Greystone lies that may shut Blink Fitness down.
First Greystone commits forgery ... then Greystone lies to the Buildings Department ... then Greystone lies to Blink. Who gets the haircut? - MORE
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Hogs get slaughtered ...

Or so the saying goes.  Greystone looks more hoggish by the day.

One would think that over promising in a commercial lease situation would lead to problems, even lawsuits.

This one looks like a doozie.

Greystone, despite their best attempts to ignore their own malfeasance in the soon to be invalidated purchase of the Brooklyn Lyceum, keeps creating their own problems.

For example.... take a look at Blink Fitness.  They signed on for 15,000 +/- square feet of space in the Brooklyn Lyceum.   Little did they know that, in order to build the adjacent building taller, Greystone had to tell the NYC Buildings Department that the uses in the Brooklyn Lyceum had to be a community facility.

And, guess what is not a community facility according to the NYC Buildings Department, commercial chain gyms.

In addition, Greystone never bothered to get a anew certificate of occupancy (CofO), a required process when significant changes have been made (altering exits adding or removing floors, excavation), and is instead attempting to have Blink Fitness occupy a brand new floor that does not even exist in the Certificate of occupancy they are using from 1943.

Wow.  What will Stephen Rosenberg of  Greystone do?  Not do commercial in the base of a brand new residential building and give up some of that residential?

More likely they take the bullet now on the inevitable Blink lawsuit and suffer through whatever breakup will entail be it settlements or lawsuits.

Why we are here
Old-School Journalism is dead, long live the New School! - MORE
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THE GROWLER: a years late followup to some heated discussions about the future of journalism ...

which led to a process diagram sketched on the back of an envelope that was promptly ignored for years.

Then a media echo chamber of silliness effectively cauterized a Democratic-leaning populace into a zombie-like apathy at the polls.

Not only must objective critical analysis occur (whether or not we call it journalism), that work needs to be given a fertile and sustainable soil from which to spring.

The Growler is that soil.

Read on to see what we want to become.

How many flat out lies will Avery S. Mehlman of Herrick and Feinstein commit for Greystone
Seems like a coverup of forgery by Jeffrey Simpson of Greystone - MORE
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Former Kings County ADA seems to have forgotten all those don't commit perjury, don't misrepresent things to the court and don't violate due process tenets of being a lawyer.

Maybe that's what being a lawyer means nowadays.  We feel sorry for those this cretin convicted as an ADA.

Read on to see the tricks of the trade employed by Avery S. Mehlman and, by extension, Herrick and Feinstein.

We wonder how long they can keep this rotten fish around.

Maybe he needs to hit an actual dozen lies in one case?

Let's see what lies Avery makes ....

GREGORY CERCHIONE - Criminal, Incompetent or Criminally Incompetent?
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It is hard to tell if it is laziness, incompetence, hubris, greed or corruption. A case is can be made that is is a bit of all five, especially when the courts turn a blind eye to the problem.

What really remains to be seen is.... how much deed fraud is too much for the system of property transfer in NYC to withstand?

It is really quite simple. Deeds are the currency of real estate. There are strict rules that must be followed lest the whole thing go sideways.

It is so important that those rules are followed that whoever lends you money to buy real estate almost always requires that you get title insurance from someone who will research the chain of title step by step from time immemorial to the date of the transaction to make sure that you are getting something with a legit title. The title company insures the bank/buyer to the amount of the purchase price based on paying a premium.

  • Sometimes Title Companies make mistakes. They pay for those to the amount of insurance.
  • Sometimes Title Companies work fast and loose with the truth. They pay for those to the amount of insurance.
  • Sometimes Title Companies don't do due diligence. They pay for those to the amount of insurance.
  • Sometimes Title Company clients fraudulently induce them into insuring something. They either pay or tell their client that they are not required to pay because fraud cannot be the basis for a contract.

Where it gets really interesting is when the banks are too cozy with the developers and loan based on the property itself as collateral. If the buyer fails to pay they take the property. Simple, no?

But what happens if the deed itself is bad and there is no collateral for the bank to attach to?

Are really getting tired of this situation.
The wigs from the 1700s were far smarter and/or far better statesmen who left us tools to fix almost any situation. We should dust off, sharpen and use the damn things. Repeatedly. Until the logjam breaks. - MORE
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We are still the people, but "We, the People", have gotten lazy.

And, some of the people who were not originally intended as "We, the People", are rightfully pissed.

Let us state right up front that the people who wrote the founding documents of this federation of independent states, were White, Male, Landowning, Protestant, slave owning bastards who wrote up a government for themselves and people like them.

Others were not likely to be protected as noted by Washington himself after the Revolution with regards to one nearly tolerable other group, Catholics:

As mankind become more liberal they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protection of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations in examples of justice and liberality. And I presume that your fellow-citizens will not forget the patriotic part which you took in the accomplishment of their Revolution, and the establishment of their government; or the important assistance which they received from a nation in which the Roman Catholic faith is professed.

Quite the admission there that some are less equal to others.

But that does not negate in any way the beauty, power, and resiliency of the system they wrote.

The tools that make up that system have a history that instructs on their power and use.  

We should all master them to thwart those who would sully the country with attempts to limit those documents outside the ways listed in the documents on how to change the documents. 



An overview
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Let me preface this part with the statement that there are many, many uses for Flask.  We will address it as a content server with some presentation things along the way.

Consider this a bare bones tutorial of how to build a website in Flask.

Essentially, Flask is a set of tools written mostly in the Python programming language which is itself is a set of tools.

Chew on that for a moment.  A set of tools built on top (or incorporating as their building blocks) a set of tools.

Flask uses the Python tool set, the Flask tool set and hundreds of task specific tool sets also written mostly in Python.

Sounds complicated.  But it really isn't that bad.  It is very powerful , and, in contradiction to Django (also python) and Ruby (not Python), Flask imposes very few restrictions.  You get to choose how dangerously you want to live.  As a result, you get incredible flexibility of your own choosing.  The downside is flexibility comes with some additional complexity cost.  Knowledge of that additional complexity will make you capable of much more than other solutions.

If you are using PHP, well, we can't cure you, but take a look at the Flask medicine.

So get buckled in and walk with us through this project.  Lets learn some Flask!


The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation is squishing local artists with ridiculous trademark complaints.
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Is a trademark of a place valid in the United States? We think not (it sure isn't in Britain as Canary Wharf Apartments learned).

Did William J. Thomashower overplay his hand ? We think he did in a few ways.

This simple T-Shirt design by roxysteeparlour.com has been attacked by William J. Thomashower on behalf of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation.

First etsy.com and then amazon.com bowed to his will.

They covered their corporate behinds but there remains the Battle of the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Magistrate Henry Pitman on the prowl!!
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Lidya Maria Radin. A person like any other, save for the circumstances of her prosecution by the Southern District of New York and what appears to be a Soviet era quality show trial where judge Pitman avoids stating that his court follows the US Constitution, witnesses who are not allowed to be asked if they have read, let alone studied, the US Constitution which they have sworn an oath to support, uphold and defend and demanding a probable cause hearing or a simple review of probable cause gets one taken away by US Marshalls and held in a room while the judge debates how to screw you if you won't participate.

Yeah, I know, standard belief is that if one is being prosecuted, one is guilty. But this long, twisted repetitive stripping of a defendant of her rights ought to have everyone worried, scared and angry.

It has happened to Lidya Radin (charged with entering an public elevator after a hearing to which she was not a litigant and charged with attempting to enter the clerk of courts office in the SDNY).

It has happened to Jason Berg (tackled at full tilt outside Newark Courthouse for taking a picture of a car.)

It has happened to Louis Mumford (telling a judge that as his client was acquitted, his client was free to go).

It has happened to me, Eric Richmond (arrested for reporting crimes (felonies) by the Second Circuit to a Federal Judge).

It could happen to you. Make that it will happen to some of you.

Take heed now and see the inner workings of a system where no one even bothers to check the checker, watch the watchers or judge the judgers.

Especially when they run a scam based on public indifference, like Magistrate Henry Pitman.

Why do the SDNY and EDNY not open criminal complaints of violations like other Districts do?
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May 10, 2017: I was arrested and charged for reporting a crime to a federal bankruptcy judge in my own hearing before that federal bankruptcy judge.

By the time the un-named and unbadged seemingly US Marshals, Court Security officers and Homeland Security officers were done I was stopped by at least 7 of them upon exiting the courtroom.

The lead goon (haven't found his name yet) just stood to the side.

The secondary un-named goon pictured here (call him Ginger as he is a redhead) asked me to come with them.

As he had no badge, I demanded his name. He said, again to come with them.

I persisted and asked a second and a third time.

Ginger then directed three homeland security officers to cuff me, which they did.

I immediately and repeatedly demanded, as is my right when being arrested absent a warrant, to be taken immediately before a federal magistrate judge. This they did not do.

After that I was forcibly taken by the goon squad to an elevator, forced to face the rear and spread my legs, forced into a room on the first floor and again forced to face a wall and spread my legs.

After 45 minutes +/- of questioning I was released and charged with the two counts of disorderly conduct.

What I have learned should cause anyone to take pause entering any building where the courts are housed, as they are lawless zones.

Goons. The lot of them.

FRANCOIS RIVERA - Pouting that a litigant took bat out of his hands... or petty tyrant?
ALPHA LAST REVISION -- July 5, 2017 - MORE
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At thegrowler.org (wannabe news-ish) we sometimes take a look at the legal system from many viewpoints. Sometimes word of a situation reaches ears of those who have had not too dissimilar episodes in court.

Almost all of these are cases wherein the litigant is pro-se and is getting savaged by the court or they are represented by an attorney that fails to stand up to such judicial savagery.

One such case involves NYS Supreme Court Judge Francois Rivera.

I was asked to attend the proceedings to serve papers. That did not happen and I stayed to watch the proceedings.

It was quite an eyeful and earful.

First Call - Did not attend as all parties were not yet present.

Second Call - Saw a few cases. Most pretty innocuous. But there were three cases where Francois Rivera distinguished himself with considerable aplomb before the equivalent of a judicial F-Bomb on a litigant.

Is it really all that much to ask the courts to follow the law and the DA/US Attorney to prosecute violators of laws?
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The Brooklyn Lyceum started out as the brainchild of the Boro of Brooklyn and architect Raymond Francis Almirall.

The Lyceum/Public Bath opened on January 1, 1910 sporting a large indoor pool and showers for hundreds of locals without hot plumbing (they were cold water flats).

More to come ...


Get caught in filing a false instrument? Run off to Canada
Kyle has fallen from QUINN EMMANUEL to AFFLECK GREENE MCMURTRY LLP. Here is why... - MORE
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Did Judge Francois Rivera do a professional courtesy to let fraud slide?

He only had to read one page left out of 40+/- page document filed by plaintiff and attorney Kyle Taylor, Esq. (employed by Quinn Emmanuel / Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP)


to find that the attorney committed a fraud upon the court and why did the judge refuse to address the fraud allegation leading to an estimated $1,000,000 in legal fees and at least 40 hours of judge facetime in hearings on the case? What could the court have done with 40 hours of court time and untolled hours of reading papers and crafting decisions designed to avoid clear cut issues?

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UPDATE: Kyle Taylor, Esq., a longstanding Associate at bad-ass law firm Quinn Emmanuel, has decamped north of the border to be an entry level associate at Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP.

http://www.agmlawyers.com/team-ktaylor.php

Acting before swearing out required oath is really bad.
Joanna Peck of Adam Leitman Bailey took action as Inspector of Election BEFORE taking oath not to cheat! - MORE
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Tongue twister legal mumbo jumbo ...

Lieing lawyer lies to lawyer who lies for lieing lawyer.

 Say that ten times fast. We dare you.
Did NYU Law School grad and former editor of the NYU Law Journal Joanna C. Peck of Adam Leitman Bailey PC really submit an oath that she had already acted fairly and impartially--- after acting as Inspector of Election instead of before as required by Law?

Kyle Taylor lied (see how here ) in Kings County Supreme Court  swearing to one thing in one affidavit and then to the opposite thing in a second affidavit.

Kyle Taylor and his consort, Rajeev Subramanyem  of American Express, violated co-op by-laws and lied to Joanna C. Peck of ADAM LEITMAN BAILEY, P.C. by leading Peck to believe that Kyle and Rajeev were members of the Board of Directors and that they had the right to engage Peck prior to an annual shareholders meeting.  The process they violated is outlined in Section 6 of the co-op by laws.

Joanna C. Peck, after being hired in violation of the by-laws (by being hired before the annual meeting by non-board members and aforementioned lieing attorney Kyle Taylor and his consort, Rajeev Subramanyem  of American Express (https://www.facebook.com/rajeev.subramanyam), swears that she showed her oath to Brett Wynkoop, the one required by New York Business Corporation Law § 610. Selection of inspectors at shareholders' meetings  where it is made blatantly clear that no inspector of elections can start until they file an oath :

"Each inspector, before entering upon the discharge of his duties, shall take and sign an oath faithfully to execute the duties of inspector at such meeting with strict impartiality and according to the best of his ability."

See what Peck did there? Peck showed an oath to Wynkoop at the meeting on May 16, 2014 as noted in her affidavt two days later on May 18, 2014:

2. On Friday, May 16, 2014, at approximately 1:00p.m., I attended the meeting of the shareholders of 622A Peresident Street Owners Corp.(the "Corporation") at 251 Fifth Avenue,Brooklyn, New York (the "Shareholder Meeting.").  

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10. Mr. Wynkoop continued his objection to my designation as inspector.  He also indicated that I did not have an oath to discharge my duties as an inspector as required under the BCL.

11. I indicated to Mr. Wynkoop that I did have such an oath and showed him a copy of the oath for his review.

 

Now, that becomes very interesting as Peck said that she produced a copy of the required oath on May 16, 2014.  But, wait a minute.  The affidavit contained an oath with this jabberwocky non-speak:

"...I have taken and signed an oath in which I acted fairly and impartially to perform my duties as Inspector of Election at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders held on the 16th day of May 2014, and honestly and truthfully report the results of said vote.

Wait... What?  Peck, who was required to file an oath before taking any actions, swears under penalty of perjury that she produced one at the hearing  but then submits an oath after the fact, after the May 16th "election" on the 18th, and that oath is not a promise, as required, to act fairly before the election, it is an oath that she already acted fairly.

Can't imagine that lieing is acting fairly.  Maybe Peck will produce her oath. Why did she not file the oath she claims she took before acting with the affidavit?

Weaselly words, folks, weaselly.

The only takeaway a reasonable person, be they judge, jury or street peddler, is that Peck lied in her affidavit and covered up that lie with a nonsensical after the fact oath stating, not that she would act impartially, but that she had already acted impartially.

What a steaming pile by Peck. 

Does her firm, ADAM LEITMAN BAILEY, P.C., condone this?

In fact, in a video stumping her firm, ADAM LEITMAN BAILEY, P.C., she bemoaned the fact that no one will ever pay attention to a poor little researchers legal gold nuggets:

"Nobody cares about what case you might know about, what little smoking gun you find in the documents." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYgFOXNmwtE

Joanna C. Peck complained that no one notices the unheralded researcher's little smoking gun you find in the documents.  Well, we noticed.

If this is the standard for being employed as a lawyer, it is a pretty low bar to pass (pun intended).

Sanctioned by Federal court for actions he now takes in state court.
This is what you would expect from a person who would sue a Developer who offered to give you your deposit back. - MORE
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Judges and Attorneys and Officers of the Court, OH MY!
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Who is the boot on the jugular of America?
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Just how many people has this judge screwed?
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