout in Lake Ariel, PA, died Sunday morning at the Hospice of the Sacred Heart in Dunmore, PA., surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Sally Ann O’Connor McPartlan. Born in Drumkeeran, Leitrim, Ireland, he was the son of the late James and Mary McVey McPartlan. He came to the United States in 1947 where he settled in Jackson Heights, Queens with his sister Molly and her family. He was employed by the NY Railroad for several years, and prior to his retirement, he was employed by Sunnydale Farms in Brooklyn, New York. He was a parishioner of St. Patrick’s Parish in Bay Ridge Brooklyn, NY prior to becoming a parishioner of St. Thomas Moore Church in Lake Ariel, PA. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He grew up playing traditional Irish tunes on the flute and accordion and would occasionally entertain family and friends. He liked to play a round of golf with his sons and was a long suffering, yet loyal New York Mets fan. Surviving are his daughter Terry McPartlan of Brooklyn, NY; his son, John Patrick McPartlan, Jr. and his wife Karen Chizmar McPartlan of Scotch Plains NJ; his son, Dennis James McPartlan and his wife Eileen Dowd McPartlan of Milltown NJ; his son-in-law, Martin Bajo of Staten Island, NY; grandson Jeffrey Michael McPartlan and his wife Stacey De Torres McPartlan; granddaughter Christie Lynn McPartlan Fitzpatrick and her husband, Kevin Fitzpatrick; granddaughters, Caitlin Ryan Bajo and Heather Rose Bajo, grandson Sean Patrick McPartlan, and granddaughter Colleen Mary McPartlan, and great-granddaughter, Lily James McPartlan, as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Special Thanks to Jessyka O’Heren long-time caregiver, friend, and someone we all consider a family member. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sally Ann O’Connor McPartlan, his daughter Mary Ann McPartlan Bajo, and siblings, Molly McPartlan Kelly, Annie T. McPartlan, Thomas McPartlan, Bridget McPartlan Carney, Edward McPartlan, and Josie McPartlan. Visitation will be on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 from 4 pm to 8 pm at the James Wilson Funeral Home, 143 Gravity Road, Lake Ariel, PA and Wednesday morning, March 27, 2019 from 9 to 10:30 am. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 26, 2019 at 11 am at St. Thomas Moore Church, 105 Gravity Road, Lake Ariel, PA. Interment will follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery, 220 Church Street, Moscow, PA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702. To leave an online condolence, please visit the funeral home website at www.jameswilsonfuneralhome.com.
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