Yesterday, construction crews officially began the demolition of the neighboring Bay Ridge crack houses.
Both properties were sold at auction last year and the new owner is tearing them down.
In an odd twist of fate, the new owner listed on the DOB permits is Anthony Terrone. It’s a surname that should sound familiar to local residents in that it is the same surname as the previous owners, who were the three Terrone brothers who lost ownership of the properties when their unlawful ways caught up with them.
While we are going to miss the appeal of the two old wooden houses that bridged back to generations prior, we are happy to see them go thanks to the drug distribution and crazies that were associated with them — every now and then we still see someone whacked out of their mind and banging outside trying to get in for a score, despite that fact that police shut down the drug operation years ago.
Having said all of this, we are still left scratching our heads at three major items regarding this whole sordid mess:
- The three Terrone brothers appear to have already been released from jail, despite facing 25 years to life with RICO charges. Not only has one of them been spotted in the neighborhood by numerous people recently, but a search of the State’s Inmate Look Up System shows that none of them exist in the State’s system with the 2008 charges — despite all three of them being listed for the 2008 offenses as recently as April 2010. Two of the three bothers no longer show up in the system at all and only one of them is still listed in the system, except the records only show his time served during the 1980s.
- Last summer the State’s online database showed that all three Terrone brothers were locked up, yet we will swear up and down that we saw one of the brothers last summer double parked across from these properties. Having known of them for years, we recognized the voice, turned and saw him sitting in a car as he spoke to two women who were standing outside of the vehicle. The older woman was laughing at him and even made a joke at his expense in regards to how fat he looked in his mug shot that was all over the news.
- The drug distribution went on at these properties for well over a decade without police breaking them up. We knew of it being a place to score since the mid 1990s. The neighbors didn’t make a stink about the drug issue until the mid 2000s and even then it took years (upwards of three) for the NYPD to make the arrests.