Volume 79, Number 4 | July 1 - 7, 2009
West and East Village, Chelsea, Soho, Noho, Little Italy, Chinatown and Lower East Side, Since 1933

Photo by Ed Lederman

Judge opens the door to citizenship for his doorman

Porters and doormen do a lot for the residents in their buildings, so when residents can return the favor, they do. Last month, Frederic Block, a federal judge in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York who lives at 111 Barrow St., presided at the naturalization ceremony of his co-op’s night doorman, Ibrahim Ardic — along with 250 other people also seeking U.S. citizenship — at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse. Ibrahim’s father, Mustapha Ardic, heads the Barrow St. building’s maintenance staff and was naturalized in 2002. The Ardics are from Turkey. As a senior federal judge, Block wasn’t required to preside at the ceremony, but did so in honor of the Ardics. “It’s a happy event for the family, and they’re very well-liked at the co-op,” Block said. “It was heart-warming.” Block said each year about 50,000 people become U.S. citizens at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse. In top photo, Block is at left, Ibrahim is in the middle with his hand raised and his father, Mustapha, is to the right of him. Below, from left, in Judge Block’s chambers, Kathleen Faccini, 111 Barrow St. co-op president; Gene Pudberry, New York State legal aid lawyer; Ibrahim Ardic; Judge Block; Ed Lederman, 111 Barrow St. resident; and Mustapha Ardic.

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