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A tribute fit for the King: Midwood man’s home is ‘mini-Graceland’

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The King lives — in Midwood.

A Brooklyn Elvis impersonator has turned his home into a mecca for the musical icon that rivals the King’s former home in Memphis.

“I got so much Elvis in my house, it’s like a mini-Graceland,” Carey Weiner said.

The Midwood man has every movie and album the King ever made, but more than that, Weiner has amassed an army of Elvis figurines and plastered his walls with Presley press clippings.

Weiner, 53, estimated that he has spent tens of thousands of dollars on the collection he began accumulating at 12 years old. He found some of his favorite pieces on pilgrimages to Elvis’s Tennessee home of Graceland, Weiner said.

“In Memphis, I was like a kid in a candy store,” he said.

Weiner has performed as Elvis in Brooklyn, Atlantic City, and as far away as Las Vegas, starting at the age of 9, he said. Recently, the tribute singer was featured in this paper’s pages after he performed at MCU Park’s Elvis night.

In many ways, Weiner’s collection is an heirloom. The oldest pieces were gathered by his mother Rosalyn at Presley’s concerts. One prized keepsake is a scarf the King gave her during his four-night stint at Madison Square Garden in 1972.

“His makeup rubbed off on the scarf. My mom said she wished his makeup rubbed off on her,” Weiner said.

For Weiner, Elvis is an enduring connection to the mother he lost to cancer about 20 years ago.

“She was a great mom, but when Elvis was in town, she was the ultimate groupie,” he said.

Weiner was once featured on the “Hoarding: Buried Alive” on The Learning Channel, and he admits the clutter can get out of hand, but said that is the price of fandom.

“I’ve known Elvis impersonators with maybe two CDs — well, then you’re not a fan,” he said.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at mjaeger@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

bkdude64 from midwood says:
I see this dude all the time
Oct. 27, 2014, 4 am
Tim Rigney from The Burbs says:
Uhm - decaying oranges with fruit flies are not related to an "Elvis collection."
Don't get me wrong; I understand that it's a medical illness. I hope that the landlord will, as well.
If you have a stomach ache, go to a stomach doctor.
If you have a brain problem, go to a brain doctor - a psychiatrist or psychologist.
There's no shame in it and if it's necessary, it's necessary. It's broke; get it fixed.
July 22, 2015, 12:17 am
Lisa from Savannah says:
There was a part in hoarders where they showed some pictures back in the day. Omg!! His arms were huge!! Like he used to be sooooo hot. Now he has become like this. Sad actually. But he's still kinda hot. I would kiss him for a week.
April 18, 2016, 9:28 am
Bill from Boston, NY says:
I really liked Cary in the show. I didn't like his friends. It was a difficult process for Cary, and his friends wanted to kick him when he was down, rather than help him.
Feb. 25, 2017, 7:06 pm
Bec from England says:
I found it uncomfortable viewing too, really felt for the guy. His friends weren't helping him in the slightest, I found them excruciating at times. Hope he finds people who can understand him rather than judge him, he seemed like a lovely guy. Hope he's still getting the help he needs to get back on track x
April 26, 2017, 4:20 am
Ann from Scotland says:
Carry seems like such a nice guy on hoarders, his ‘friends’ were abusive and cruel to him. I really hope he’s doing well in his life
Aug. 29, 4:30 am

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