Monday, October 30, 2017

Paul Manafort, A Carroll Gardens Brownstone, And A Little Neighborhood Blog

377 Union Street, Paul Manafort's Carroll Gardens Investment in September 2017.
Part on the Indictement against Paul Manafort 

On this day, I am glued to the news just like all of you, I can imagine.
Back in early 2017, I ran a little post entitled "Washington Lobbyist And Trump Advisor Paul Manafort Owns Brownstone In Carroll Gardens."
It focused on the veteran Republican strategist and Donald Trump's former presidential campaign manager's investment property at 377 Union Street. What began as a blog story of a neglected brownstone that irked neighbors led to a look at ownership and public records related to finances.
What Pardon Me For Asking uncovered in February 2017 was that Manafort had taken out mortgages way beyond the value of the property, which raised some interesting questions.
The press got a hold of the story, dug deeper, and now 377 Union Street and its shady financing is included in today's indictment of Manafort.

Don't they say that all news is local?  I still would love to know who directed Paul Manafort to Carroll Gardens? What was it about our neighborhood that made him want to invest in Carroll Gardens. How many other New York City properties have been used to launder money?
We live in interesting times, don't we?

A huge 'Thank You' to all of you who have been reaching out all morning to acknowledge Pardon Me For Asking's tiny part in this story.


Anonymous said...


Congratulations on breaking this important story. Dont know if there is a Pulitzer Prize for local blogs, but you certainly deserve it!

I hope you get the credit that you are due!

Anonymous said...

I've told at least a dozen co-workers this morning about this little neighborhood blog where I read about the comings and goings on in Carroll Gardens. Other than the on-going Gowanus Canal issues, usually you report on hyper local issues (a new store, a lost cat...) which can only be interesting to those of us who live in the neighborhood.

And then I tell them you broke the Manaforte story.

Great work and congratulations.

Anonymous said...

Yes Katia WHO led Paul Manafort here? Such an interesting question!
And WHO led Kushner here?
(to the Gowanus)?
Another very interesting question!
I have my secret suspicions do you?
Hint: I have learned to think beyond partisanship.
Congratulations on your breaking story Katia and THANK YOU for all you do for this community. What a prize you are!

Andrew Porter said...

I remember your post, and forwarded the link at the time to Brownstoner, and to several other interested news people and blogs.

So, its all your fault! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Were you interviewed by the FBI or provide any assistance to the prosecutors?


Katia said...

In response to your question, no, I was never contacted by the FBI nor the prosecutors.

Katia said...

Not all my fault, but a tiny bit, I guess. Thanks for helping to spread the original story.

Anonymous said...

And the New Yorker too?

Someone had been busy waking up the neighbors with trucks and weekend work on the house. A motion detector alarm that goes off at 2am
Screeching for hours.

Some hustle to finish the renovations but who owns it now?

Katia said...

Currently, it still belongs to him, but probably not for much longer as he has to forfeit it.

Anonymous said...

From what I read there was speculation of recent work/activity on the building to try to make it look less like money laundering ----attempt to make seem that construction loan was for actual construction.
If goes into some sort of forfeiture ----going to be many more years before someone really owns it.

Mary said...

Excellent work, Katia. A second career as a financial crimes investigator, perhaps?


Howard Allen said...

Check out my October 5 photos on Instagram for views of the very nice new windows recently installed on our neighbor Paulie's extension to the rear of his house.

Anonymous said...

See something say something takes on a new meaning

Anonymous said...

I remember reading your story a long time ago when it was linked on another blog. It remained in the back of my mind through all of the twists and turns in this saga. I recall people giving you grief for digging up info on a "private citizen" back then.

I say, Excellent job!

Katia said...

Thank you so much.

Anonymous said...

Katia I love this. You are such an amazing asset to Carroll Gardens. I really think we need to give you a community prize and party somehow....THANK YOU for all you do!

Anonymous said...

Kata, congratulations you are a top story in the Daily Beast Blog today it’s nice that your getting the credit you deserve....J & E

Anonymous said...

Thank you for being a valued Neighbor and Citizen. It is very true when they say if you see something that doesn't look right say something and that is what your Blog has done. Keep the good work going for America!! You are paying it Forward.

Anonymous said...

Katia, great reporting!
(Witholding name due to fear of being rounded-up when the purges begin.)

Katia said...

Haha, let me just say here now, that if i am found floating in the Gowanus Canal, i did not jump in voluntarily.