Brooklyn Rulesa foreclosure, from the beginning - rules before ruling, but Brooklyn? - MORE
Brooklyn Lyceum Overview -
TL;DR : Idiot buys old warehouse-y building in Brooklyn, runs as arts organization, refinances debt.
Long Form: The Brooklyn Lyceum (brooklynlyceum.com) started off life as Public Bath #7 in 1910.
By 1937, when Robert Moses closed it as a seemingly punitive measure against the career of Architect Raymond F. Almirall (who sat as lead foreman on a runaway Grand Jury highlighted by the New York Times in 1921 for issuing subpoenas for the mayor's records), the city had failed to maintain several forward thinking ventilation systems implemented by Almirall in 1910.
It was a shame that a large indoor pool was covered over and replaced by a gym floor, showering facilities for almost two hundred were reduced to 16 and the entire 5,400 square foot was gutted and closed to the public for some 70 years.
It was a bigger shame that the world did not take notice of the buildings department shutdown of the renovation, the first time, and some 30 years prior to Brooklyn Heights, that anyone told Robert Moses NO. And, as an aside, no evidence has surfaced, either in Robert Caro's The Power Broker, or elsewhere, that Robert Moses ever did another renovation after the shutdown of his renovation of Public Bath #7.
From its reopening in the 1940's to the 1970's, Public Bath #7 functioned as anything from a gym to a public shower, to a weights gym to a basketball court to a wartime function hall.
In the 70's, it went up for auction a couple of times. One buyer was thinking of putting a mattress manufacturing facility in the building.
At one point it was rented out to a nascent arts organization for a year for a $1.
Another arts group attempted to get an NEA grant for the facility. Eventually, title went to a developer, Bart Rivecchio, and then, again, back into the hands of the person he bought it from, an old time Brooklyn character with a lot of character, Aaron Sukenik.
Eric Richmond bought it off of Aaron Sukenik who was paid off in a refinance.
Eventually Richmond refinanced debts on the Building with Madison Capital Realty on , who sold the note/mortgage to ??? on .
None of this is special, to this point.
We The PeopleAre really getting tired of this situation. - The wigs from the 1700s were far smarter and/or far better statesmen who left us tools to fix almost any situation. We should dust off, sharpen and use the damn things. Repeatedly. Until the logjam breaks.
A New Preamble -
We are still the people, but "We, the People", have gotten lazy.
And, some of the people who were not originally intended as "We, the People", are rightfully pissed.
Let us state right up front that the people who wrote the founding documents of this federation of independent states, were White, Male, Landowning, Protestant, slave owning bastards who wrote up a government for themselves and people like them.
Others were not likely to be protected as noted by Washington himself after the Revolution with regards to one nearly tolerable other group, Catholics:
As mankind become more liberal they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protection of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations in examples of justice and liberality. And I presume that your fellow-citizens will not forget the patriotic part which you took in the accomplishment of their Revolution, and the establishment of their government; or the important assistance which they received from a nation in which the Roman Catholic faith is professed.
Quite the admission there that some are less equal to others.
But that does not negate in any way the beauty, power, and resiliency of the system they wrote.
The tools that make up that system have a history that instructs on their power and use.
We should all master them to thwart those who would sully the country with attempts to limit those documents outside the ways listed in the documents on how to change the documents.
BROOKLYN NAVY YARD BULLYThe Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation is squishing local artists with ridiculous trademark complaints. - 5 years to challenge trademark
Is William J. Thomashower a liar? We think so. -
Is a trademark of a place valid in the United States? We think not (it sure isn't in Britain as Canary Wharf Apartments learned).
Did William J. Thomashower overplay his hand ? We think he did in a few ways.
First etsy.com and then amazon.com bowed to his will.
They covered their corporate behinds but there remains the Battle of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
TheGrowlerWhy we are here - Old-School Journalism is dead, long live the New School! - MORE
A little about us... -
THE GROWLER: a years late followup to some heated discussions about the future of journalism ...
which led to a process diagram sketched on the back of an envelope that was promptly ignored for years.
Then a media echo chamber of silliness effectively cauterized a Democratic-leaning populace into a zombie-like apathy at the polls.
Not only must objective critical analysis occur (whether or not we call it journalism), that work needs to be given a fertile and sustainable soil from which to spring.
The Growler is that soil.
Read on to see what we want to become.
all things GROWLERgrrrr - making waves everywhere
Everywhere a GROWLER -
We chose the name theGrowler from our remembrances of the our long-since left this mortal coil pet Alaskan Malamute, Attu, named after the western-most Aleutian island.
Attu took great pleasure in growling when she sensed danger.
That being said, here are some links to growlers and some discussion tabs.
Brooklyn Lyceum : Due Process AssistJust Another F***KING Observer - or, you only get the rights you fight for ... - MORE
LYCEUM ATTENTION TODAY -
OR NO JUSTICE FOR ANYONE TOMORROW.
TL/DR: The Brooklyn Lyceum (LYCEUM), aka Public Bath #7 (designed by Raymond Francis Almirall), and a community fixture for 20 years as a theater and cafe, needs your help.
The way is clear and certain for the LYCEUM, but can be shortened tremendously with a little help from some friends, be they artists, locals, arts organizations or people / organizations (Brooklyn or otherwise) who think the rule of law and due process are good things, things the NYS Supreme Court and the Appellate Courts need to follow (and that the Appellate Court should not be in the business of suborning perjury or making up facts).
Quite simply, we had/have four slam dunk due process related appeals, waited forever to be heard and the Appellate Court actually lied at oral argument, made up facts (19 > 26), altered our appeal brief, ignored dealing with an inconvenient fact (45> 30) and retroactively altered perjury away for the Plaintiff in order to avoid the lower court being "dunked on".
With a little help from some friends, we may be able to resurrect the rule of law and due process, if even for a little while.
Pay it forward: Read, review, sign and send affidavit. Maybe an hour of your life. Maybe two.
By doing so you get some say in future LYCEUM programming, or, if that is not exciting, we will double your time investment in a cause you select.
>>>> Don't be scared, just :
- --learn simple rules about Jurisdiction in the next few tabs,
- --read about what went down (from the LYCEUM perspective),
- --watch/listen to parts of an oral argument,
- --look at 5 pages (3 pages of meat) of decision (noting the failure of the court to even acknowledge what went on at oral argument) and
- look at the timing of a few docket items
- Sign an affidavit and send it to us.
>>>>Look at what we offer in return and make up your mind about paying it forward in the tab labelled OPTIONS.
>>>>You can see our ever growing list of prior activities/performers in the tabs at the end.
The Brooklyn Lyceum waited patiently for a decision after oral argument, more than three (3) months.
That was after waiting more than 2.5 years to be calendared (after the appeals were fully briefed by both sides and ready to be argued).
This was after filing four appeals revolving around 4 incredibly simple issues, sure shot wins that should have corrected lower court shortcomings:
- --non-initiating plaintiff appearing without standing seeking a judgement of default and later committing unequivocal, yes unequivocal, perjury to cover up that appearance without standing,
- --lack of standard / court ordered notice of a judgment at least 30 days prior to sale of collateral (the Lyceum itself),
- --failure to serve another order within 30 days as mandated buy the order itself,
- --refusal to allow attorney to appear who had filed motion (by way of Order to Show Cause), and
- --whether, on the record before the court, created and submitted by only the plaintiff, was it more than a year from default (statutory time allotted to respond) to the motion seeking a judgment of that default (if so the case was abandoned).
As we had put non-trivial effort into the appeals and addressed both the strong points of our argument and any perceived weak points with argument, logic and case law specifically on point, we awaited decisions in 4 appeals expecting that the court would address the arguments and the case law presented and synthesize it with the facts of the case and the record on appeal and come to a reasoned decision.
Additionally, after we raised jurisdictional arguments for the first time at oral argument, a basic right for all people, the lead judge said the Second Department had an excellent reputation to uphold and that the court would get to the bottom of the issues.
We were shocked that the panel did not address, or even acknowledge, the jurisdictional arguments.
We were also sorely disappointed with decisions in the four appeals where :
- -- the Appellate Court made up facts,
- -- the Appellate Court misrepresented appellants's allegation of extrinsic fraud as one for intrinsic fraud thereby invoking a statute of limitations for intrinsic fraud that does not exist for extrinsic fraud,
- -- the Appellate Court selectively quoted a case directly on point to ignore the dispositive fact that an order was no longer in effect,
- --and, in the most interesting appeal, the Appellate Court just reiterated a challenged conclusion of law the lower court while citing the same case as the lower court without addressing the arguments and decades of cases noted in the Appeal Brief finding exactly the opposite.
This is especially troubling since the case cited by both courts makes absolutely no sense when actually broken into component parts.
The fourth appeal was procedurally dismissed in a way we found appalling as it puts a ridiculous burden on all litigants, especially pro se (self represented) litigants, when it is clear from the record presented that the lower court refused to hear a motion filed by an attorney without a notice of appearance when the client and filing attorney were present at the hearing, a situation where a notice of appearance is not required or useful, resulting in a clear lack of Opportunity to be Heard, a due process violation negating any subsequent decisions.
We long fought, some 20 years, to make the Brooklyn Lyceum an arts facility and we are not willing, after waiting 2.5 years just to get the appeal heard, to be brushed off like so much dandruff.We will continue to fight for due process for as long as it takes, as the numerous and repeated jurisdictional violations of the court never go away, never expire and have no statute of limitations.
To that end, shining a little light on these simple issues, issues that are core to the American justice system, seems like a good idea such that others in the future can see things for what they are sooner.
If you, JAFO, find yourself convinced of these simple issues we will shortly explain, you can help, and maybe we can help you.
Help by becoming J.A.F.O., Just Another F***ing Observer.
It is simple. Read some documents, watch a couple of minutes of court video and evaluate what you have read. Sign and mail/email an affidavit to us.
Help the Brooklyn Lyceum by paying it forward by paying attention now to ensure others due process later.
the HARUCHAIa bloodguard for politics? - come to pillage, stay to serve - MORE
Early Millenium Migration -
Early in the Millenium, educated young people migrated to (cheap) places where they could congregate.
They sought adventure there, in the coastal cities, places where many of there parents had fled in the decades long exodus to the suburbs (Levittown, Naperville, ...)
Then the recession struck, a by product of specious financial regulation and billions and billions on questionable wars to protect, mostly, oil interests.
This may have just been a blip in history, but those young-ish needed to eat, and put a roof over their heads.
Once congregated, they became a market unto themselves with critical mass enough to support almost anything as long as they were willing to live in the abandoned carcass of the cities.
Being a recession and all, they created their own economies by reinventing artisanal craftsmanship everywhere there had been just bland commodities for decades.
Beer, Pizza, chocolate, coffee, COFFEE, soda, mustard, mayonnaise, peppers, cupcakes, barbeque, whiskey, theater, music, ...
It was if a great cry arose and said, YUCK!
Nowhere was this most evident than in Brooklyn, close enough to the wellspring of all media, Manhattan, but far away enough for cheap rents in nearly abandoned neighborhoods (Bushwick?).
They worked this for awhile and even elected the first black president, in part, by using nascent social media and sending droves of people to toss-up states door to door.
Then they went about their non-political business as the economy slowly recovered.
Until 2016, the vote heard round the world.
All the media championed a candidate that had a several million vote advantage OVERALL, but failed to address the chess game afoot, the ELECTORAL COLLEGE, the only game that mattered (whether you agreed with the rules or not, they are the rules in play).
It is often said that votes are yards and states are touchdowns.
Who hasn't seen a team garner massive yardage but fail in the red zone.
The losers complained that they didn't know it was about touchdowns, but that yards should be the only metric.
They then complained that social media was used to influence voters, as if that hadn't been the case in 2008, whether foreign backed or not. Disingenuous at best.
Btu then came the 2018 mid-terms and a shift in the firmament occurred. Longstanding politicians saw the handwriting on the wall and did not run for re-election. Other long time elected officials played the same old game and got beat by any other perspective than holding on to power for the boomer generation.
Old Guard still standing ...
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