A CHECKERED PAST

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  It was October 31, 1929, and the genteel residents of Lefferts Manor were still reeling from a stock market truncheon blow that had knocked the nation into a financial coma just a week earlier. A panicked selloff over the preceding months climaxed on October 24, when Wall Street plunged 13-percent. The grisly spectacle came to be dubbed “Black Friday.” While not yet apparent at the time, the Great Depression had been set into motion. The reverberations no doubt shook the foundations of Lefferts Manor, an exclusive Flatbush enclave comprised of architectural marvels, and inhabited by the cream of the