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Carroll Gardens brownstone conversion project moves forward; prices will start at $1.2M

January 09, 2013 11:30AM

From left: 364 Union Street and Jody Kriss of East River Partners

A brownstone conversion project at 364 Union Street in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, is forging ahead, Brownstoner reported. The East River Partners-developed project has launched a website and according to Brownstoner, sales will launch this spring. However, the development’s website says the properties will open this winter. As The Real Deal reported, construction on this project launched this past year. The development will include five condominium units — four of which are three-bedrooms and the fifth is a garden duplex. Prices will range from $1.2 to $1.6 million.

East River Partners is buying up and renovating non-rent regulated multi-family properties in both Carroll Gardens and Park Slope. Since spring 2011, the firm has acquired three multi-family buildings and will convert them all into condos, as The Real Deal reported. [Brownstoner]Zachary Kussin

  • handsinmypockets

    Carroll Gardens just keeps getting better and better, an it still has some of that old Brooklyn charm left. Thanks Jody!

    • XQ21

      Jody Kris has done nothing good for Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, New York City, or the USA…

      • Andres

        So can
        someone clarify this entire situation for me? I read all of the comments and
        I’ve been following along with Jody Kriss’ lawsuit issues and his propensity
        for being a habitual litigator, but I don’t know how much of it is
        believable. Thanks.

      • Andres

        So can
        someone clarify this entire situation for me? I read all of the comments and
        I’ve been following along with Jody Kriss’ lawsuit issues and his propensity
        for being a habitual litigator, but I don’t know how much of it is
        believable. Thanks.

        • XQ21

          Absolutely.
          From what I can gather from the New York Post article
          (http://nypost.com/2014/03/16/mob-rat-says-business-partner-tried-to-nail-him-over-2-5m-suit/),
          Kriss was involved in some mobster tactics and strange stuff involving a guy
          named Salvatore Lauria, a mob informant with a police tracking anklet that
          Kriss would bug him about constantly.

          • Andres

            I’m not
            following. What does this have to do with the billion-dollar lawsuit and the
            $20 million blogger lawsuit he’s trying to get pushed forward?

          • XQ21

            You can
            read the court document from the billion-dollar lawsuit here:
            http://jodykriss.net/. Kriss was involved with Bayrock. Interestingly enough,
            look at one of the names of the Group IV defendants.

          • Andres

            Wait,
            this “billion-dollar lawsuit” included Donald Trump as a defendant?
            Why? Was it something involving the Trump SoHo project that Bayrock had?

          • XQ21

            I’m not
            completely sure, but the lawsuit was thrown out, obviously. So then this
            Lauria fellow counter-sues Kriss for $5 million in emotional damages.

          • Andres

            Was that
            case thrown out of court as well along with the $1 billion suit against the
            entirety of New York City? Or did something actually come of it?

          • XQ21

            It was
            recently filed (last month). This link has a lot of information about the
            suit and why it happened in the first place:
            http://commercialobserver.com/2014/03/former-bayrock-consultant-files-5m-suit-over-development-deal/

          • Andres

            Wait, so
            was Kriss involved in the $85 million deal with the FL Group that made Lauria
            the $2.5 million commission, or did he just do a small task and feel that he
            was entitled to some of it?

          • XQ21

            Whatever
            the case was, Kriss decided to take the mobster route and hire someone to
            beat the crap out of him in a restaurant and threaten to kill him. I’d assume
            he did some of the work and thought he was entitled to half the money for
            some reason.

          • Andres

            I find it
            funny that, if this is the case, he was quoted in the New York Post article
            as saying that “the bullying needs to stop” and that he is being
            pressured by lawsuits that they are losing. It seems from this that it is the
            complete opposite.

          • XQ21

            Oh, I fully agree. The guy is a scumbag. But that brings us to the $20 million lawsuit against a blogger who was basically stating all the things I’ve talked about in my comments.

          • Andres

            Do you
            have a link that I can read regarding this situation?

          • XQ21

            Of
            course! If you Google “Jody Kriss Blogger” you’ll get a ton, but
            this one is the jist of the information:
            http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/blogger-responds-to-jody-kriss-notice-to-sue-254618901.html

          • Andres

            Wow, so
            Jody Kriss is attempting to sue someone against their first amendment rights
            to freedom of speech? That sounds a little on the scummy side if I say so
            myself.

          • XQ21

            Yep. As
            stated in the release: “”Without prejudice to Mr. Lombardi’s right
            to fully respond to any complaint served by Plaintiff in this action, Mr.
            Lombardi, an investigative political journalist and blogger, notes that the
            very commencement of this action is a blatant attempt to eradicate one of the
            hallmarks and most cherished values of a free society: the first amendment
            and free speech.”

          • Andres

            So what
            does an individual do in a situation like this? Just ignore it?

          • XQ21

            Trust me,
            if he had that press release drawn up and sent out, he is not ignoring it. I
            wouldn’t be surprised if, once this case hits rock bottom, Lombardi
            countersues like Lauria did.

          • Andres

            And
            rightfully so. I think he should countersue once this is over for a billion
            dollars, see how it makes Jody feel to be up against that kind of money.

          • Andres

            I think
            the case was settled earlier. It doesn’t say for what amount or who received
            it, though. I wouldn’t be surprised either if Lombardio counter-sues.

          • XQ21

            There is
            a document reply dated December 1st on the NY courts site that is an answer
            by Jill Levi (lombardi’s lawyer) that he basically denies everything and says
            that it’s his first amendment right to state his opinion.

  • Shane33

    Thinking about moving there with my family. Seem like it has some nice restaurants and there’s a cool vibe there. I will definitely be checking out some of the properties from the East River Partners.

    • m.anderson.12

      Tell that to Joseph Brun, an innocent man licing in a building purchased and renovated by ERP and Jody Kriss who ended up falling through a floor and had to move out because of harassment.

      • m.anderson.12

        Between that and the Pine lawsuit, I honestly don’t know what to think about ERast River Partners anymore.

        • Philip The Great

          What else has this guy don besides brun and pine?

          • m.anderson.12

            He’s been involved in huge lawsuits for years now, mostly relating to his time at Bayrock (as a plaintiff, I might add). Only recently have the tables turned and he has started to be the defendant.

          • Philip The Great

            Could you point me to some resources regarding the other lawsuits Jody Kriss has been involved in?

          • Philip The Great

            Also, what is “Bayrock”?

          • m.anderson.12

            Bayrock is the company that Jody Kriss used to be CFO of. A lot of sketchy stuff went down under his rule.

          • m.anderson.12

            Alsolutely. Here is information regarding Kriss Versus Bayrock (the first one): http://jodykriss.org/court-documents/kriss-v-bayrock/

          • m.anderson.12

            Here is some
            information for a suit similar to the one above in which he used dead
            Holocaust survivors as stand-in plaintiffs:
            http://jodykriss.org/court-documents/gottdiener-v-lauria/

          • m.anderson.12

            Here is the big
            billion dollar lawsuit that he is most known for here in the City:
            http://jodykriss.org/court-documents/kriss-v-bayrock-2/

          • m.anderson.12

            Here’s the suit
            where he sued a blogger for $20 million this April:
            http://jodykriss.org/court-documents/kriss-v-lombardi/

          • m.anderson.12

            Here is the
            information for the Pine v ERP case, in which Kriss made most of the
            decisions: http://jodykriss.org/court-documents/pine-v-erp/

          • m.anderson.12

            And then of course,
            there is Brun v ERP and Jody Kriss, which we are only now getting information
            about.

          • Philip The Great

            I only see your response of Brun v ERP. Were there others?

          • m.anderson.12

            Yeah, I’m sorry. I
            forgot that this site requires linked information to be moderated and
            approved manually. Hopefully it will be done soon. Until then, go to
            jodykriss.org and you’ll see everything you need.

          • m.anderson.12

            Yeah, I’m sorry. I
            forgot that this site requires linked information to be moderated and
            approved manually. Hopefully it will be done soon. Until then, go to
            jodykriss.org and you’ll see everything you need…

          • m.anderson.12

            A complete moron out
            to make a profit no matter who is harmed in the process, whether it be his
            father, his business partners, innocent tenants, children, or taxpayers of
            the State of New York.

          • Philip The Great

            What happened with his father?

          • m.anderson.12

            His dad was an
            attorney working with one of the companies that got sued in the first Jody
            Kriss v Bayrock suits, and he ended up gettinb booted from the firm as a
            result. Then he tried to do it again.

          • Philip The Great

            What an idiot. And
            the Bayrock Group were all of his business partners? He sued them all for a
            billion dollars?

          • m.anderson.12

            Them and a large
            handful of other law firms, insurance companies, and high-profile
            businesspeople, including Donald Trump.

          • m.anderson.12

            Wow, what a scumbag.
            Did he really think he was going to get away with that?

          • Philip The Great

            Wow, what a scumbag.
            Did he really think he was going to get away with that?

          • m.anderson.12

            I believe that both Kriss v Bayrock I and Kriss v Bayrock II are going to get dismissed shortly.

          • Philip The Great

            What piece of crap lawyers was he using for these cases?

          • m.anderson.12

            The same guys,
            Frederick Oberlander and Richard Lerner. Scumbags as well. They’re being
            referred for criminal contempt regarding the stolen hard drive.

          • Philip The Great

            What stolen hard drive?

          • m.anderson.12

            Jody Kriss had a Bayrock analyst stral a hard drive for him with all of Bayrock’s info and sensitive info about coworkers and was basically using it as blackmail.

          • Philip The Great

            Wow, so these cases are nothing more than, like, an extortion scheme or something.

          • m.anderson.12

            pretty much, yes. It’s good to see cases like Pine and Brun turning the tables and letting Kriss know he can’t always be the plaintiff.

          • Philip The Great

            Yeah, and to stop abusing the courts system! I’m from NYC too, and I’m not walking around trying to sue everyone who stands in my way.

          • m.anderson.12

            I completely agree with you. Weak, pathetic, scummy.

          • Philip The Great

            I’m still not seeing
            it, but I went to the site you mentioned. This Jody Kriss seems like a
            complete moron.

  • B.Bruce

    Shane33: For sure check out the East River Partners. They are some of the best in the city. Listen I’ve lived in CG for going on 5 years. I absolutely love the area and it’s very safe. I think CG is a top 5 NYC nabe. I moved here to get away from Manhattan congestion and it still has that old-world charm to it.

    • XQ21

      That’s
      great about Carroll Gardens, but before you suggest East River Partners
      and/or Jody Kriss to someone, please think of whether or not they can have
      their health violated as a result of demolitions and renovations.

      • B.Bruce

        What in
        the world are you talking about? There’s nothing in the article about
        anything like that.

        • XQ21

          There’s
          plenty. Google Jody Kriss and check out the majority of the links that are
          brought up you’ll see the light.

          • QQQ

            Okay,
            I’ll do that. I don’t get why Jody Kriss and East River Partners would be so
            bad.

          • XQ21

            This guy is
            pathetic. Google his name and see what comes up. Check it out:
            http://www.jodykriss.com.

          • QQQ

            Wow, is that stuff
            for real. How did he use dead Holocaust survivors in one of his scams? I
            don’t understand.

          • XQ21

            I’m more confused
            about wearing wires to meetings at Bayrock. What kind of shady person does
            that kind of thing? Some kind of rat?

          • QQQ

            I think you hit it
            right on the head with calling him a rat. It seems like he has mob
            connections but tries to not associate himself with them per se.

          • XQ21

            Is this the same guy
            that sued a bunch of NYC executives for a billion bucks last year?

          • QQQ

            He did what now? A
            billion dollars? When was this?

          • XQ21

            Yeah, check it out
            here: http://jodykriss.com. Tons of information regarding it.

          • QQQ

            That’s where I got
            the information about the wires and the Holocaust victims and stuff. Do you
            think that site is legitimate?

          • XQ21

            Well, that’s
            Jodykriss.com. He works at East River Partners. Eastriverpartners.net. Check
            it out. Looks like the same site. Either he’s got some serious enemies, or he
            does a shitty job with domain registration.

          • QQQ

            Wow. A billion
            dollars from the likes of Donald Trump, Sapir, and a ton of others. Is this
            case still going on or is it settled or thrown out?

          • XQ21

            If I’m not mistaken
            from a recent document, the lawsuit is still pending.

          • QQQ

            Does the same thing
            apply to the stupid lawsuit against the blogger?

          • XQ21

            That lawsuit was v
            ery recent, so I’m sure it’s definitely still working its way through the
            ranks. Pretty pathetic that it needs to even be considered. Waste of time and
            money.

          • QQQ

            Wow, I agree. What a
            dirtbag piece of crap. That’s my money, and everyone else in New York’s. He
            should have to pay any and all legal fees out of pocket.

          • XQ21

            This dude got his
            dad fired too. What a piece of crap.

          • QQQ

            He got his dad
            fired? From where?

          • XQ21

            According to
            jodykriss.com, his father was a senior partner at Akerman Senterfitt, LLP,
            and Jody’s billion dollar lawsuit ended up getting Ron Kriss fired.

          • QQQ

            That’s completely
            shitty. Who would do something like that to another person, let alone a
            family member, let alone his own Dad.

          • XQ21

            I absolutely agree
            with you. What a scumbag. Did you see the part about him wearing wires to
            business meetings, like he was some kind of FBI informant or some shit?

          • QQQ

            Ahaha, wow, I see
            that now. I assume he was wearing wires at Bayrock, and potentially was
            carrying that over to ERP?

          • XQ21

            I think the thing is
            that he obviously had the capability to wear wires, not that he specifically
            did wear them. Let’s not get into slander here.

          • XQ21

            I’m still apalled by
            everything this scumbad did to his Dad.

          • QQQ

            And what about Adam
            Lombardi? It’s not like Queens Politics is some business-bashing site. He
            only reported what the Post wrote about him.

          • XQ21

            What did the Post
            write about him?

          • QQQ
  • Josh NYC

    Great projects like these in Brooklyn can really spruce up the neighborhood. I have seen some great NY projects at http://www.eastriverpartners.com/
    They all look promising!

    • m.anderson.12

      I thought to myself,
      why would there all of a sudden be comments on a two year old article? Then I
      saw that they were all geared towards how great Jody Kriss and East River
      Partners are. Are they trying to fix a damaged reputation?

      • Philip The Great

        What kind of damaged reputation are you talking about? I agree that it is fishy these comments are cropping up now.

        • m.anderson.12

          Haha what kind of damaged reputation? Google his name and you’ll find out all you need to know. Specifically http://www.jodykriss.org.

          • Philip The Great

            Oh wow. It seems there’s more to Jody Kriss than what the Real Deal has to say about him, huh?

          • m.anderson.12

            Nag, the Real Deal has an old article about Kriss hiring someone to beat up a former coworker http://therealdeal.com/blog/2014/03/17/ex-bayrock-exec-accused-of-mob-tactics-in-5m-lawsuit/

          • Philip The Great

            And now all of a sudden he’s the golden boy of the New York City news?

          • m.anderson.12

            I wouldn’t go that far. Yes, East River Partners is doing well. But behind the scenes there are several lawsuits regarding buildings they are working on.

          • Philip The Great

            What kind of lawsuits? Are you referring to issues with the buildings?

          • m.anderson.12

            Somewhat. The first lawsuit was two families suing East River Partners for forcing them from their homes during a renovation/demolition project. One of the families had a baby that was exposed to lead paint. They all were.

          • Philip The Great

            Huh, this kind of negates the comment of “They all look promising!”

          • m.anderson.12

            It sure does. The second suit is a guy named Brun suing ERP and Jody Kris for making his building uninhabitable during the same process.

          • Philip The Great

            Did this occur at the same building or at a different building of East River Partners?

          • m.anderson.12

            A completely different building in a different borough. And those are just two that have cropped up, out of eight building projects. So I wouldn’t say it’s a squeaky clean business.

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