Thanks to Rob Langton for putting me up on this story via the New York Times about an old-timer from the neighborhood.
Windsor Terrace, long an Irish-American stronghold, is a blue-collar, gentrifying and diversifying neighborhood between Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery, with low crime, an old bar (77-year-old Farrell’s Bar and Grill) and an even older church (132-year-old Holy Name of Jesus). Mr. Maloney is harder to define.
He is an Army veteran and a retired Teamster. As a teenager, he was a member of a Brooklyn street gang called the Jokers. In his golden years, he plays Santa Claus for children in group homes and raises money every year so the neighborhood and the Knights of Columbus can serve hundreds of free Thanksgiving meals. His primary objective, besides staying active with the Knights of Columbus, is to spoil his five grandchildren.