8 APRIL 11, 2019 RIDGEWOOD TIMES WWW.QNS.COM
Weekend rally over R’wood landlord Harrowing
BY MARK HALLUM
Andy Ralph had been on
a tireless search for his
brother, James, for four
days when it fi nally drew to an
end on Tuesday morning.
James was found at a nearby
hospital in critical condition aft er
taking a fall outside P.S. 88. Two
teachers on lunch break found the
Ridgewood man and called 911, but
without identifi cation of any kind,
proper family notifi cation was not
Ralph was circulating the area
hospitals when he spoke to the
Ridgewood Times on Monday
describing the circumstances of
his brother’s disappearance on
April 5. Ralph said that James may
have stepped out to move his car
and never came back.
James left his phone and wallet
in his Catalpa Avenue apartment
shared with his girlfriend. While
his keys were gone, the car was
in the same place with a parking
“The doctors are doing
everything they can. I think he’s
in good hands, I just have to visit
him everyday so he knows he’s
with family,” Ralph said aft er his
brother was located.
According to Ralph, his brother
was transferred to multiple
hospitals before being sent to the
location where he is today. Ralph
had visited that hospital three
times in one day during in his
search to no avail.
The hospital had listed the
unidentified Ridgewood man
as “Unknown Anchor” after a
matching anchor tattoo he and
his brother share.
Ralph had reached out to
the public for help with any
information on his brother’s
whereabouts with fl iers. It was
this support that helped locate his
brother when a teacher from P.S.
88 reached out to him, he said.
Ralph still does not know the
circumstances of his brother’s
The teacher recognized James
Ralph by his description of
Birkenstocks sandals, sweats and
a jacket. He was also recognized
by his beard and long hair.
Police told the Ridgewood Times
that Ralph had no prior mental
BY MARK HALLUM
Long after partners with
Silvershore Properties made
the 100 “Worst Landlords List”
from the city Public Advocate’s offi ce,
Ridgewood renters are planning an
April 13 march against the company
and demanding rent control.
The Ridgewood Tenants Union
claims that people living in the
property 1708 Summerfield St.
experience poor conditions in
apartments and failure to consistently
provide heat and hot water.
“Silvershore Properties has
long preyed on tenants at 1708
Summerfi eld St. and now operates
several buildings in Ridgewood,” the
organization said in a statement. “In ’17
they were #1 Worst Landlord in NYC.
In Ridgewood, they are still our #1 and
we are organizing to say no more to
their predatory ways.”
They allege that the situation is
similar at 61-20 Madison St. – where
the rally is scheduled to start at 10
a.m. – and complaints to the city
Department of Housing Preservation
and Development back this claim.
Ken Fisher, an attorney representing
Silvershore, denied that the buildings’
decrepit state was solely the company’s
fault. Silverstone acquired the
property in that condition, he said,
and is now working to address issues
through third party management.
“It’s no surprise that old buildings
neglected for years would have
problems, but there’s simply no
Ridgewood tenants will again rally this weekend against Silverstone
Properties, a local landlord that they say has a “predatory” history.
basis that this is part of a deliberate
eff ort to drive tenants out,” Fisher
said. “Ridgewood is obviously a
neighborhood in transition and I
think people are trying to connect
some dots with Silvershore that are
not cause and aff ect.”
Fisher said the company was only
named to the 100 Worst Landlords
List because of the high number of
complaints from the previous owners.
He pointed out that they did not make
the 2018 list.
According to Fisher, over 100
violations were cleared the week of
the report and Saturday’s rally is only
part of a continued “pile-on” two years
after then-Public Advocate Letitia
James released the list.
Ariel Property Advisors, retained by
Silvershore to sell the Madison Street
building, stated that it “off ers stable
cashfl ow with a great opportunity to
add value to the rental income.”
Fisher claimed that any eff ort to
raise profi ts from the units, as pitched
by Ariel, would be a grievance to
take up with any future owner of the
According to HPD, the Madison
Street property already has 16
complaints from 2019 alone and well
over 30 from 2018. The most common
complaints referred to a lack of heat
and hot water, usually eff ecting the
In 2019, there are 65 complaints in
regarding the Summerfield Street
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BY ROBERT POZARYCKI
The Ridgewood man accused of
fatally stabbing his daughterin
law during a dispute at
their home last week now faces
murder charges, police announced
Dahe Lin, 76, is accused of
violently attacking Wen Ying He,
50, on March 28 inside their Suydam
Street home. He, who suffered
multiple stab wounds to her neck,
died three days aft er the attack.
Lin had been arrested at the scene
following the March 28 attack and
charged with attempted murder, but
that charge was upgraded to murder
on April 2.
“This is one of the most unusual
and horrible cases of domestic
violence,” Chief Assistant District
Attorney John Ryan said on April
5. “The defendant is accused of
viciously attacking his daughterin
law in an unprovoked and
unexpected outburst of violence.”
Police said that Lin allegedly
attacked He at about 8:30 a.m. on
March 28. Offi cers from the 104th
Precinct responded to a 911 call about
the assault in progress and were met
by a pedestrian, who directed them
to the rear of the victim’s home.
Upon arriving there, the offi cers
allegedly observed Lin on top of
He and restrained him. He was
unconscious at that point, covered
in blood and unconscious, with
numerous lacerations to her neck.
According to sources familiar
with the investigation, Lin allegedly
choked his daughter-in-law before
attacking her with the knife. It’s not
clear, at this point, what provoked
the violent assault.
The offi cers provided immediate
care to He before paramedics
arrived on scene to take her to
Wyckoff Heights Medical Center,
where she died on March 31.
Police recovered a knife allegedly
used in the deadly assault at the
Lin was arraigned on April 5 on
charges of second-degree murder
and criminal possession of a weapon.
He was ordered held without bail
and to return to court on May 7. If
convicted, he could spend up to 25
years to life behind bars.
R’wood man booked for slaying daughter-in-law