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  • From left: Sharif El-Gamal and 45 and 51 Park Place

    From left: Sharif El-Gamal and 45 and 51 Park Place

    Developer Sharif El-Gamal has filed plans to level two low-rise structures at the site of the long-stalled Park51 development, also known as the “Ground Zero mosque.” [more]

  • From left: Sharif El-Gamal and 51 Park Place

    WEEKENDEDITION Sharif El-Gamal, the developer behind the controversial “Ground Zero mosque,” is facing criticism for charging his own nonprofit rent. [more]

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    Sharif El-Gamal and 205 West 40th Street

    Sharif El-Gamal, developer of Park51, is in contract to buy the Garment Center Synagogue in the hopes of tearing down and building a high-rise with a new synagogue, hotel and retail center.

    El-Gamal teamed up with Murray Hill Properties to redevelop 205 West 40th Street near Seventh Avenue. The New School for Design is expected to officially sell off the site for $61.5 million by March. [more]

  • From left: Sharif El-Gamal and 51 Park Place

    Developer Sharif El-Gamal appears to be considering a residential condominium development on the site of the stalled Park 51 project, also known as the “ground zero mosque.” El-Gamal has approached multiple brokers in Manhattan seeking advice on how to build and market condos at the site, sources told The Real Deal. [more]

  • Sharif El-Gamal

    Sharif El-Gamal, developer of Park51, the project dubbed the “ground zero mosque,” has acquired the building next door to the controversial stalled project, DNAinfo reported.

    With the purchase of 43 Park Place for $8 million in January, El-Gamal now controls three adjacent properties on the street. He owns 45-47 Park Place and leases 51 Park Place from ConEdison. The 45-47 and 51 parcels comprise the planned Park51 project. [more]

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  • From left: Sharif El-Gamal and 31 West 27th Street (credit:PropertyShark)

    The San Francisco-based Walnut Hill Group has purchased Sharif El-Gamal’s 12-story Chelsea office building at 31 West 27th Street.

    It was the second purchase by Walnut Hill in Manhattan. In February 2011, the company acquired the Holiday Inn Express hotel building at 15 West 45th Street in Times Square, in a joint venture with minority partner Magna Hospitality Group. [more]

  • From left: Sharif El-Gamal and a rendering of Park51

    A New York State Supreme Court judge has sided with Con Edison in its ongoing rent dispute with the developer of the controversial Park51 Islamic cultural and community center in Lower Manhattan, the New York Post reported.

    Con Ed argued that it is owed $1.7 million in back rent and $47,437 a month in rent for the land, where it leases a substation to Sharif El-Gamal, the Park51 developer, at 45-47 Park Place. However, El-Gamal said he owes just $881,519 in back rent and $25,875 a month going forward. The judge sided with Con Ed in the June ruling, the Post said. [more]

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  • From left: Former firefighter Timothy Brown, his attorney Brett Joshpe, Soho Properties developer Sharif El-Gamal and his attorney Adam Leitman Bailey

    Retired New York City firefighter Timothy Brown has withdrawn his appeal of a Supreme Court decision preventing him from taking action to prevent construction of Soho Properties’ proposed Islamic mosque and community center in Lower Manhattan, The Real Deal has learned. [more]

  • Sharif El-Gamal and 31 West 27th Street

    Sharif El-Gamal, chairman and CEO of Soho Properties, also the man behind the proposed Park51 community center and mosque on Park Place in Lower Manhattan, is trying to sell a building — and not his Lower Manhattan property. Crain’s reported that El-Gamal is trying to trade 31 West 27th Street in order to push his downtown community center forward, Crain’s reported, speculating that the sale will provide Park51 with the necessary money for the venture. [more]


  • Soho Properties CEO Sharif El-Gamal and a rendering of Park51 community center

    A Manhattan judge has granted 51 Park Place and developer Sharif El-Gamal a so-called Yellowstone injunction blocking Consolidated Edison from evicting the developer from the prospective Muslim community center building for allegedly violating a default notice issued Sept. 14, the New York Law Journal reported, giving El-Gamal 20 days to pay up or challenge Con Ed.

    As previously reported, Con Ed, which owns a substation on the western half of the property where the developers want to build a community center, ordered the Soho Properties CEO and Park51 developers to pay $1.7 million owed in back rent in October and threatened to evict the team behind the controversial mosque, near Ground Zero. … [more]

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    Sharif El-Gamal and 1835 Amsterdam Avenue
    If Sharif El-Gamal doesn’t show up to court Thursday, he could be sent to jail over the $63,133 his company owes the city in fines, fees and taxes for a Washington Heights property, the New York Post reported.

    El-Gamal, the man behind the notorious Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan, acquired the 14-unit apartment building at 1835 Amsterdam Avenue in 2008, public records show, although the price isn’t listed. Between July 2010 and May 2011, 150 complaints about rats, roaches, lack of heat and construction debris were filed for the building. … [more]

  • El-Gamal rethinks Park51 configuration

    October 19, 2011 10:56AM

    Developer Sharif El-Gamal and a rendering of Park51

    In a radical change of heart, developer Sharif El-Gamal has said he is exploring commercial options, including condominiums, a hotel and office tower, at the site of Park51, the proposed Islamic community center near the World Trade Center.

    “All options are on the table,” he said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. “We’re looking at all the different potential uses. We’re sitting on a very valuable piece of real estate.”

    A Muslim prayer room is still part of the plan, he insisted, but the Islamic community center may actually be a small portion of the overall project, slated to be more than 120,000 square feet. … [more]

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    Soho Properties CEO Sharif El-Gamal, rendering of Park51 community center, and 45 Park Place (building credit: PropertyShark)

    Con Edison has ordered Soho Properties CEO Sharif El-Gamal and Park51 developers to pay $1.7 million owed in back rent, the New York Post reported, and threatened to evict the team behind the controversial ‘Ground Zero mosque.’

    Con Ed owns a former substation on the western half of the Lower Manhattan property where the developers want to build a community center and rents it out to Park51. Park51 paid $700,000 to lease the substation in 2009, which had a rental rate, set in 1972, of $2,750 per month. But in August, the utility raised the rent, retroactive to July 2008, to $47,437 per month. … [more]

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  • El-Gamal admits mistakes at Park51 project

    September 27, 2011 04:23PM

    The PBS program “Frontline” tonight will profile the developer of the Park51 project Sharif El-Gamal. In the program (see video above), El-Gamal talks about his own background and personal religious journey. “Frontline” producer Dan Reed followed El-Gamal over several months as he responded to the controversy surrounding his vision of a community center and mosque in Lower Manhattan. In the program, he also admits he made mistakes in the beginning of the process, but is still committed to moving the project forward…. [more]

  • Park 51 opens to the public

    September 22, 2011 07:26PM

    Top left: Photographer Danny Goldfield being interviewed, top right: Visitors at the Park51 exhibition, bottom left: Developer Sharif El-Gamal, Park51 board member Nour Mousa, Rana Sodhi, inspiration for photo project, and photographer Danny Goldfield cut the ribbon on Park51, and bottom right: Community Board One Chair Julie Menin speaks at opening event (credit: David Gordon Photography)

    Park51, the site of a proposed mosque and community center in Lower Manhattan, officially opened its doors at 45-51 Park Place to the

    public last night with an exhibition on the ground floor featuring photos of children from all over the world in New York City.

    “We’ve developed an exhibition space, but also a mixed-use space that is ultimately going to start serving for meetings, for screenings, a place where we can start getting our sponsors and our friends and our neighbors to come in, and understand what it is that we plan on doing, and really demystifying this whole project,” Sharif El-Gamal, CEO of Soho Properties, the lead developer of the project, said in a brief interview withThe Real Deal. He said the exhibition space had previously been “raw,” and that Park51 had been able to renovate it…. [more]

  • Mosque opens on SI without controversy

    August 19, 2011 11:59AM

    180 Burgher Avenue

    The Muslim American Chapter for Brooklyn and Staten Island has quietly opened a mosque in the Dongan Hills neighborhood of Staten Island, without the controversial uproar that accompanied the same group’s plan to open a mosque in a former Catholic convent in Staten Island’s Midland Beach, the New York Times reported. Last year, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York ended up rejecting the sale, even though the parish’s priest had originally approved it. This year, at a July 29 open house, neighbors joined local government officials at the building at 180 Burgher Avenue. The largest concern for most residents seems to be parking, and neighbors say that the mosque’s members have been responsive to those issues. … [more]

  • Developer Sharif El-Gamal, the backer of the controversial plans to build a mosque in Lower Manhattan, sharply criticized a recent campaign ad by Republican congressional candidate Bob Turner, a retired business executive running for the old seat of Anthony Weiner in the ninth congressional district on NY1′s Inside City Hall. In the ad, Turner criticizes both his opponent, former assemblyman David Weprin, and President Barack Obama for their support of the project, which he calls a “mosque on ground zero”.  Gamal emphasized that the mosque is not on Ground Zero and compared the project  with the 42nd Street Y. [NY1][more]

  • Though clear of legal entanglement, Park51 is still in need of more than $17 million in construction financing. Towards that end, Sharif El-Gamal, the developer behind the project, at a fundraiser dinner last Friday launched a campaign to raise $7 million for the community center near Ground Zero by Sept. 10, WNYC reported. El-Gamal said it was a “motivational deadline” for supporters of the project, who want to take back the identity that was “stolen” from Muslims by the 9/11 terrorists. … [more]


  • Following a huge legal victory for Park51, the Islamic community center near Ground Zero, attorney Adam Leitman Bailey appeared on Fox News (see video above) to talk construction costs. The attorney, who defended Park 51 developer Sharif El-Gamal against a lawsuit from former New York City firefighter Timothy Brown, said the developer still does not have the money to build the mosque. “Knocking it down doesn’t cost a lot of money,” he said of the demolition of the former Burlington coat factory at the site, “but building it does.”

    Bailey said architects anticipate construction will cost around $17 millon, but political commentator Bill O’Reilly argued that figure was much too low. O’Reilly continued to criticize Bailey and the Park51 developers, calling them insensitive to the families of Sept. 11 victims…. [more]


  • Sharif El-Gamal and Park51 rendering (building source: SOMA Architects)

    A Manhattan judge has dismissed a lawsuit by former New York City
    firefighter Timothy Brown who is trying to halt the construction of the Park51 Islamic community center near
    Ground Zero by overturning a decision by the New York City Landmarks
    Preservation Commission to deny landmark status to a 150-year-old
    building on the Park Place site.

    According to the New York Times, it could prove to be the last legal challenge to the project. The building, damaged in the attacks of Sept. 11, was once home to a Burlington Coat Factory store.
    Justice Paul Feinman termed Brown “an individual with a strong interest in preservation of the building,” but failed to see that he had any special legal standing in the case. … [more]