If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be Lenny Dykstra’s neighbor, wonder no more. According to Dykstra’s neighbors in Linden, New Jersey, it’s not fun.
Dykstra, former centerfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets, owns a home in Linden. According ABC7 in New York, his neighbors say he’s been destroying the neighborhood and turning it into a “a den of drugs and prostitution.” ABC7 reported that up to 10 people have lived in Dykstra’s home at once, and it’s now being used as a boarding house. It’s not clear if Dykstra himself has also been residing there.
Neighbors and longtime residents of the Linden neighborhood have been calling police over disturbances at the house as well as “transient neighbors.” 10th Ward City Councilwoman Gretchen Hickey has also been calling the police about Dykstra’s boarding home, and gave ABC7 a litany of reasons why.
“The traffic here, the overdoses, the cars being towed, someone throwing yellow liquid out the second-floor window, the trash.”
Mayor Derek Armstead told ABC7 that rooming houses are not allowed in Linden, and “If he’s not in compliance with the current ordinances that are on the books, we will take him to task.” However, Hickey said that this has happened with Dykstra before, and now it’s happening again.
“After he was told to move everybody out, and he was fined, the next week, he also put again on social media advertising rooms for $1,000 a month,” she said.
This is just Dykstra’s latest legal woe. In 2018 he was accused of kidnapping and threatening to kill his Uber driver. When he was arrested, police found meth and cocaine in his duffel bag. He was charged with drug possession and making terroristic threats, and pled not guilty in October. Neither Dykstra or his lawyer have responded to these new accusations.
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