Friday, March 12, 2010

What we learned about the owner of new EV pizzeria PJ Hanley's yesterday in the Post and Daily News

Jeremiah has an update today on PJ Hanley's, the new pizza place opening on First Avenue between St. Mark's and Seventh Street... Meanwhile, in case you missed this story in the tabloids yesterday... according to reports, PJ Hanley’s owner James McGown has been accused of renting out his TriBeCa condo for "extreme parties." Reports the Post:

A Brooklyn pizza man transformed his basement TriBeCa condo into a cheesy "extreme party" spot, complete with a stripper pole and a 15-foot slide onto a sunken dance floor, court papers charge.

In a bid to avoid possible legal liability for the bacchanalian bashes, the owner, James McGown, transferred the deed for the apartment to his 6-year-old daughter, his disgusted neighbors claim in papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.

The real-estate developer and restaurateur -- he owns South Brooklyn Pizza and PJ Hanley's bar in Carroll Gardens -- bought the basement unit on Reade Street in 2006.

He then allegedly stopped paying condo fees and mortgage payments, and improperly leased the space to a man named Dimitri Dimoulakis.

The filing seeks to stop the revelry and show the door both to McGown and Dimoulakis.

McGown claimed the parties are legal, he's been holding them for 10 years "and there's never been a problem."
Daily News has a story too.

[Image via Grub Street.]

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