It occurs to me that there are some of you too new the neighborhood to recall the sorry state of 205 Parkside just a couple years ago. It's still no great shakes, but a lot of lipstick's been thrown on that pig in order to open it someday as a "long-stay" hotel. It was retrofitted to that purpose, not unlike other Fried buildings in the area (on Woodruff) and elsewhere in Brooklyn whose ultimate purpose became either SRO or (in the case of the Lefferts Hotel and others) hourly fleabag hooker hostel. Those of us who have met, or know anything about, notorious scumbag Moses Fried, will tell you that he is not to be trusted any farther than you can toss him. Given his slight frame, and my large but still relatively strong though rusting middle-aged physique, I suspect I could heave him about three feet. Which means, I don't trust him more than three feet. Just trying to be as literal as I can about the matter. More background here. And here. And here. And here's what it looked like, not so very long ago:
So he owns other properties like the notorious "Lefferts Hotel," which is actually in Bed-Stuy, which by the way much of which actually started getting called Clinton Hill by clever people trying not to live or sell property in Bed-Stuy, and if you don't believe me just ask people who used to live in the area way back, and IF the word Clinton Hill was or wasn't used to described a tiny portion of what is now called that, which of course now has cache all its own, though I can guarantee if crime is your main concern you'll be moving sideways to move to parts of Clinton Hill and much of Bed-Stuy, though Ft. Greene has gotten remarkably quiet in the time since I've lived in NYC, now ranking among the lowest-crime nabes in Brooklyn, now where was I?
reports, Moses Mike is about to clear $5 million for the above troubled hotel property on Schermerhorn, a dumpy dump so sordid it even had its own incredible story of being robbed floor to roof at one point in what seemed likely some sort of insurance scam. So the guy named after the sea-parting man has a little more cash flow, perhaps to finish his joint at 205 Parkside and get it open? Just taking a peek inside the "lobby" shows he has little interest in running anything more than he's done in the past. His big mistake this time is that we're not going to let him even get going with his "business model," are we? With 20,000 or more neighbors walking past every day, there will be plenty of eyes on the property. And you can count on the Q not to let go. I'll now happily take credit for the below mock-letters placed on the building a couple years ago, so yeah, the guy and his building really bug me and I'll personally stay on the story til he either sells of gets right with the law. Btw, David Tepper, it turns out, is his grandson. So when the octogenarian eventually heads to the land of eternal rest for slumlords (I hope wherever that is they have lots of cockroaches and infrequent running hot water), Tepper will be the man in charge.
The Q at Parkside
News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.