Dilapidated Slope Building Facing Foreclosure

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Rachel Nash, the daughter of the owner of the notoriously rundown Park Slope building at 187 7th Avenue, made an appearance at the open forum portion of this week’s Community Board 6 meeting. She initially asked the community for ideas in financing the art gallery being run on the ground floor of the building and talked about how she plans to renovate the upper floors of the townhouse into housing for artists. But the conversation quickly turned to the building’s upkeep. Members from CB6 asked about the building being under foreclosure pressure. According to Nash, the family is trying to appeal the foreclosure actions that have been taken. Nash also described an ongoing battle to remove the sidewalk shed around the building. She claimed the old contractor who originally erected it is unavailable to take it down, and other contractors have refused to do it. The building recently received attention from politicians who said they wanted to work with the owner to make the building safer. Meanwhile, the Brooklyn Paper has more details about Nash’s plans for the ground floor—assuming the family retains control of the building—which includes renovating the former Landmark Pub in the space “into a cafe with ‘poetry nights.’”
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  • Did anyone ever ask her why the building got to the point that it is today?

    I have seen people painting inside the ground level, I for one would not think it to safe to be inside, no one knows how safe the floors and ceilings are since they have been exposed to the elements for decades.
    I wouldn’t go inside that building.

    I hope, as most of us do here that maybe someday the building could be renovated and once again, become a part of the neighborhood in a good way.

  • Johanna

    Why wouldn’t the owner just sell it? I have not seen this building change in the last 20 years. It’s in a prime location. Even in this condition it’s worth a great deal. What am I missing?

  • Johanna

    Why wouldn’t the owner just sell it? I have not seen this building change in the last 20 years. It’s in a prime location. Even in this condition it’s worth a great deal. What am I missing?

  • daveinbedstuy

    The sooner this building leaves the hands of this family, the better.

  • daveinbedstuy

    The sooner this building leaves the hands of this family, the better.

  • Brenda from Flatbush

    I once spent an hour or so chasing down online coverage of this family and their misadventures with the building over the past decades. What emerged was a portrait of a bunch of narcissistic, entitled, manipulative “eccentrics” (to put it charitably)–a mom and 2 daughters, one of whom is a lawyer, who seem to think that the rules don’t apply to them because they are so gosh-darned creative. Someone was very nearly killed by crap falling off this rotting building a few years ago; I’m amazed that the folks at the CB meeting didn’t rise up against this gal with torches and pitchforks. I have read accounts of the family jerking neighborhood real-estate agents around for years about selling the place but they never do, and it continues to blight the area. The current “plans” sound like another round of self-aggrandizing craziness. Pity the immediate neighbors.

  • Yes, yes, yes. I agree, even if in a worst case a developer ends up pulling it down, though I hope that doesn’t happen, as it is a handsome building, but I don’t know how damaged it is. I say this because it has been simply falling apart for ages, neglected in an incomprehensible way due to what can only be called some form of craziness, and this family is not going to do anything to reverse this trend, despite grandiose fantasies.

  • I say foreclose on this building asap. CB6 shouldn’t even allow this owner to speak after she’s blighted the neighborhood for so many years with this eyesore.

  • After reading so much about this dumb family, I hope the forclosure does take place.

    Really, I wish with every spec of my being, that the building would just burn to the ground. i am surprised it has never caught fire after all these years.

    So what is the point of DOB, if after all these years nothing has been done.

    also, why does she want the shed around the building removed? makes no sense.

  • After reading so much about this dumb family, I hope the forclosure does take place.

    Really, I wish with every spec of my being, that the building would just burn to the ground. i am surprised it has never caught fire after all these years.

    So what is the point of DOB, if after all these years nothing has been done.

    also, why does she want the shed around the building removed? makes no sense.

  • I echo the comments above – the owners are certifiably nuts. I’ve met them. I hope a new, responsible owner takes over soon.

  • bk1lnite

    My guess is they’re too broke to renovate the building but not broke enough (and too crazy) to sell it.

    I like the line in the nyt article about the landmark pub – “It looked like the kind of place that Norman Bates would be a night manager.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/03/nyregion/thecity/03hous.html

  • bk1lnite

    My guess is they’re too broke to renovate the building but not broke enough (and too crazy) to sell it.

    I like the line in the nyt article about the landmark pub – “It looked like the kind of place that Norman Bates would be a night manager.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/03/nyregion/thecity/03hous.html

  • the daughters are hot :p. but from what i read they are nuts. if they really want they can afford to fix it.

  • I met onw of the daughters years ago. She wasn’t hot just whacko.

  • I met onw of the daughters years ago. She wasn’t hot just whacko.

  • East New York

    “My guess is they’re too broke to renovate the building but not broke enough (and too crazy) to sell it.”

    Yeah, that’s what I mean. Sounds like they don’t have to let it go, but they don’t have enough to fix it up. So there it sits. Meanwhile, they entertain hopeful dupes with stories about creating housing for all those artists looking to live on Seventh Ave. in Park Slope.

  • no-permits

    the foreclosure case has to do with a net lease that was signed. the reason the building has not been fixed is because the family has been in and out of court about it for many years. i spoke to rachel years ago and they we’re asking something like $4MM with the top floors net leased for something like 99 years. the building has little value with this lease in place.

  • Whoever thinks this family is capable of fixing and maintaining this building is better off buying a bridge. Have watched this building decay over the past 15 years and hope the foreclosure goes through, as it seems that’s the only way the family will part with it.

  • Whoever thinks this family is capable of fixing and maintaining this building is better off buying a bridge. Have watched this building decay over the past 15 years and hope the foreclosure goes through, as it seems that’s the only way the family will part with it.

  • daveinbedstuy

    brenda, I got the impression from what little I have read that the daughter is basically a manipulator.

  • Townie

    Delusional… Housing for artists? On 7th Avenue in Prime Center Slope? PS 321 right across the street. That’s her daughter’s fantasy.
    I think they would have sold if they could. I have heard the “lease story” before as well.

  • “And who in their right mind gives out a 99 year lease”

    Didn’t Fred Mertz always give The Ricardo’s a 99 year lease???

  • delepp

    They haven’t paid their taxes since 2006 and owe the city $500K. Seems city has made some emergency repairs as well. City should force the issue.

  • delepp

    They haven’t paid their taxes since 2006 and owe the city $500K. Seems city has made some emergency repairs as well. City should force the issue.

  • slopefarm

    Late to the party on this one, but I agree with the general line of commentary. Given the history, what possible basis could there be to take any proposal from this family credibly and think that, with some assistance, they could do anything or that any good would come of it? It’s not just 15-20 years of deterioration, I’m not sure there was ever a good time to look back to here for a track record. When the Landmark Pub was open in the 80s, it still closed in the colder months because, presumably, the family would not or could not pay for heat. I know a few people who lived in the building right after college in the mid-80s who complained that the building was not really heated in the winter and the landlord unresponsive. The only sane response of a community board, lender, judge, government agency, etc. any time these folks try to propose something and get aid for it is to cover the ears, sing loudly and proclaim “I can’t hear you!!!” Maybe some old timers can help me here, but was there ever a time when this building with these owners was not notorious?

  • To echo stargazer, really, what a joke the DOB, HPD, DOF, DOT is if they can’t do anything about this. HPD is focused on their COMPLETELY WORTHLESS annual property registration forms and collecting $8 checks.

    OCCUPY THIS BUILDING!

    • right, I don’t understand why we have these agency’s and yet this building has sat here dormant for decades, just rotting away…..

      Yet a homeowner that has litter in front of his tree pit, gets a fine and must pay it…..

      something is very wrong here.

  • East New York

    “OCCUPY THIS BUILDING!”

    Go for it, Clarence. There’s no RoboCop around to stop you on this one.

  • We did just that – cashed out the 529′s. Refied to a lower, fixed rate to get out of an ARM check out 123 Refinance to find lower rates with out entering your SSN!

  • There are two law suits against the property and the owners; one for the loan they never repaid and another for a master lease they gave and then pulled out of.
    Because one of the daughters is a lawyer in the court system she has been able to stall the court dates for years but now it seems time has run out. Why else would they appeal to the community they have ignored all these years.