From The New York Shitty Inbox: The 3/4 House at 66 Clay Street To Close?

A person we’ll call “E” writes (in an email entitled “Halfway House Rumors”):

Hi Heather! A neighbor told me, that one of the halfway house residents told him, that the place is closing in 2 weeks. Have you heard anything about this?

As it would happen I bumped into a friend of mine, Philip, (as seen at left) today and he told me the very same thing! Mind you, he did not look as dapper as he does in this photo. Rather, he had his left arm in a sling after having it broken by a resident of said three quarter house. He told me that life at the “Hotel” is the worst he has ever experienced. When one takes into consideration that Philip has resided at 1109 Manhattan Avenue on and off again for a number of years this is really saying something. Among other things he told me today:

1. He recently had to throw out all his clothing and bedding due to an ongoing (and I’m surmising: untreated) bedbug infestation.

2. There has basically been an ongoing “war” between Hotel residents and those of the three quarter house for some time.

That’s all I know, gentle readers. If you have anything to add please do so via comments or email at missheather (at) thatgreenpointblog (dot) com. Your identity will remain anonymous if you so desire.


Miss Heather

P.S.: On a related note I have also received a rather fascinating comment (regarding this post) from someone claiming to have once worked at the Greenpoint Hotel recently:

I was a former employee of Jay Deutchman at Greenpoint Hotel. I was hired in June ’11 as Fire Safety Director. It is the absolute worst building I have ever worked in. It is a danger to its residents and the community. The Fire Alarm system is not connected to a central station, as the phone lines are out. There are no sprinkler heads. There are no “smoke heads”(smoke detectors wired directly to the alarm panel, which are supposed to sent a signal to the central station). 100 men share 4 bathrooms, the stench of human feces is unbearable. It is loaded with lice, vermin, rodents. The first week I was there, I was paid. The second week, I was not. I quit soon after, and am still owed two weeks pay by Jay Deutchman. Contrary to his statements in his interview with you, he does not have 8 “safety directors”, he had at most three when I was there, myself being one. I have been a licensed Fire Safety Director for 18 years, and this is the worst firetrap I have ever seen. This is a disaster waiting to happen.




3 Comments on From The New York Shitty Inbox: The 3/4 House at 66 Clay Street To Close?

  1. SpillConspirator on Fri, 5th Aug 2011 7:56 pm
  2. While waiting for the bus, my husband & I had a conversation with one of the residents of the halfway house. He was talking about the place closing as well. However, he stated that he’s not worried because “McGuiness is opening soon”. He added, “they’re working on it now”. He talked about how the guys “have numbers on the waiting list”.

  3. missheather on Fri, 5th Aug 2011 9:35 pm
  4. Interesting— but also confusing. The facility at 400 McGuinness is supposed to be an assessment center. In other words: men are taken in at an intake center and then sent to an assessment center. If there is in fact a “waiting list” 400 McGuinness this would suggest this is going to be something other than an assessment center. Perhaps someone should email Muzzy Rosenblatt and ask him what gives?

  5. SpillConspirator on Fri, 5th Aug 2011 10:32 pm
  6. I agree.

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