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COMMISSIONERS OF THE SINKING FUND OF THE

CITY OF NEW YORK.

Proceedings of the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, at a Meeting Held in

Room 16, City Hall, at 11 o'Clock A. M., on Tuesday, August 15, 1916.

Present-Frank L. Dowling, Acting Mayor; Albert E. Hadlock, Deputy and Acting Comptroller; Milo R. Maltbie, Chamberlain, and Francis P. Kenney, Chairman Finance Committee, Board of Aldermen.

The Secretary being away on vacation, on motion of the Deputy Comptroller, Valentine F. Keller was elected Secretary pro tem.

The Minutes of the meeting held August 3, 1916, were approved as printed.

Municipal Civil Service Commission-Renewal of Lease for, of Premises at Nos.

54-60 Lafayette Street, Borough of Manhattan. This renewal was originally recommended by the Comptroller for approval at meeting held June 22, 1916. The Commissioner of Accounts opposed the renewal, and at each subsequent meeting at his request the matter was laid over for further investigation.

Commissioner Darwin R. James, of the Municipal Civil Service Commission, explained to the Board the reasons why the lease should be renewed. A representative of the Commissioner of Accounts was heard in opposition.

It being the opinion of the Board after hearing argument, that the lease should be renewed, the Deputy and Acting Comptroller again presented the following report and offered the following resolution:

June 8, 1916. To thc Honorable the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund:

Gentlemen-Commissioner Darwin R. James, Jr., of the Municipal Civil Service Commission, in a communication to your Board under date of May 15, 1916, requests a renewal of the lease of the eighth floor of the building 54-60 Lafayette Street, Borough of Manhattan, for use of the Municipal Civil Service Commission, for a period of one year from September 1, 1916, at an annual rental of $5,750.

The Comptroller in a communication to your Board under date of July 30, 1915, recommended a renewal of this lease for a period of one year from September 12, 1915, at a rental of $5,750 a year, the same as now asked, and said report was approved and renewal authorized at a meeting of your Board held July 30, 1915.

I therefore respect fully recommend, the rent being reasonable and just and the same as previously paid, that the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund adopt a resolution authorizing a renewal of the lease of the top or eighth floor of the Merchants' Association Building, 54-60 Lafayette Street, Borough of Manhattan, for use of the Municipal Civil Service Commission, for a period of one year from September 12, 1916, at an annual rental of $5,750, payable quarterly, the lessor to pay taxes and water rates, make all repairs and furnish heat, light, elevator and janitor service; otherwise upon the same terms and conditions as contained in the existing lease. Lessors, Civic Centre Company and Surety Realty Company. Respectfully,

ALEX. BROUGH, Deputy and Acting Comptroller. Resolved, That the Comptroller be and is hereby authorized and directed to execute a renewal of the lease to the City of the top or eighth floor of the Merchants' Association Building, 54-60 Lafayette Street, Borough of Manhattan, for use of the Municipal Civil Service Commission, for a period of one year from September 12, 1916, at an annual rental of fifty-seven hundred and fifty dollars ($5,750), payable quarterly; the lessor to pay taxes and water rates, make all repairs and fur. nish heat, light, elevator and janitor service; otherwise upon the same terms an conditions as contained in the existing lease; lessors, Civic Centre Company and Surety Realty Company; the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund deeming the said rent fair and reasonable and that it would be for the interests of the City that such lease be made.

The report was accepted and the resolution adopted, all the members preser: voting in the affirmative.

Amendment to Resolution Authorizing a Release to Louisa Loring of the City's

Interest in a Parcel of Land Forming Part of Bennett's Lane, in the Borough of Brooklyn, by Substituting as the Names of the Grantees, Antonio Coletti and Amalio Coletti.

The Deputy and Acting Comptroller presented the following report and offered the following resolution:

August 15, 1916. To the Honorable the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund:

Gentlemen-At a meeting of your Board held August 3, 1916, a resolution 3 adopted authorizing a release to Louisa Loring of the interests of The City of Ver York in a parcel of land forming part of the street formerly laid out and known as Bennetts Lane, Borough of Brooklyn, in consideration of the sum of $175, plus the additional charge of $12.50 for the preparation of the necessary papers and upon certis terms and conditions, as outlined in the report of the Comptroller.

Since the adoption of said resolution, Mrs. Loring has disposed of her property to Antonio and Amalio Coletti.

I therefore respectfully recommend that the above mentioned resolution be amended by substituting as the grantee the names of Antonio Coletti and Amalia Coletti in place of Louisa Loring. Respectfully,

ALBERT E. HADLOCK, Deputy and Acting Comptroller. Resolved, That the resolution adopted by this Board at meeting held August 1916, reading as follows:

"Whereas, Louisa Loring, in a petition addressed to the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, requests a release of the City's interest in a parcel of land forming part of the street formerly laid out and known as Bennetts Lane, Borough of Brooklyn, City of New York, and more particularly hereinafter described.

"Resolved, That the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund hereby determine that the land described as follows is not needed for any public use:

"All that certain lot, piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being in Betnetts Lane, so-called, in the Borough of Brooklyn, City of New York, bounded and described as follows:

"Beginning at a point in the easterly line of Bennetts Lane, distant 335 feet southerly at right angles from the southerly line of 86th Street; running thence southerly along the easterly line of Bennette Lane 40 feet 7/2 inches; runn: thence westerly at right angles to 16th Avenue 16 feet 6% inches to the centre line of Bennetts Lane; running thence northerly along the centre line of Ber. netts Lane 40 feet 734 inches; running thence easterly 16 feet 8 inches to the

easterly line of Bennetts Lane to the point or place of beginning. -and be it further

"Resolved, That, pursuant to the provisions of section 205 of the Greater, New York Charter, as amended, the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund hereby authorize a release to Louisa Loring of the interest of the City of New York and to the property hereinabove in this resolution bounded and described, 1 consideration of the sum of one hundred and seventy-five dollars ($175), plus the additional charge of twelve dollars and fifty cents ($12.50), for the prepara tion of the necessary papers. The release to contain the following terms and conditions:

"That the grantee waive any and all claim for damages arising out of ts: closing of the street or avenue.

"That the grantee is the owner of the land fronting on the section of the street or avenue to be conveyed." -be and the same is hereby amended by substituting as the grantees the names of Antonio Coletti and Amalio Coletti in place of Louisa Loring.

The report was accepted and the resolution adopted, all the members presets voting in the affirmative.

The Comptroller Authorized to Deliver to Robert D. West the Deed of certain

Lands in the Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau, State of New York.

The Deputy and Acting Comptroller presented the following report and offered the following resolution:

August 15, 1916. To the Honorable the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund:

Gentlemen-Pursuant to a resolution of the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund adopted June 23, 1915, and amended on July 15, 1915, a sale at public auction was held on July 16, 1915, of certain lands located in the Town of Hempstead, County of Nassau, State of New York, more particularly described in the above mentioned resolution.

These premises were bid in by Robert D. West for $42,500. The search has developed certain liens against the same, which will have to be paid by the City before Mr. West will take title. Inasmuch as there is no fund available to pay these liens, it is proposed to have Mr. West take title subject to whatever liens exist against the premises and deduct the amount of same from the consideration.

I therefore respect fully recommend that the Comptroller be directed to deliver to Robert D. West the deed of the premises above mentioned in consideration of the sum of $42,500, less the amount necessary for him to discharge whatever the Corporation Counsel certifies are liens against the same, Respectfully,

ALBERT E. HADLOCK, Deputy and Acting Comptroller. Whereas, In accordance with a resolution adopted by this Board at meeting held June 23, 1915, and amended on July 15, 1915, a sale at public auction was held on July 16, 1915, of certain lands located in the town of Hempstead, County of Nassau, State of New York, and more particularly described in the above mentioned resolution, and

Whereas, The premises were bid in by Robert D. West for $42,500; and

Whereas, The search has developed certain liens against the same, which will have to be paid by the City before Mr. West will take title, and inasmuch as there is no fund available to pay these liens, it is proposed to have Mr. West take title subject to whatever liens exist against the premises and deduct the amount of same from the consideration; therefore be it

Resolved, That the Comptroller be and is hereby authorized and directed to deliver to Robert D. West the deed of the premises above mentioned in consideration of the sum of $42,500, less the amount necessary for him to discharge whatever the Corporation Counsel certifies are liens against the same.

The report was accepted and the resolution adopted, all the members present voting in the affirmative.

Petition of The 135 Broadway Holding Corporation for a Release of the City's

Interest in Certain Premises Located within the Lines of Old Kings Highway, in the Borough of Brooklyn. The following petition was received:

In the matter of the petition of the 135 Broadway Holding Corporation
acquiring title to Kings Highway (now closed), in the Borough of

Brooklyn.
To the Commissioner of the Sinking Fund of The City of New York:

The petition of the 135 Broadway Holding Corporation, by Cyril H, Burdett, its President, respectfully shows:

First-That your petitioner is a domestic corporation with its principal office and place of business at No. 135 Broadway, Borough of Manhattan, City of New York.

SecondThat your petitioner is desirous of obtaining from The City of New York a release and grant of the premises described as follows, and which are colored red on the survey hereto annexed.

All that piece or parcel of land, lying, situate and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, City of New York, County of Kings and State of New York, which was formerly a part of the road known as Kings highway (now closed) bounded and described as follows:

Beginning at a point on the westerly side of Twenty-first Avenue, where the same is intersected by the southerly side of Kings highway, distant one hundred and fiftythree (153) feet four (4) inches, more or less, northerly from the corner formed by the intersection of the northerly side of Eightieth street and the westerly side of Twenty-first Avenue, running thence westerly along the southerly side of said Kings highway (now closed), to the northerly side of Eightieth Street; thence westerly along the northerly side of Eightieth Street, thirteen (13) feet, one and one-half (174) inches, more or less, to a point distant four hundred (400) feet westerly from

the corner formed by the intersection of the northerly side of Eightieth Street and the westerly side of Twenty-first avenue; thence northerly at right angles to Eightieth street, forty-eight (48) feet two and three-quarter (2 3-4) inches, more or less, to the northerly side of Kings highway (now closed), hence easterly along the northerly side of Kings Highway (now closed), to the westerly side of Twenty-first avenue; thence southerly along the westerly side of Twenty-first avenue to the point or place of beginning.

Together with all the right, title and interest of The City of New York to all that land lying in the bed of Kings highway (now closed), beween 79th and 80th streets and Twenty-first avenue and a line drawn parallel with Twenty-first avenue, distant four hundred (400) feet westerly from the westerly side of Twenty-first avenue.

That said premises contain approximately 18,752.45 square feet or 7 501-100 city lots (25x100).

Third-That your petitioner is the owner of the premises fronting on the afore said premises sought to be released and described as follows (being part of the premises described in the certified copy of the deed hereto annexed):

All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, bounded and described as follows:

Beginning at the corner formed by the intersection of the southerly side of Seventy-ninth street with the westerly side of Twenty-first avenue, as said street ad avenue are laid out on the Town Survey Commissioner's Map of Kings County; the ning thence westerly along said southerly side of Seventy-ninth street, four hundred (400) feet; thence southerly, parallel with Twenty-first avenue, two hundred (200) feet to the northerly side of Eightieth street; thence easterly along the northerty side of Eightieth street, four hundred (400) feet to the westerly side of Twenty-first avenue, and thence northerly along the westerly side of Twenty-first avenue tro hundred (200) feet to the point or place of beginning.

Together with all the right, title and interest of the said Lelia A. Smith and Helen M. Biscoe of, in and to the street and avenue in front of and adjoining said premises to the centre lines thereof respectively.

The above described premises include the portion of Kings highway first above described. . .

Fourth-That on the 21st day of July, 1891, Kings highway was duly closed between 18th avenue and 21st avenue (including the part involved herein), by order of the Commissioners of Highways of the town of New Utrecht.

Fifth-That the portion of Kings highway sought to be released herein, together with the premises adjoining owned by your petitioner, are within the square or plo: of ground bounded by 79th and 80th streets and 20th and 21st avenues. That said 20th avenue was duly legally opened in or about the year 1890 and the fee thereof is now vested in The City of New York. That an assessment for the opening of the same was duly levied upon and paid by the predecessors in title of the said lands of your petitioner. That said 20th and 21st avenues and 80th street are now physicaly opened and in public use. That said Kingshighway at the location in question is not now and has not been for a number of years in public use, but has been physically, obliterated by the present layout and use of said streets and avenues.

Sixth-That there are no buildings on the premises.

Seventh-Upon information and belief, that the fee title to the bed of the portion of Kings highway in question is now and has always been in your petitioner and its predecessors, in title, subject to the easement of the public, which easement has bece duly extinguished as aforesaid.

Eighth-Upon information and belief, that the interest of the City in the premises sought to be released is nominal.:.

Wherefore your petitioner requests that all the right, title and interest of The City of New York in and to the portion of Kings highway herein described be released and granted unto it, in accordance with the statute in such cases made and provided.

Dated New York, February 9, 1916.

135 BROADWAY HOLDING CORPORATION, by CYRIL H. BURDETT, Presi dent, Petitioner. State of New York, County of New York, City of New York, ss. :

Cyril H. Burdett, being duly sworn, says that he is the President and an officer of the 135 Broadway Holding Corporation, the petitioner in the above entitled proceedings; that he has read the foregoing petition and knows the contents thercos: that the same is true of his own knowledge except as to those matters therein stated to be alleged on information and belief, and that as to those matters, he believes it to

be true;. that the reason why said petition is not verified by the petitioner is that petitioner is a domestic corporation ; that deponent has derived his knowledge of the facts above set forth from employees, agents, officers and records of said petitioner, and from information acquired by him in the performance of his duties as President, as aforesaid.

CYRIL H. BURDETT. Sworn to before me this 9th day of February, 1916. WM H. ZANTZINGER, Notary Public, New York Co., No. 5; New York Co. Register's No. 7014.

In connection therewith the Deputy and Acting Comptroller presented the following report and offered the following resolution:

August 15, 1916. To the Honorable the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund:

Gentlemen-I am in receipt of a petition to the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund from The 135 Broadway Holding Corporation, requesting a release of the City's interest in certain premises located within the lines of old Kings Highway, in Block 6275, Section 19, Borough of Brooklyn.

The interest of the City in these premises has been appraised by the Division of Real Estate of this Department at $2,000, which amount the petitioner has agreed to pay.

I therefore respectfully recommend that the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund authorize a release to The 135 Broadway Holding Corporation, of the interest of the City in and to the following described premises :

All that piece or parcel of land lying, situate and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, City of New York, County of Kings and State of New York, which was formerly a part of the road known as Kings Highway (now closed)' bounded and described as follows:

Beginning at a point on the westerly side of 21st Avenue, where the same is intersected by the southerly side of Kings Highway, distant 153 feet 4 inches, more or less, northerly from the corner formed by the intersection of the northerly side of 80th Street and the westerly side of 21st Avenue; running thence westerly along the southerly side of said Kings Highway (now closed) to the northerly .side of 80th Street; thence westerly along the northerly side of 80th Street 13 feet 17/2 inches, more or less, to a point distant 400 feet westerly from the corner formed by the intersection of the northerly side of 80th Street and the westerly side of 21st Avenue; thence northerly at right angles to 80th Street 48 feet 234 inches, more or less, to the northerly side of Kings Highway (now closed); thence easterly along the northerly side of Kings Highway (now closed) to the westerly side of 21st Avenue; thence southerly along the westerly

side of 21st Avenue to the point or place of beginning. -in consideration of the sum of $2,000, plus an additional charge of $12.50 for the preparation of the necessary papers, the release to contain the following terms and conditions:

That the grantees waive any and all claim for damages arising out of the closing of the street or avenue.

That the grantees are the owners of the land fronting on the section of the street or avenue to be conveyed.

The deed not to be delivered until the grantees have paid whatever taxes and assessments are liens against the premises to be conveyed. Respectfully,

ALBERT E, HADLOCK, Deputy and Acting Comptroller. Whereas. The 135 Broadway Holding Corporation, in a petition addressed to the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund, requests a release of the City's interest in certain premises located within the lines of Old Kings Highway, in Block 6275, Section 19, Borough of Brooklyn.

Resolved, That the Commissioners of the Sinking Fund hereby determine that the land described as follows is not needed for any public use:

All that piece or parcel of land lying, situate and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, City of New York, County of Kings and State of New York, which was formerly a part of the road known as Kings Highway (now closed) bounded and described as follows:

Beginning at a point on the westerly side of 21st avenue, where the same is intersected by the southerly side of Kings Highwav, distant 153 feet 4 inches, more or less, northerly from the corner formed by the intersection of the northerly side of 80th Street and the westerlv side of 21st avenue; running thence westerly along the southerly side of said Kings Highway (now closed) to the northerly side of 80th Street; thence westerly along the northerly side of 80th Street 13 feet 172 inches, more or less, to a point distant 400 feet westerly from the corner formed by the intersection of the northerly side of 80th Street and the

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