We’re gonna rock down to a greedy avenue

Apparently it is not wise to cross the President of the Borough of Staten Island:

A state Supreme Court judge has granted permission for Staten Island Borough President James Oddo to bestow unflattering street names spelling out greed and deceit on a private development he fought on the former Mt. Manresa site.

In a decision issued Thursday, Judge Philip Minardo ruled Oddo has the authority to pick street names of his choosing, despite a complaint from the developer, Savo Brothers, that the three he chose — Cupidity Drive, Fourberie Lane and Avidity Place — are “derogatory,” according to court papers.

Oddo didn’t like any of the nine names suggested by Savo, either, especially Timber Lane:

In December, DNAinfo quoted Oddo as having written on his Facebook page, “That’s right, ‘Timber’ Lane, as in the word of warning that is popularly known to be yelled out to warn folks that a tree is being cut down.”

The Mount Manresa property, home of a Jesuit retreat house dating to 1911, was sold by the Society of Jesus to Savo Brothers for $15 million in 2013.



  1. Roy »

    13 February 2016 · 6:48 pm

    Assuming the facts of the story are true, there is indeed greed and averice, but it’s on the other side. Did borough president James Oddo expect the Jesuits to give the property away for free? If he objected to the development that much, why didn’t he buy the property himself?

  2. CGHill »

    13 February 2016 · 7:02 pm

    There had been several presumably grassroots efforts to forestall the development; I’m thinking he expected one of them to prevail, and when none did — well, you’ve seen the results.

  3. Joseph Hertzlinger »

    13 February 2016 · 11:26 pm

    I’m sure Objectivists will want to move to Cupidity Drive or Avidity Place.

  4. McGehee »

    14 February 2016 · 10:46 am

    Some casual passersby may be unaware that in New York the “supreme” court is low on the judicial hierarchy, which means Savo Brothers may appeal this Supreme Court — perhaps to the Suiperior Court.

  5. Chuck »

    14 February 2016 · 9:54 pm

    I’m sorry, the names mentioned barely move my curiosity meter. If he wanted to be offensive there are much worse names he could have used.

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