Baron of Beatrice Inn Branches Out

“I’m not going to lie to you—who’s living upstairs is key,” said Mr. Abramcyk, who recently made headlines when he took the unprecedented step of suing his upstairs neighbor, identified in court papers as Victoria Hillstron, over her alleged harassment of employees at Smith & Mills.

Lots of operators have issues with neighbors these days, but his is perhaps the most extreme example. Besides repeatedly calling police and various regulators, “falsely claiming violations,” according to the complaint, Ms. Hillstron allegedly smashed glasses, screamed at customers and once chased his partner, Mr. Elstein, into the bar’s basement. She has also bombarded news outlets with e-mails, making all sorts of allegations about the bar and Mr. Abramcyk in particular.

“There are loons everywhere in this city, but she happens to be No. 1,” said Mr. Solish of Down By The Hipster. “I have several e-mails she sent me ranting and raving about Smith & Mills that I would be happy to share.”

It’s an issue that the usually chatty Mr. Abramcyk likes to downplay as much as possible. “She feeds off this,” he said. “I don’t know what the solution is. I just want her to stop harassing us.”

Ms. Hillstron has yet to formally respond to the complaint, and Mr. Abramcyk’s attorney, David Jaroslawicz, is seeking a default judgement to have her evicted. A hearing is scheduled this week.

“But she left these lunatic messages on my machine, threatening me with the Bar Association, and that she’s going to see [Manhattan D.A. Robert] Morgenthau, and she’s going to see Indiana Jones, and everything else that she can think of,” the lawyer said. “And she tells people she’s Bruce Ratner’s sister. I mean, you can’t make this stuff up.”

“They made it up!” countered Ms. Hillstron, in a phone call to The Observer on Monday. “They flat-out made it up.

“They’re fruit loops,” she said, laughing. “But, darling, none of it happened! It isn’t true. Not Bruce’s sister. None of it. No broken bottles. No screaming, ‘Get out!’ I introduced them to all of our neighbors. We had a very lovely relationship. I was down there partying with them.”


  1. Jjmiller says:

    Chris, I think you have your facts confused. Smith and Mills is 199 square feet according to the FDNY’s records. 71 N Moore is next door to us. This space was a garage to park cars. Why would anyone pretend a smelling garage with a door that cranked open you could hear all the way up a street was for horses? There are partial vacate orders at Smith and Mills. The CO isn’t valid. FDNY said Smith and Mills will be left with 6 seats to sort this out for Ivy’s Bistro since they stole 34 seats from the Ivy’s CO, falsely claimed the buildings were vacant, and are on their neighbors 2nd fire exit. That’s Carlos and Victoria’s house. No one knows what these guys are even doing there.

  2. J J says:

    Are you sure this wasnt all over an accident with the Greenwich Hotel? The lawsuit saud she delayed the Greenwich Hotel and made false dob claims. This was over an accident with the Greenwich Hotel, The scaffolding just went up  to repair the damage. I am pretty sure the building was evacuated.