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What a Russian! Carroll Gardeners react to Trump bigwig’s digs

The Manafort in question: President Trump’s conotrversial former campaign manager and Brooklyn Heights homeowner Paul Manafort.
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It is a red menace!

Someone plastered a poster of a Russian flag — and named names — on the front of a Carroll Gardens brownstone this week, declaring the empty and under-construction home is owned by President Trump’s controversial 2016 campaign manager.

And some neighbors who saw the sign with its Cyrillic-style characters saying the home on Union Street belongs to Paul Manafort — who is being investigated by the Feds for his alleged conversation with Russian intelligence during the campaign — think it is time to say do svidaniya.

“I would like to be as far away from those people as possible, to be honest,” said Nancy Soyer, who lives on Baltic Street.

Locals complained on the blog “Pardon Me for Asking” that the house between Smith and Hoyt streets has been an eyesore with a yard full of construction debris for years.

City records show Manafort bought the three-story brownstone in 2012 and began a $527,900 remodeling job to turn it into a single-family home the following year.

Work on the building stopped about a year and a half ago, according to neighbors, and cinder blocks and steel beams have been sitting in the front yard ever since. A Department of Buildings spokesman said Manafort withdrew his application to work on the home on Jan. 31 and the agency subsequently issued a stop-work order, which is standard practice.

But one neighbor said that nosey locals should stop complaining because the house didn’t look that bad.

“Those people are crazy,” said that person, who asked not to be named out of fear of retribution. “Who cares? People have worse yards.”

By Tuesday the sign had been removed and a crew of workers carried construction materials out of the building. One worker said he was told to return to the brownstone on Friday to clean it out, but wasn’t given a reason.

Manafort told the New York Post that he had hired a new architect and expected construction on the project to be completed by the end of the year.

A woman sitting on the building’s steps on Tuesday who identified herself as an architect waiting for a meeting refused to comment and threatened to call the police on this reporter for questioning workers on the public sidewalk in front of the property.

And the neighbor said she didn’t have much to say about Manafort owning property in her neighborhood since he doesn’t live there, but hoped that someone with a different sort of reputation would move in.

“If Madonna had bought it we’d feel a lot different,” she said. “Beyonce’s sister was living down here for awhile, we thought she was cool. We want Madonna or Solange, instead of Trump’s henchman.”

Manafort did not return two requests for comment.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at lgill@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
I hope these people get their wish, and Madonna moves in and treats her neighbors as awesomely as she does her neighbors across the river.
March 4, 2017, 12:06 pm
Dr Phil from Emergency Room says:
Madonna has fleas
March 4, 2017, 1:25 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
It's a nice house and they don't make them like they used to. It's sad to see a gut-reno stop and a property languish for any reason.
March 4, 2017, 2:16 pm
Bobby T from Grand army Plaza says:
Trumps guy has a house in Brooklyn !!

Yipee !!!

Now those noisy protesters in front of Schumers building can protest there.
March 4, 2017, 4:12 pm
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
I bet he stopped the work because he would be investigated and vetted, and didn't want any payoffs to the building department revealed.

Those city workers should be grateful.
March 5, 2017, 3:04 pm
Dimitri Aleksikhov says:
All these supposedly "open-minded" types who claim to love foreign people suddenly hate Russia. They're just racists. Plain and simple.
March 6, 2017, 6:12 am
Henry Ford from Bay Ridge says:
Dimitri, funny how all the people that hate Russians now loved them when they had a communist government. They don't hate Russians, just conservative Christians like Putin.
March 6, 2017, 10:12 am
Some guy from Over there somewhere says:
Madonna?

I don't know. I think I would rather have a Paramedic or a Plumber living next door.

After all this? Maybe a good Therapist.
March 6, 2017, 1:52 pm
Morris from Mill Basin says:
Putin needs to be killed. So do all the people who admire him. No two ways about it: Death to Putin!
March 6, 2017, 7:10 pm
Helen says:
Morris = crazy
March 7, 2017, 5:10 pm
Crooked Hillary from New York says:
Paul is a private citizen and his property needs to be respected I walk with my son Kent there and the yard is fine
March 8, 2017, 11:41 am
Lorimilla Langforde from carroll gardens says:
it's a wonder how this tiny property became the perfect money laundry scheme for paul manafort and his wife or trust. The original contractors were very nice and I worry some jerks will come back and destroy this property. Poor brownstone brooklyn. I knew thee well.
March 16, 2017, 10:18 am

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