Breaking Camp

Historic Bungalows Face The Bulldozer

DiScala's applications to build are under review at the state environmental agency, and he awaits approval from various city offices. And DiScala has not formally closed the deal to buy the land. But he is running full-page, four-color ads in The Staten Island Advance claiming that Central Park East is 60 percent sold.

DiScala himself is a man of many hats. While he chairs the boards of 11 companies, state tax officials say DiScala owes $7275.87 in personal income taxes. He filed for bankruptcy in 1992; that case was closed in 1995. His businesses include a wetlands consulting firm, an outfit called Richmond Magazine, and Hell's Kitchen Casting Corp. "In the next few years, we're gonna make movies," says DiScala, whose family lived in Hell's Kitchen 40 years ago.

Another DiScala firm is a publishing company called Boys in Blue Productions. Has it published anything? "No, not yet," says DiScala, seemingly forgetting its 1997 adventure, New York's Sixth Family, a screed by former transit cop union head Ron Reale, who was convicted of conspiracy, racketeering, witness tampering, and wire fraud. In the book, Reale depicts Mayor Rudy Giuliani and his administration as an- other version of the city's five crime families.

Camp residents are making a last-ditch effort to landmark several cottages Dorothy Day was associated with, and perhaps a whole row of bungalows approaching the water. Shoehorning the shacks among the mansions would be a testament to the history not only of the camp, but of Staten Island, which, as Corbo rightly notes, is not exactly a vacation destination anymore. "The houses they want to put in are going to be real big," says Corbo. "They're going to be a statement."

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