During the depths of the Great Recession, Angelo Biondo, owner of K-9 Powerhouse Kennel in Park Slope, was doing great business. Mr. Biondo rented out his guard dogs to developers who needed someone—or some animal—to watch over their stalled sites, but couldn’t afford a full-time human guard.
He told The Observer in 2009 that he charged $1,750 to $2,000 a month for the service—a steal compared to what a guard of the primate species would cost. “Brooklyn is the No. 1 area,” he said at the time, though neighbors near stalled sites guarded by Mr. Biondo’s dogs were not always so pleased—two dogs at a Robert Scarano site once escaped and bit a neighbor and his dog.
The market has since rebounded—there aren’t many stalled sites left to guard—but when the next crash inevitably arrives, Mr. Biondo won’t be around to rent out Great Danes and Rottweilers to unlucky builders.
“Police are investivating whether 58-year-old Agenlo Biondo of Prince’s Bay,” reported the Staten Island Advance, “is the man who leaped from the Verrazano at 12:30 a.m. Friday.” Police on Staten Island found Mr. Biondo’s identification in his Cadillac Escalade, parked on the Brooklyn-bound lanes of the lower level of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
Mr. Biondo, who lived on Ormsby Avenue in Prince’s Bay on Staten Island, is survived by his 2-year-old bulldog Marble, his landlord the Advance.