a foreclosure, from the beginning - rules before ruling, but Brooklyn?
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.
TL;DR : Music, theater, art, dance, markets, food ...st
Musically: the Polyphonic Spree, Fiona Apple, Yo La Tengo, Amanda Palmer, Marc Ribot, the Knights Orchestra, ...
Theatrically: Neofuturists, Wax Factory, Nerve Tank, Rocky: the musical, 8 years of A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Civilians, ...
Film festivals included the Brooklyn Underground Film Festival, the Brooklyn International Film festival, Flicker and Asbury Short Film festival.
Other festivals included the New Yorker festival, Nerd Night.
For years, there were weekly Jazz nights curated by Chris Comer and Joe Phillips.
TV: Episodes of ??? and ???