The Brooklyn Lyceum
a once and future theatre, coffee shop, gym and sometimes public square
(if Brooklyn procedural due process has any meaning whatsoever)
Brooklyn Lyceum needs PROCEDURAL DUE PROCESS ASSIST:
(You only get the rights you fight for)
Read! --- Think! --- Act! --- Appear!
help usher the
arc of Brooklyn justice towards procedural due process
via inevitable unwinding
of the illegal foreclosure sale of the Brooklyn Lyceum
as Court of Appeals confirms
throwing Greystone from frying pan (abandoned case)
into the fire (lack of un-waived procedural due process):
& EARN STAKE
in programming the Brooklyn Lyceum 2.0
How can we help
"make it so?"
read a few documents
note lack (or presence) of something in a docket
look at simple case law
sign affidavit/jurat
send us a case citation
appear at a hearing or event (if you ever have the time)!
BROOKLYN LYCEUM RISES FROM PROCEDURAL DUE PROCESS ASHES?
TL/DR:
(old saying)
Never enough time (for the courts) to do it (foreclosure) right,
always enough time (for the courts) to do it (foreclosure) over.
TL/DR:
(Brooklyn literary reference)
Joseph Heller (author of Catch-22) ... would be proud
of the double edged judicial sword
that cuts through jurisdiction no matter which side of the legal finding coin the court chooses ...
A WEE BIT MORE INFO:
the Brooklyn Lyceum needs a little help from our friends --the court didn't do what it was required to do (dismiss case as abandoned).
--the appellate court avoided correcting the lower court by finding that:
------October 17 comes AFTER October 26, and,
------because of that the Appellant moved to late
------the Appellant had an attorney who had appeared by the time the motion was filed/served.
------the decision they cared about was not the one appealed from but the Judgement of Foreclosure and Sale.

HELP US UNWIND THE JUDGEMENT OF FORECLOSURE AND SALE!
cuz ... attorney never served facially, fatally defective notice to appear a decade before date of notice! ...
(lets do the TimeWarp Again!)
EITHER:
No Lyceum attorney appearance
case statutorily abandoned
Lyceum Foreclosure sale illegal
OR:
Lyceum attorney appearance
unwaived violations of procedural due process
(atty not served notices, notice to appear a decade in the past)
Lyceum Foreclosure sale illegal
ONE SENTENCE CLIFF NOTE:
Appellate Court (Reinaldo Rivera) thrusts failure to serve notice of motion to appear a decade in the past on Brooklyn Lyceum attorney into the forefront of Brooklyn Lyceum case when he, Rivera, found 17 > 26 & Brooklyn Lyceum had attorney (an atty the now suspended from the practice of law Plaintiff atty withheld from the court).
CAN YOU GIVE US A CAR ANALOGY?:
NO. But I can give a fish market analogy. --Hand the wrapped fish back to the fish monger because the sell by date is two weeks ago he goes into a back room, comes back out & hands you the same package with a new sell by date on it ...
You have __NOT__ lost the right to see if the previously expired fish is bad!!
--That is, in sum and substance, the current Brooklyn Lyceum problem. Brooklyn Lyceum alleged case abandoned (expired), Appellate Court does some back room surgery on the record & comes back w/a case that is rotten to the core.
MEH, WHY DOES THAT MATTER?:
Power of the court MUST be invoked
by proper procedure
else decisions the court makes
never attain any authority, even if perceived to have authority for decades.
see United States v. Lee, 106 U.S. 196 (1882)- USA had to rebuy Arlington National Cemetery a decade after it became a cemetery for lack of proper service.
Only proper service of the complaint
invokes the power of the court.
As a motion is a mini-case
improper or lack of service of the notice of motion on the parties
or facial insufficiency of the notice of motion fail to invoke the power of the court.
OK, WHAT ARE THE GOTCHAS?:
Participation, on the merits, in motion w/o raising lack of procedural due process
can waive lack of procedural due process.
Defendant forwarding papers inappropriately served on Defendant to Defendant atty.
can waive lack of procedural due process.
Attorney appearing at oral argument w/out arguing lack of procedural due process
can waive lack of procedural due process.
Attorney serving opposition papers w/out arguing lack of procedural due process
can waive lack of procedural due process.
Passage of time, even decades
cannot waive lack of procedural due process.
Facially, fatally defective notice of motion
cannot invoke the power of the court.
HOW DOES THIS APPLY TO THE LYCEUM?:
The Appellate Court and Court of Appeals both refused to address the case as presented to the court by the Plaintiff on October 26, 2009, ...
going as far as making up a fact (October 17, 2012 comes after October 26, 2012)
to avoid one procedural due process trap
That trap was, if the court limits itself to that record,
the case was abandoned by the time the Plaintiff to the required first action in a case where the Defendant fad not appeared. (Oct 2009).
The Appellate Court and Court of Appeals both snuck in a little gem that can only be interpreted as ....
The Appellant had an atty who appeared (in ye ole common law way).
The Appellate Court and Court of Appeals finding of "within a year of failing to serve an answer" is a very dodgy way of saying
You appeared, but failed to subsequently answer.
The Appellate Court and Court of Appeals artfully failed to do the math or point to the facts about appearance
Which would show that the only way to an unabandoned case by way of getting to appearing and not answering would be to go outside the record and use proof of communication with Appellant Attorney the Plaintiff withheld from the court.
That artful avoidance of procedural due process (by way of making up a fact and hiding an necessary atty appearance)
just opened a pandora's box of other, later procedural due process issues.
In just the motion that allowed for the sale of the collateral, the Brooklyn Lyceum
--the Plaintiff withheld from the court that there was a Defendant attorney,
--that Defendant attorney was never served
the Notice of Motion for a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale and
-- the entities that were noticed, were noticed to appear a decade in the past, and
--the unserved notice failed to specify the statute that allowed for a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale.
THE LYCEUM WAS SOLD AT AUCTION, WHY RAISE THIS NOW?:
The auction terms announced were
the sale was subject to the pending (ongoing) litigation
The pending litigation at the time of the sale of the collateral, aka the Brooklyn Lyceum, was
an appeal arguing that the case, based on the record made available to the court by the Plaintiff at the time of the 1st motion in the case (October, 2009), was, pursuant to CPLR 3215c ... abandoned precluding entry of ANY judgment by the court and mandating its dismissal as abandoned.
Judge Donald Scott Kurtz broke the law
by ruling on the motion.
Kurtz broke the law again
by going outside the record to support initial breaking of law when challenged on his initial breaking the law.
Kurtz even went further by finding that
since defendant moved () after the decison was entered () ...
the against the law decision became valid.
Thusly an appeal was pending
at the time of the auction (10/23/14) and subsequent sale (1/20/15)
APPEAL PENDING AT TIME OF AUCTION AND SALE. WHAT HAPPENED?:
Oral argument occurred, finally, almost 2 years after the appeals were ready to be calendared ...
on September 6, 2018.
At that oral argument
Appellant raised jurisdictional questions that come into play if the case is not deemed abandoned
Specifically noted as jurisdictional to the court:
--failure to serve Lyceum atty any notices of motion and, the kicker,
--the unserved on Lyceum atty Notice of Motion for Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale dated March 2011... instructed all to appear a decade earlier in April 2001 ....
Lyceum was hopeful when, in response to these issues (and one more about the ridiculousness of the decision the appealed decision was premised upon), the lead Appellate judge (Reinaldo Rivera) said
--The 2nd Department has an excellent reputation.
--We will get to the bottom of it.
THE ABJECT APPELLATE DECISION
The decison went against all hope to the extent ...
that the Appellate Court
was either shockingly lazy or wanted to put a fork in the Lyceum to benefit a developer
the Appellate Court
made up a fact (October 17 comes after October 26)
the Appellate Court
went outside the record (again, illegally) to necessarily retroactively insert an appearance of counsel into the record some 11 years earlier thereby invoking the lack of juridiction appelant raised at oral argument.
Suffice it to say we were dumfounded as
the court retroactivly altered the docket without doing exactly what it did in a case some two weeks prior to oral argument, reset another case back to the point of retroactively altering the docket to preserve the due process rights of a defendant.
We were flabbergasted
by the unequal treatment of under the law and the fabication of a fact in order to avoid ruling on the record available to the court at the time of the first motion in the case (October 26, 2009)
We were double flabbergasted that
the decision, clearly based on other grounds than the lower court, was not labelled with the magic words ..."affirmed, on different grounds".
PRESERVING LYCEUM RIGHTS
We made motion to reargue the fake fact and the alteration of the docket or for leave to appeal to the Court of Appeals.
it was denied by the finders of fake fact
(trust us, 17 is not greater than 26)
We made a motion to the Court of Appeals for leave to appeal to the Court of Appeals.
It was denied.
We appealed to the Court of Appeals as of right we thought.
Mid-pandmic the Court of Appeals (Janet DiFiore) found the time to dismiss the appeal as not a final determination absent the pre-requisite analysis of whether the lower appellate court had jurisdiction as highlighted extensively in pre-appeal statement of the issues.
FRYING PAN INTO THE FIRE
We had our own battle with covid in March and April with the covid fog lingering, sadly, even until now..
As the fog lifts, with help from Spock,
we try to understand the apparently stacked deck against the Brooklyn Lyceum.
In the end it became clear that the abundantly wrong decision against the Brooklyn Lyceum actually
made another issue shockingly clear in that it was irrelevant before the abject appellate decision, but front and center post abject appellate decision.
so we can run with that decision as
"the law of the case" whilst we fight the appellate court decision.
When, before,
there was a nuanced law (abandonement) that would have reset the clock back to no case at all ...
we now have
a straightforward set of procedural due process violations a 5th grader could see
these issues, at a minimum ... reset the case back to
March, 2011, almost 4 years prior to the sale of the Brooklyn Lyceum.
For starters:
failure to serve Lyceum atty the notice of Motion for a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale
That notice was in and of itself
facially and fatally flawed for a couple of reasons:
First it notices
People to appear a decade in the past, to a time before when the complaint even existed.
Second, it fails
the requirement that the notice state the statute under which all are being noticed provides for the relief requested (judgment of foreclosure and sale)
These are simple issues are akin to ...
shooting fish in a barrel -or-
like drawing to an inside royal flush!
WHAT IS NEXT?

  • We are starting to prepare
    a motion to vacate the foreclosure sale
    of the Brooklyn Lyceum and
    vacate the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale
    that allowed for the foreclosure sale.

WHAT DOES THE BROOKLYN LYCEUM NEED?
---- We need case law ----
Send us some! From any jurisdiction around these core issues:
failure to serve atty
notice to appear in the past,
failure to state in notice the statute allowing the court to grant the requested relief
waiver of procedural due process
---- We need eyeballs and brainstems, yum! ----
walk with us thru some of our docket to see what any 5th grader should be able to see
---- We need affidavits (well jurats which are a special affidavit) ----
swearing to what you have seen and to your belief in the applicability of laws to the facts!
---- We need bodies ----
as witnesses and disseminators of information when covid become essentially a non-threat
WHAT DO WE GET IN RETURN?
Well, a warm fuzzy feeling is not enough. So ...
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