Bath Beach

This ‘eyesore’ at 8658 16th Ave. was a city Health Department building

Eye On Real Estate: Brooklyn's Ugliest Buildings

March 12, 2014 By Lore Croghan Brooklyn Daily Eagle
This Health Department building has been left to rot. Eagle photo by Rob Abruzzese
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If you squint at this former city Department of Health property, you can imagine it was a respectable building, useful to the neighborhood – before it was left to rot.

The retaining wall out front looks like it could cave in at any minute. The dirt in what was a front garden has shriveled Halloween pumpkins in it. The locks are rusting on security screens over broken windows. Bags of garbage are strewn out front.

“It’s an eyesore,” said nearby resident Angelo Mazzarino, adding his wife’s mother took her to the building when she was a kid to get her shots. “It’s been that way forever.”

The city sold the Bath Beach property to Lyudmila Mirnik for $750,000 at an auction, city records indicate. The deal closed in 2004.

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Mirnik got city Buildings Department approval in 2005 to alter the cellar for parking and add a new basement, first, second and third floors to create six apartments. No work has been done, though.

“It is a shame – making complaints to the city does absolutely nothing,” Mazzarino said. “The city should knock it down.”

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