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Oh, sister!

The nuns who just recently sold the sprawling Angel Guardian home in Dyker Heights to an unknown developer apparently sent over a cleanup crew to haul away three dumpsters worth of unopened toys from the former orphanage just three days before Christmas, according to the office of Councilman Vincent Gentile (D—Bay Ridge) and a source at the Narrows Senior Center.

Gentile was on the scene for a Christmas party at the center — which operates out of the part of the building — around midday on Dec. 22 when he claims to have spotted the crew filling up the dumpsters, according to his spokesman. Gentile moved to salvage whatever toys he could by reaching out to local organizations to see who could pick up the toys, his spokesman said, and some of the seniors on hand even dove to grab the brand-new gifts that were strewn all over the street to give to their grandchildren for Christmas, the source at the center said.

The Sisters of Mercy’s move to trash the toys in the midst of the holiday season was heartless, Gentile said.

“In this season of giving, with dozens of toy drives taking place across the city, to see an entity like the Sisters of Mercy — or, should I say, the ‘Sisters of No Mercy’ — throwing out unopened children’s toys is an inexplicable disgrace,” he said.

Gentile arranged to send the toys he saved to the local Guild for Exceptional Children’s preschool in Dyker Heights, a spokeswoman at the Guild confirmed. The preschool caters to kids with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Gentile also said through a spokesman that the Sisters should ensure that the mystery developer it chose “should honor the community’s calls for affordable housing and-or a school on the property, as to do this in the cloak of secrecy is not a way to deal with the community in good faith.”

The Sisters of Mercy did not respond to a request for comment by press time.

Reach reporter Julianne McShane at (718) 260–2523 or by e-mail at jmcshane@cnglocal.com. Follow her on Twitter @juliannemcshane.
Updated 3:01 pm, December 26, 2017: Context added.
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Jerry McCaffery from Dyker Heights says:
The Sisters of Mercy had nothing to do with disposing of those items from Angel Guardian Home. MercyFirst had occupied those buildings and was working to clear them out now that it has been sold. We were able to have many organizations accept used furniture and others to accept old toys that were there. The dumpsters were mostly filled with items, not just toys, that we could not find anyone to take or were not worth taking. If there is anything heartless, it is Councilman Gentile wrongly accusing the Sisters of Mercy about something they had nothing to do with. Merry Christmas Councilman!

Jerry McCaffery
CEO, MercyFirst
Dec. 23, 2017, 4:03 pm
Pauline Castagna from Directly across from the building. says:
Please save the AGH. It's been so n the community for over 100 years. We are here since 1949 wouldn't want to see the structure torn down. Plus we don't need any rats coming into our homes.
Thank you.
Dec. 24, 2017, 5:21 am
MH Brooklyn from Brooklyn says:
Mr. Gentile should maybe check his remarks before making them public. To the best of my knowledge the Sisters of Mercy have not been physically on that property for many years. The article also states it was a "cleanup crew" and I do not think there were any Nuns in that crew. Mr Gentile should be very careful about who he tries to label as heartless. I am also sure, as Mr McCaffrey says, that there was much more in those
dumpsters besides toys. Mr. Gentile should apologize publicly for his gross error. Let's see how long it takes for that to happen
Dec. 27, 2017, 12:15 pm

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