340 Court Street #1: Big Ironic Rat Edition
If only Anthony "Tough Tony" Anastasio were around to have seen the big inflatable rat outside the former International Longshoreman's Association Building on Court Street yesterday that once bore his name. (Mr. Anastasio, who died of natural causes in 1963 and kept his position with the ILA even after his brother Albert Anastasio was killed, ruled the Brooklyn docks and the Longshoreman's union with an iron fist.)
We have said many times that the 340 Court Street project is going to be fodder for many blog posts this year, but we didn't anticipate the delicious irony of a big blow up rat protesting the use of non-union labor at a building named in honor of a mob-related union boss (that's him in the photo above on the right). Seriously.
The photos here came to us from our Special Carroll Gardens-Cobble Hill Correspondent, who captured images of both the rat and the flier that union members were handing out. Remember that asbestos removal that we mentioned last week? Well, it's ongoing, and it turns out that its being done by a non-union contractor. Hence the rat and the flier below. Demolition of the building is slated to start around January 28 (no permits have been issued yet) and we are certain that process is not going to be uneventful, if only because many of the neighbors are less than cheerful about the development that is about to get underway. The most recent complaint to DOB was Wednesday, for asbestos being removed from the building at 12:15 AM. The project has already logged eight complaints.