Murdered Satmar scumlord Menachem "Max" Stark and his Brother-in-law Abraham Bernat made the lives of tenants of their now-condemned 120 South Fourth Street "luxury" property in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn a living hell – and that's before the city had to rush in and forcibly vacate the building, which is apparently so unstable it could collapse at any minute.
Above: Menachem "Max" Stark
The building was new construction and was due to be finished in only several weeks, Satmar scumlord Menachem "Max" Stark and his associates told potential renters who plopped down thousands of dollars to lease apartments only to find when they moved in that those apartments had no interior walls, no heat, no gas, and no appliances. The roof leaked. A bedroom had no window. Contractors were in and out of the $6,000 apartment for months and the story wasn't much different anywhere else in the 20-unit building.
And then, Stark was murdered, allegedly by one of the very many people he owed money and had screwed.
The building's day-to-day management was taken over by Stark's brother-in-law Abraham Bernat. But things got no better.
Some of the tenants withheld rent, and Bernat or his agent – apparently illegally – entered their apartment and left legal papers for a lawsuit against them.
That's what life was like in 120 South Fourth Street last year.
And then, just before Thanksgiving this year, New York City vacated the entire building, apparently because it is in danger of immediate collapse, was not built to code, and apparently fraudulently obtained its now revoked certificate of occupancy.
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