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The Carroll Gardens widow who fought to die in the home she’d lived in her entire life, won a Pyrrhic victory this month — dying in the apartment on Aug. 12 and defeating a developer’s two-year-long quest to evict her.

Angelina Visconti, 88, died of natural causes at Long Island College Hospital, though she was still a resident of the Cheever Place rowhouse.

“She got her wish, and that was what it was all about,” said Leonard Visconti, her son. “She always said she was born here, she wanted to die here.”

Visconti’s residency became an issue in 2005, when her nephew Joseph DeLeonibus, the son of Visconti’s late twin sister, tried to evict her so he could make a killing in the booming Carroll Gardens real-estate market.

The house was eventually sold for $1.13 million to developer Wayne Warnock, who picked up the eviction proceedings where DeLeonibus left off.

Visconti and her sister fought back, arguing in court that Warnock could not evict them because their long tenancy effectively made her unit rent-controlled.

Visconti spent nearly her entire life at the modest rowhouse, between Degraw and Baltic streets. She is survived by an older sister, Katherine Carmada, 90, and her son, Leonard Visconti.

Warnock, the developer who sought Visconti’s eviction, told The Brooklyn Paper that he had tried to find the widow an alternative place to live, but that, on some level, he, too, was glad she got her final wish to die at home.

“In that sense it was good,” said Warnock. “It’s a sad situation.”

Now that Visconti has died, Carmada has agreed to move to New Jersey to be near her children. Warnock plans to fix up the house and possibly resell it, depending on the market.

But first he must evict Leonard Visconti, who is considering taking up his mother’s fight.

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Cheever Place Reident says:
I know everyone involved all my life and I just want to say that the press didn’t do the homework. This hold out for money game that is being played by Lenny and Patricia is not a new game at all for Patricia Jones. At one point in her life she actually dated a 80 year old man (Tony Alfano) who lived on Cheever place to get to his home which almost went into foreclosure, and did it all while she was married to lenny The house was saved by outside family members and when Patricia realized she could not get her payday from the new owners, she went back home to lenny to start this lie. She then set her older sister Connie up with Tony in hopes there may be some money in it for her once Tony passes on.
Oct. 19, 2007, 7:24 am
neighbor says:
We don't want Leonard Visconti and his so called wife Patricia living on Cheever PLace. They are squatters. Drug deals go on there all the time. Joseph DeLeonibus did his best. The whole family was stealing from him. The story you should be printing is how Leonard Visconti got away with stealing his mothers ss check and using it in the neighborhood for booze and cigarettes. He and his wife are crackheads where did they get the money from? They didn,t work. Somebody needs to call the authoritys to investagate.
Oct. 19, 2007, 6:29 pm
Family Member says:
Instead of writing about the nephew, the story was nothing the way it looked. If you are so interested in the way our old people are treated. I have a story for you. When a person who knows what is going on at 17 Cheever place notifies the Social Security Dept. and tells them whats going on there and totally disregards it, some official should look into it. During the time of the socalled eviction, Leonard, her son, would take her SS check and spend it on drugs and beer at the corner store on DeGraw Street. He would also beat her for the check. Ask the neighbors, what really happened. Ask how many times the police had to go to that address. That makes good press.
Nov. 4, 2007, 1:26 pm
Strong Place Victum from Carroll Gardens says:
In 1990, Lennie Visconti banged on my door and and told me that his mother passed on. He asked if I could contribute to help buy his mom a headstone. We all gave him a hundred dollars apiece. I would never have thought such a maggot could make up such a story. No wonder this guy is a dwarf, all the pots and cracks he took stunted his growth. He will get his someday
July 20, 2009, 3:35 am
mandi says:
Ok so when is enough realy truly enough. All i see you all doing is airing other people's personal lives on the internet.This was done and over with after my grandmother past have enough respect for her to leave well enough alone. As for Lenny all you in the neighborhood new what he was about even me his own daughter knew what he was about. But in my grams eyes he was all she had left and if all of you were so concerned so much why didn't any of you do anything or say anything..I'll tell you why cause you all ASSUMED us kids were just like my father all losers why cause he is our sperm donor. way to judge people! i tryed for years to convince my gram to move up here with us there is nothing i would of loved more but because she valued her sister so much she would never leave and to me that is called TRUE FAMILY!! i wish in my heart of heart that half you people would of stopped judgeing us and talked to us insted so maybe just maybe something could of been done sooner and as for the nosey neighbor nextdoor who walks around in everybody's buisness get a life realy cause honesty we all know nobody likes you cause you don't know how to mind your own buisness you were so worried about annie and jean that you did what NOTHING so you have no right even speeking on this matter you of all people knows my father and how he is. oh and the only thing that made good press was the 999,999 no inspect or anything someone was just smart enough to wonder why that brownstone was selling so cheep. oh let me see a realitor thats right!!! you all have a nice life and i will keep thanking my lucky stars that my mother moved us away from all you low lifes who have no lives....you can say all you want about lenny and pat i could care less anyone whos anyone ther knows what their about...but you all have no right judging any of us according to who lenny is and if it wasn't for my gram i would of never delt with him again or his wife
May 23, 2010, 2:03 am

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