Queens councilman tours 'nightmare' condo lobby
A house of horrors is how one local politician is describing a controversial Sunnyside condominium building. NY1's Clodagh McGowan has this follow up.
NY1 first reported Monday about the unusual goings-on at this 47-unit Sunnyside condominium...from the Uncle Sams outside to pictures of Hitler and others inside.
After the story aired we took City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer to see it for himself.
"The lobby and entryway to this building is like a nightmare. It's like a horror film," Van Bramer said.
Tenants say the decorations are the work of Neal Milano, who heads the condo board and is listed as property manager. Residents say he harasses them with absurd fines and posts notices containing wild allegations and intimate details of their lives.
An attorney who represents the condo board, including Milano tells NY1, "The murals are historical in nature, and they include historical figures, including patriotic figures. They are a lesson in history."
The Councilman doesn't see it that way.
"Tributes to Nazis, tributes to the Confederacy and racist images, in addition to all of the images of guns...this a deeply disturbing lobby," Van Bramer added.
Van Bramer noticed some unusual names in the building directory: Rappers Suge Knight and Snoop Dogg, former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara, who is not a resident, and long-dead Nazis Rudolf Hess and Josef Mengele.
"I don't know what kind of twisted mind, would put this in this building's directory. It is shocking. I have never seen anything so fueled with hate, so intended to frighten," Van Bramer said.
Milano's attorney said,"Mr. Milano is out of the country, I am confident the offensive names have been planted there by the same person or persons who also plastered the phony posters."
That is a reference to bogus fliers posted in the neighborhood. The NYPD says they did not print the fliers and that Milano is "not" a sex offender.
Van Bramer says he won't stand for the messages inside of this building's lobby. He has already reached out to multiple agencies and the Mayor's Office, in order to strip what he calls messages of hate.