Neighbors say the building’s injured owner left in cuffs after refusing to leave

Run-down Park Slope brownstone partially collapses, injuring cop and owner

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A police officer and the owner of a run-down Park Slope brownstone were injured after the landmarked building partially collapsed Friday morning, neighbors and authorities said.

The interior of the four-story row house caved in just before noon Friday, causing a responding police officer to fall through a hole in the floor and sending the injured owner into a frenzy, according to neighbors, who say the owner was led out in handcuffs after refusing to leave.

“She was resisting help,” said a neighbor, who asked not to be named.

Both the officer and the owner were taken to New York Methodist Hospital with minor injuries, a fire department spokesman said. Neighbors say the woman lives alone and has an open case with Adult Protective Services, a state agency serving physically and mentally impaired adults who are at risk of harm.

The century-old brownstone on First Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues has been a trash-ridden eyesore for years and the owner was hit with a $2,500 fine in April for building code violations. The fine came after this newspaper discovered more than 100 tin cans, buckets, and other containers on the roof of the building, a collection that had neighbors scared to walk down the street for fear of being hit by a rusty pail.

The residence was roped off with caution tape as of Friday night, according to neighbors. The Department of Buildings is investigating the structure. The fine has not yet been paid, according to the building department’s website.

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Updated 10:13 pm, July 9, 2018
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Charles Ted Logan from Park Slope says:
Crazies! Send them all off to Staten Island where they belong!
Aug. 5, 2013, 11:09 am
The Chooch from Jackson Heights says:
Tear it down and rebuild it as ... "The Chooch Mahal." As if a maharajah had built himself a residence in Park Slope in 1897. Would that have been so far fetched? Just get a stylistic variance from the preservation commission. Same era, same materials, but with a dash of bollywolly. I mean can we have ANY fun?
Aug. 5, 2013, 12:58 pm
The Chooch from Jackson Heights says:
And then sell it as a one-family house ... to an authentic Hindu mook, a working class guy, or working "caste" as the case may be, who made a killing running a tech support phone center in Bangalore, and who now needs a residence in Park Slope. See? That would be authentic Brooklyn.
Aug. 5, 2013, 1:36 pm
AAAAA from Park Slope says:
This article in your sleazy paper, just like the other articles about this house, has its facts all wrong. Lawsuit ahead BTW the APS does not have a case with this person, because the entire issue was originated by false reports to 311. The person has been classified as in perfect mental and physical health on several recent occasions. No injury occurred, but rather, because of disgusting vicious lies reported to 311 by a neighbor, an exam was done at a different hospital, not Methodist, and very excellent mental health was noted!
The garden had been, before being trashed by neighbors, and then finally by either the Police or Fire Dep't which cut down a beautiful nectarine tree in the garden which would have borne fruit in late August. They not only cut down the tree, but in the process destroyed 3/4 of the raspberry shrubs, the honeysuckle, and other beautiful bushes and vines. The gardener had heaped loving care on that tree for 20 years. Another lawsuit due for that cruel and idiotic act! Were they high or something? It was like a frenzy! A big change is needed in the operation of the police department and other city procedures.
..... The garden had been a precious refuge for indigenous Brooklyn plants, as well as other native American vintage plants for more than 30 years. The gardener is a serious citizen, caring about ecology and the fast disappearance of our natural plants. The mirrors in the garden have provided much additional light, allowing for flowering in the spring when all the other gardens on the block have no natural blooms at all, because of the limited north light. Sad that so many people are so uninformed! and so narrow. and so ready to be vulgarly ugly and stupid. And so ignorantly disrespectful of the rights of the individual guaranteed by our US Constitution. Brooklyn is not a gated snob community! It is a place for variety and creativity, for everyone! Property values? F... them! How about human values? For all! Artificially swollen real estate values have largely caused the terrible state this country is in. But never mind. Save that for a book. Let's just say, in terms of intelligent, caring, forward thinking residents, Park Slope is not the wonderful place it used to be! Yet there are still many excellent people among the morons. I thank them!
The Brooklyn Paper article is utterly irresponsible, quoting, obviously, the very same two or three people who deliberately created this entire issue.
Sept. 28, 2013, 4:42 pm
Friend from Park Slope says:
BTW there was no "collapse" of the house!
Sept. 28, 2013, 4:43 pm

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