The famous co-op Tribeca claims it cannot get a loan for the necessary roof repairs. However, the real problem starts on the first floor of the building.
There, at 160 Chambers Street, hangs a series of loans above a mall where a beauty salon invites clients to freshen up their image.
But the block’s debt of nearly six million dollars is far from fresh, according to the building’s owner, who has gone to court to have the loans canceled.
“These mortgages and financial statements are currently burdening the building,” the cooperative said in a statement last week, despite a court order that the tenant’s lease had expired long ago.
This tenant – notorious criminal lawyer Lawrence Omansky – was unable to renew the lease in a timely manner after its expiration in 2008 and became invalid according to a 2017 ruling.
The Omani, who still resides in the building, gave himself a 25-year “lover’s lease at a constant, well below market rent” when he sponsored the co-op transformation in 1982, according to the building’s complaint.
Omani was the last in public Look defending the man who pushed topless women in Times Square. More than a decade ago, a lawyer reportedly tied up his business partner and gagged him, leaving him to die under the floorboards of his duplex in a building. Prosecutors fallen Kidnapping charges brought against Oman in 2003 amid questions about the alleged victim’s veracity.
The lenders didn’t mind much.
A year after that grizzly incidentThe Omani received a loan of one million dollars, pledging the commercial area of the building as collateral. He raised another $ 4.8 million in 2008 when he used his wife’s company name as a borrower for business and property records and hospitality advertisements.
Omansky then allegedly stopped paying general fees in 2009, frustrated that no elevator was installed in the building, after which they unsuccessfully tried to evict him from the building for non-payment.
The cooperative’s attorney declined to comment. Omani has not been named as a party to the lawsuit and did not respond to a request for comment. His creditors seem branch a private lending arm of CenterSquare; and a private corporation registered in the Bahamas. CenterSquare did not immediately send a request for comment. The Bahamian corporation could not be contacted.
It is possible that Omanski’s loan money was invested in the purchase of at least two condominium apartments for his wife’s hotel at 49 Warren Street in Tribeca, although at least one apartment appears to have been sold in 2019 by more than $ 3 million.