From the NY Times:
In Astoria, there has been talk of getting the city to buy the mansion. Peter Vallone Jr., the City Council member from the neighborhood, whose grandfather played pinochle with Michael Halberian when they were young, said proudly that the city’s parks commissioner, Adrian Benepe, had paid a visit last fall.
Don’t count on a deal with the city. One requirement is an organization that could run it as a public museum or cultural center. Another is money. “Currently the city does not have the funding for and is not pursuing the acquisition of this property,” a parks department spokeswoman, Vickie Karp, said.
Mr. Vallone is not giving up.
“I’ve reached out to the mayor’s office and asked for good dates in the near future,” he said. “He has to see it. Anyone who walks in falls in love with the place.”