Widow kicked out of home, African art collection in jeopardy, as city orders demo of Bed-Stuy building

The building owner won a temporary reprieve after Gothamist began making inquiries.

Nov 17, 2022 - 12:00
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Widow kicked out of home, African art collection in
jeopardy, as city orders demo of Bed-Stuy building
In a dark room, a flashlight illuminates an African mask that hangs on a wall.

Gary Purdy, holding a flashlight, observes the a mask that hangs at the shuttered Simmons Collection African Arts Museum in Bed-Stuy. The museum was founded, and directed by Stanfield Simmons Jr., until his death in 2010. Now, his widow, Barbara Wentt-Simmons is trying to stave off of the destruction of the building that houses both the museum, and her home.

The building owner won a temporary reprieve after Gothamist began making inquiries. [ more › ]

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