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  • Menachem Stark’s portfolio revealed

    March 07, 2014 11:00AM
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    Click to enlarge (Menachem Stark photo credit: Eli Wohl)

    From the March issue: Two months after the burned body of Brooklyn developer Menachem Stark was found at a gas station in Great Neck, L.I., the motive behind his murder remains opaque. Now law enforcement officials and lawyers are looking to the real estate portfolio Stark amassed during the last boom for clues. [more]

  • 100-Stark

    100 South 4th Street in Williamsburg (Photo credit: PropertyShark) and Menachem Stark (Photo credit: Eli Wohl)

    A subsidiary of lender Deutsche Bank, acting as a trustee for a 
defaulted $29 million loan on Menachem Stark’s 74-unit Williamsburg
 rental property at 100 South 4th Street, is concerned about possible
 unauthorized use of funds in the building’s bank account, U.S.
 Bankruptcy Court records filed yesterday show.


  • Charles Buck, who was acquitted of murdering his late wife, Leslie, in December, has sold his Mystic, Conn. home for $415,000 to his attorneys, Hubert Santos and Hope Seeley, according to Connecticut news site the Day. Buck told police that he discovered his wife dead in the 2,110-square-foot home at 77 Masons Island Road May 2002, after returning from work at the couple’s other property, located at 126 Elm Street in Stonington, Conn. The closing price is roughly half of its value, as appraised in September, when Buck used the property to stay out of jail before the trial. … [more]

  • On the heels of Natavia Lowery’s conviction in the Linda Stein murder case, many in the industry are still asking how it could have happened. The two women’s interaction was a clash of wills, according to the New York Daily News, which painted the working relationship between Stein, the Prudential Douglas Elliman super-broker, and Lowery, her assistant, as a ticking time bomb. While Stein, who was reportedly prone to confrontations with her adversaries, had climbed a hardscrabble road to the top, Lowery had been equally strong-willed. “The Oct. 30, 2007, clash of two strong women who usually got what they wanted — in vastly different ways — seemed inevitable,” the New York Daily News said.


  • The late Prudential Douglas Elliman broker Linda Stein had suspicions that someone was stealing from her, according to Friday’s testimony from a close personal friend of Stein, who was found murdered in her Upper East Side apartment in 2007. Mark Benecke, who reportedly sold homes with Stein, told the court that Stein confided in him that she believed she was being ripped off by someone she knew. The next day at 1 p.m. Benecke said he called her apartment — from which she also worked — but that this assistant Natavia Lowery, who stands accused of murdering Stein, answered the phone. Benecke alleges that Lowery said Stein had left the apartment to take a walk, but security tapes show that Stein never left her apartment that day. What the footage does show, however, is Lowery leaving the building and returning numerous times, at one point carrying Stein’s purse. See above for footage from the Gothamist.