Law and Order
Leonard Grunstein, a prominent real estate attorney known for his work on the Stuyvesant Town Peter Cooper Village case, pleaded guilty to perjury in the third degree for testimony he gave in a legal battle for control over a portfolio of 170 nursing homes.
As part of the plea agreement, Mr. Grunstein, 61, a former Troutman Sanders attorney who later resigned from the New York State Bar, can never re-apply for re-admission, according to the Manhattan district attorney’s office.
After Hurricane Sandy, rent-stabilized tenants living in damaged buildings with diminished services were told—and believed—that they would be able to get rent reductions for the entire time they were without services.
The Rent Stabilization Code stipulates that reductions are given from the time the service is lost. But, as rent-stabilized residents at Peter Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town have discovered, they might only be eligible for reductions starting in March—a four-month discrepancy that could be worth thousands of dollars per tenant.
The tenants of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village have finally settled their class action suit, winning $68.7 million in damages that will be awarded to tenants who were overcharged on their rent between January 2003 and December 2011 as a result of illegal rent deregulation.
The settlement means an end to the lengthy Roberts v. Tishman Speyer legal battle. Tishman Speyer defaulted on its loans in 2010 and the property is now owned by CW Capital Asset Management LLC. The damages, to be paid by CWCapital (on behalf of the
bondholders’ trust) and former owner MetLife Inc, will be divided among 21,250 tenants in 4,300 units.
Hurricane Sandy turned Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village into hell in Manhattan for almost a week after the power went out. Sure, much of downtown was a disaster zone, to say nothing of the devastation in the outer boroughs, but Stuy Town had some particular, peculiar problems. Most notably, all the hallways are interior, with no windows, so it was impossible to get around. What’s worse, the locks on all the doors are electronic, so anyone could have been lurking in the darkness.
Fortunately, Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village have returned to a sense of normalcy now that the power is back, as the management has been detailing in a serious of lengthy email updates to residents. Unfortunately, one of the things tenants might have hoped Superstorm Sandy would have washed away is still coming: the ice rink.
The Stuy Town labyrinth has yielded yet another mystery
On Monday, The Real Deal reported that the long-fabled co-op conversion is on its way, based on a press release by Fitch Ratings.
But wait! The publication later clarified that this doesn’t mean the long-awaited conversion has commenced. In fact, it’s just more Read More
It seems the rule at Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village is that nobody wins, at least not for long.
Ever since Tishman Speyer bought the complex four years ago for the phenomenal price of $5.4 billion, there has been one fight after another: from the deregulation of apartments to the over-planting of the lawns, Read More
Yesterday, the senior lenders of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, the massive East Side rental complex, reached a deal with Bill Ackman and his investors to buy his mezzanine debt, thereby avoiding a whole tangle of legal and tax issues for whatever the debt holders now have planned for the complex–likely some sort Read More