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Tuesday
Aug132013

First Street's South Brooklyn Pizza Posessed by City Marshal

The location near the corner of 7th Avenue and First Street of South Brooklyn Pizza, the pricey mini-chain of slice joints, was posessed last Wednesday by the City Marshal, and has yet to re-open. The landlord now has legal posession of the premises, and as opposed to the infamous yellow DOH closure sticker, this won't be so easy to remedy; odds are that rent hasn't been paid in quite some time, and the odds of it ever re-opening are probably quite slim.

The is the latest in a string of mismanaged businesses by owner and infamous area landlord James McGown; his reputation is so terrible that he was recently profiled in Crain's with the headline, "James McGown Buys, Bankrupts, and Bruises." In the piece, it's revealed that in the past 5 years he's faced $50,000 in fines for buildings he owns that are in disrepair, and has filed bankruptcy after bankruptcy, with nearly $15 million in unpaid debts.

McGown also owns Brooklyn Buschenschank in Carroll Gardens and the Cherry Tree bar on 4th Avenue (which filed for bankruptcy 4 years after he bought it but is still open); he bought Brooklyn's oldest bar, P.J. Hanley's, in 2005, and that closed earlier this year after it went bankrupt. It's since re-opened as a new bar called Goldenrod.

In August of last year, South Brooklyn Pizza filed for bankruptcy as well, but also remains (mostly) open. There are still several locations in the city, including one on 4th Avenue that's attached to Cherry Tree.

Many thanks to reader Erica for sending in the photo.

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That's too bad. That was one tasty pricey slice of pizza. On the right day, it tasted like something that someone who talked to a friend who watched a YouTube video of Dom DeMarco pizza would make.

I hope it re-opens, as it will now probably be even tastier because it will feel subversive to have their pizza, like dating a chick from the South Slope and taking her back to your brownstone. Of course, I don't do that anymore, as it sets a bad example for L'il SLOPE WARZ (btw.....I agree with you all. Bring back Southpaw. At least there weren't waiting lists for every damn thing there), but I can live vicariously through.....none of you on here.

August 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSLOPE WARZ

Theres way too many good pizza places in PS and surrounding neighborhoods to lament this one.

August 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJbob

Actually South Brooklyn Pizza is one of the best around, for slices it was THE best.

I hope they come back too, although the owner sounds like a bit of a sleeze.

Nothing could be worse than the Berman realty crew though, talk about sleezy. They've kept that YOGO monster space empty for 2 years with no tenant in sight. How about lowering the rent so you don't continue to blight the neighborhood?

And what's it going to take to get something into that Amin turned Chiles and Chocolate space right next door? That one is Nic Kotsonis I believe. Unbelievable how these landlords keep the neighborhood hostage with so many vacancies. I hear he's asking $14,000 a MONTH for that space!

August 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRick

Meh, they were too pricey anyway. I'll take Cotta Benne for delivery, and Pino's still makes the best Sicillian pie around.

That said, these would be great fun to play with if I were named Marshal.

August 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFelton

Huge fan of Tomato & Basil, but I did feel that this particular location of South Brooklyn was worth the price and was MUCH better than the 4th Ave. location.

Several years ago, there was a place named Oscar's where Amin/Rose of India is now. Guy behind the counter used to work at Roma previously. That was one hell of a slice. Loved that place.

August 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTed Nelson

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