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“Grinch” landlord serves eviction papers on Christmas Eve

December 28, 2013 02:00PM

 A Williamsburg landlord is inviting Grinch comparisons after serving seniors an eviction notice just before Christmas.

On Christmas Eve, Victor Einhorn, the new owner of the Swinging Sixties Center, gave the hundreds of kids and seniors who use the centers services until the end of January to vacate, which to supporters of the center demonstrates “a calculated meanness.”

“He knew what he was doing when he served these papers on Christmas Eve,” Jan Peterson, Community Board 1 member, told the Brooklyn Paper. “He’s a grinch.”

Einhorn purchased the three-story Building On Ainslie Street last month, and raised the rent by a third almost immediately. Peterson, who helped open the center back in 1974, believes that Einhorn plans to demolish the center to make way for condos, with current zoning allowing for a seven-story residential building on the lot, according to the Brooklyn Paper.

Einhorn and his attorney did not return the Brooklyn Paper’s requests for comment, but center supporters believe that decades of city funding for programs at the center may make eviction difficult for the new landlord to achieve in the near future. [Brooklyn Paper]Christopher Cameron