Secret Mansion it was a do-it-yourself space in the borough of Kensington in Brooklyn where, for about two years, they had shows and parties like a burst of the 2017 Mardi Gras which featured "3 floors of partying, with DJs, live music, hurricane punches, hula hoop dancers, heated balcony, fire pit on the courtyard, free-play pinball, body painting and beads, BEADS Beads! "They also performed bands. As you can see in the picture above, there were guitars hanging as decorations.
According to an article on Windsor Terrace Patch by Kathleen Culliton, Secret Mansion was managed by Robin French (who is in a band called South Second, whose biography includes a bit of an earlier do-it-yourself space that Robin ran to her house called "Brooklyn & # 39; s Backyard"). Robin had tenants living in the basement of the house working for space in exchange for a reduced rent. (patch also points out that the Frenchman was conducting an Airbnb operation with more "pods" out of space and called the tenants "contract servants".) Some of these tenants have filed a complaint against the French for expelling them illegally and harassing them.
All of this came to a head on 12 September when one of those tenants, a 21-year-old university student, Kay Quesada, was allegedly kicked out of space because, among other things, he refused to do the dishes. The Frenchman called 911 saying that Quesada was armed with a knife and refused to leave. From patch Article:
The Frenchman said he believed Quesada was a threat to itself, so at 8:50 in the afternoon, 10 NYPD cars and two ambulances came out of the Secret Palace, according to the police and Henry, who had collected a small group of protesters outside.
"This is not a psychotic episode," Henry said, he told the cops. "Nobody is wielding any knife." There was violence towards her at home. "
The police passed him and entered the house. A few minutes later, they came back with Quesada.
Quesada had tried to explain that her landlord was trying to evict her and asked the police to watch surveillance videos she thought could prove she had never touched a knife.
But she said emergency responders were cynical and the French refused to share the video. Eventually he gave up and left the secret palace with the police.
Josh Einhorn, who owned the building until it was closed in June, said he had not been aware that it would be used as a home until he returned from Las Vegas in the fall of 2017 to make the required repairs:
Einhorn was surprised to discover the Frenchman and his girlfriend had built a roof terrace, a soundproofed recording studio, a bar at the back and installed bunk beds in the house, said the owner of the building at Patch.
"This building I rented to two people who was using it as an army barracks," Einhorn said. "I said," You're doing an operation. "I do not fix anything."
An exasperated Einhorn returned to Las Vegas, hoping that the French would do as he asked and get rid of the bunk beds. He kept the idea that the French had everything under control.
It is not clear when Secret Mansion stopped doing shows, but second patchthere have been reports and inspectors from the New York Department of Buildings captured by the parties in the spring.
The news started out the other day but it was the anti-gentrification activists who first became aware of the eviction and decided to do something about it. From a post on a Facebook page titled "BEFORE YOU WANT // TAKE IT BACK" that is associated with the Equality for Flatbush group:
E4F plans to organize a legal and community campaign against Robin French and the New York Police Department. We are asking the community to:
Tweet @Airbnb and say PERMANENTLY BAN! PEAnti-Black Racist Gentrifier #RobinFrench RMANENTLY CLOSE MOTEL to 846McDonaldAvenue! NO PROFIT FOR THE RACISTS!
Call French Gentrifier Robin French and let him know that calling the police on a black woman to evict it illegally was a BIG ERROR! Tell him that his SACRIST BEHAVIOR BEHAVIOR WILL NOT BE TOLERATED TO BROOKLYN:
The entire Facebook post is HERE.
There's so much more in this story than you can read patch, and you can watch a Channel 11 newscast from September 21 on it, and watch some videos on Instagram and Facebook filmed at Secret Mansion, below.
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