As President, he is thought to be largely responsible for the figurine clocks, swing clocks and other unusual and desirable novelties for which the Ansonia firm became known.
Thomas Edison visited the factory in 1878 to experiment combining clocks with his newly developed phonograph. By 1879, a second factory is opened in Brooklyn, New York and by June 1880 employs 360 workers, while the Connecticut factory continues producing clocks as well with a work force of 100 men and 25 women. The company rebuilt the factory on the same site, and reopened the expanded factory in 1881, with capacity to exceed that of the Connecticut factory - which closed completely in 1883.
“The Ansonia reminded me of a French wedding cake, and ever since I graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and moved to the West 70s, I always wanted to live there,” says Lee Brian Schrager, vice president of corporate communications for Southern Wine & Spirits — and the mastermind behind the upcoming New York City Food Network Wine & Food Festival (Oct. “So when my partner and I got evicted from our fabulous illegal sublet at the Apthorp seven years ago, I said that the Ansonia was the only other place I’d consider living.” Even though they spend only about one week per month in New York, and the rest in Miami, the couple was fixated on living in the Ansonia.
But sourcing an unoccupied apartment in the storied residence wasn’t quite that simple.
Ansonia Clocks were made by a clock manufacturing business which started in Ansonia, Connecticut, in 1851 and which moved to Brooklyn, New York, in 1878.
But there was a listing for a ‘classic building on the Upper West Side,’ so I contacted the person,” he recalls.
Osborne was the namesake for Osbornedale Farms, now a State Park, and led a number of factories in Ansonia, Derby, Shelton, and Bridgeport.
He was the founder of Derby Neck Library, and the father of Frances Kellogg.
Hayden Asset had three foreclosure actions total against the mayor and his companies. The foreclosure actions alleged Birm-1 had stopped paying mortgages dating back to 2002 connected to Cassetti properties on Riverside Drive and Beaver Street.
Cassetti’s Riverside Drive mortgages were originally with Naugatuck Valley Savings & Loan, but were purchased by Hayden Asset in 2013.
But many things still have to fall in place to make the development a reality, including a land swap involving property owned by the mayor that was foreclosed on last year.