Managers of a historic metropolis cemetery say it’s being overrun by the junkyard dogs subsequent door.
Established in 1852, St. Michael’s Cemetery in Queens is likely one of the oldest cemeteries within the metropolis and the ultimate resting place of composer Scott Joplin and boxing nice Emile Griffith.
The East Elmhurst graveyard can also be the setting for a vicious authorized battle with adjoining junkyard proprietor Tom Tiseo, who allegedly permits his Rottweilers to roam the 88 acres of sacred floor and menace mourners.
For years, the unidentified junk yard, designated solely as “ABC Corporation” in courtroom papers, “engaged in a pattern of systematic harassment, encroachment and trespass upon the personnel, property … and visitors of St. Michael’s,” the Queens Supreme Court submitting says.
In the late Nineties, the junkyard “permitted a hole” to languish in a partition between the “24-37 [49th Street] and St. Michael’s properties,” the grievance says.
The scrap yard’s dogs would enter St. Michael’s by way of the damaged fence, “terrorizing patrons and staff at the cemetery and disrupting funerary services,” the grievance says.
St. Michael’s requested Tiseo restore the damaged fence or restrain the dogs, however Tiseo did neither, the go well with says. St. Michael’s Cemetery even supplied to restore the fence at its personal expense, however was ignored, the go well with alleges.
St. Michael’s “had no choice” however to construct a buffer fence by itself property “to ensure the safety and sanctity of the cemetery,” the go well with says.
“Thereafter, Tiseo began aggressively encroaching upon the St. Michael’s property. Tiseo began storing and piling debris, bulldozing and building make-shift structures on St. Michael’s property,” the go well with says.
“Despite complaints, which Tiseo ignored, Tiseo systematically began usurping greater swaths of St. Michael’s property, ignoring complaints and taunting St. Michael’s representatives to ‘sue’ him,” courtroom papers say.
Tiseo obtained his want when St. Michael’s filed go well with Sept. 30.
The grievance expenses that Tiseo is making an attempt an unlawful land seize between his damaged fence and the St. Michael’s buffer fence. Attorneys for the cemetery obtained a courtroom order this week to halt any exercise pending a courtroom listening to subsequent month.
St. Michael’s — a still-active cemetery owned by St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Manhattan — is asking the courtroom to find out the right boundary line between the 2 properties and has submitted land surveys. The church needs a decide to order the junk yard to clear the land it’s encroaching on and have Tiseo cowl the prices. The go well with additionally seeks unspecified damages.
“The buffer fence our clients installed was meant to keep the dogs [away] … It wasn’t a concession of property, or the functional equivalent of a demilitarized zone,” cemetery lawyer Greg Nahas advised The Post.