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Williamsburg developer Menachem Stark kidnapped

January 03, 2014 10:45AM

UPDATED, 4:14 p.m., Jan. 3: Menachem Stark, a Brooklyn-based real estate developer from the Satmar Hasidic sect, has been kidnapped from his Williamsburg office, according to police reports.

Stark was kidnapped late Thursday night by two assailants, police said. One man was lying in wait outside Stark’s office, and when Stark emerged, a struggle ensued. A second man then pulled up in a minivan and together, the men hustled Stark into the van and drove off, according to surveillance tape seen by the police. The investigation is ongoing, a police dispatcher told The Real Deal.

Today’s snowstorm – which left parts of Brooklyn covered in eight inches of snow — is complicating the search for Stark, according to website Your Jewish News.  The neighborhood Shomrim — or community watch group — is also actively searching for Stark, according to their Twitter feed. The Shomrim did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Stark’s brother Yitzky told the New York Post that he was willing to offer a $100,000 reward for his brother’s safe return.

Stark and partner Israel Perlmutter were sued by special servicer CWCapital Asset Management in 2011 to recover $29 million lent in 2007 and secured by a seven-story, 74-unit residential rental building at 100 South 4th Street in Williamsburg, that they own, as The Real Deal reported. Stark has also previously defaulted on a loan On 239 Banker Street, a Greenpoint commercial building.  [Your Jewish News]Hiten Samtani 

  • Gettingsickandtired

    Probably Peta. Look at that hat.

  • Cantbeleveit

    Le looks like a pimp daddy.

  • ynh

    his head wont be cold

  • Marce

    The patch in great neck just announced his burned body was found in a Getty gas station in great neck, ny.

    • Brevity, Brevity, Brevity

      Who owns or works in these gas stations these days….?!

  • moishela

    Discussion with Moishe’la (with his family)
    A handicapped child
    Cheshvan 17 5773 (Nov 1’12)

    “Don’t you see that the world is falling apart?”

    I only want to tell you this, that if the Yidden in America ignore the warning that Frankenstorm brought with it they will be very sorry. Very soon the anti-Semitism that has been hidden more or less since the Second World War will raise its head again in a fierce way in America and all over Europe and most of the world.

    I’m saying this not as a Chiddush (something new) but because we are already seeing it happen and Yidden are trying to ignore it, but soon it will blow up in their

    faces and this will be another message.

    The Yidden in Europe suffered Gehenom on this earth but why? Because they were not keeping the Mitzvos not even the most basic ones. The much smaller percentage of those so-called Frum where also riddled with the mindset of the Haskolah. True there where Tzadikim of a great level and Chasidim also on a great level but the percentage was very small in comparison to those who have been tainted by the Haskolah. But in our generation over sixty years since the end of world war two we almost don’t feel the anti-Semitism. It’s not in style or wasn’t in style but now things have changed, most governments are criminal governments that like nothing better then persecuting Am HaKodesh and because we have lost most of our Kedusha we are left unprotected against the evil that has taken over the world.

    However the Yidden who trust only in Hashem and walk through the valley of death with out any fear because Hashem is with them, those people will survive.

    Mommy: Why does the moon looks so interesting tonight?
    Moishela: On this day the 17th of MarCheshvon the moon here in Yerushalyim Ir HaKodesh was extremely beautiful but frightening also. A little star and a huge bright moon with a halo around it, a moon framed by clouds rippling in the background a very impressive sight, the star and the moon show us a great and frightening war will be here soon, all those who trust in Hashem and are not afraid of bombs and soldiers, lack of money, or being hungry, HaKodesh Boruch Hu will provide everything for His true people that trust Him and are with Him, for those who love Him and love am Yisroel.

    This is the difference between what will happen now and what happened during the Second World War. in this conflict which will be a thousand times more frightening than World War Two, the Yidden who hold on tightly to HaKodosh Boruch Hu will live they will survive Im Yirtza Hashem, those that not will not.

    In the Second World War Reshoim, Tzaddikim, and Bainonim where all killed, in this conflict Hashem will forcefully return all true Yidden to the Emes and save them, but

    Amelak and Arev Rav will be wiped out of existence.

    Am Yisroel the true Jews among you please come together scream out to Hashem beg him to forgive us cry many many tears cry until you have puddles around you and beg Hashem to end this world of lies and bring us to the truth to Olam Habah, please beg Him Am Yisroel.

    Why are you so indifferent how can you keep going to your parties and dancing with Gashmius when the whole world is in danger? How do you dare play stupid games with your Tzitzis hanging out of your pants to your knees and your Payos flying in the wind stupid games? Silly pastimes waste of time which is a cardinal sin in Yiddishkeit.

    How can you ladies you “Yiddishe Mamas” walk around with short tight skirts open necks and shaitels that look like and really are real hair? It makes you look un-married, you paint your faces which is absolutely forbidden and you sit in restaurants and show your gluttony, you go to Europe to Daven at graves of Tzaddikim to beg them to give you wealth.

    Hashem for years now has been making Am Yisroel ill, may we be spared. The hospitals are filled with Frum Yidden, Hashem Yishmor. People are dying in great numbers even though supposedly we are such Tzaddikim and give so much money for Chessed so why are so many people dying and why is the so called cure so torturous for so many? WHY?

    Don’t pat yourselves on the back and say they are dying to make a Kapporah for the generation it’s not true, they are dying in order to make you cry and make you beg Hashem to cure them!! But we bury the dead and forget the Tefillos and go about our business as usual.

    Don’t you see that the world is falling apart? Don’t you see that even the Goyim are speaking seriously about Armageddon – the end of the world? But you my dear Yidden are still up to your old tricks, you are still deeply interested in your money making and your Loshon Hora in your habits that are not quite kosher in your gluttony and in your desires, of course there are those who are still trying to live a life of truth but they are very few. So therefore my dear fellow Frum Yid please cry out to Hashem with tears. Do Teshuva on all your Avairos. List them one by one. Come back to the truth get rid of your excessive Gashmius. Crush the Egel HaZav into fine dust and throw it to the wind.

    • Judaic Bolshevist Mammonism (Baphomet) is no less of a devil than Mahomet

  • schlepper

    i used to live in this guys building…. happens to be he was one of the worst landlords/property managers ever, a real scumbag who didnt care about anything except his tenants rent check… that said, no one deserves this

    • Lord_Mithras

      If you live in a slum, you deserve it. Get a job, stop doing drugs and blaming whitey for your problems, in other words, be a man.

      • If the Iranians nuke Israel, the Palestinian scums die in the fallout… win/win situation

      • Musashi

        So much tensions People. The opinions of others shouldn’t become your reality. If the guy was a scum, then he was a scum. We’re all called scum by someone at least once in one lifetime, it’s not the end of the world. Relax brah. But still that’s unfortunate and scary. Guess the Lesson of the story is: No one is above laws of physics; you always get what you deserve. hmmm…

  • ROBBING THE GOYIM To ‘Give Back’ To Your Community Does Not Make You A Philanthropist. This is something that elements of the Williamsburg Hasidic Community needs to consider before elevating Menachem Stark as some sort of local community hero who was done wrong. Tonight Stark “Sleeps with the Whitefishes” because you can maintain the cover of a community builder who is a man of god and philanthropist for only so long if you are in fact living a life devoid of spirituality. To those who have joined in the vilification of the NY Post for a sensational headline concerning his death, try to remember that the Post did not kill Stark. Menachem Stark planted the seeds for his own demise.

    Question: What Do You Call A Brooklyn Slumlord & LoanShark at the Bottom of a Dumpster?

    Answer: An audacious beginning to the end of the darkness! – my gut instincts tell me that this crime was orchestrated by someone within his community with whom Menachem Stark deceived, ripped off and double crossed. If that is the case all the better. You see because when the Sharks start eating each other or Satanicn Creeps star feeding on themselves it is even sweeter. Let them contribute to their own extinction.

    LESSON: Robbing ‘the Goyim’ to give back to your “community” does not make you a philanthropist. Sorry bro that is just not how it works!

  • Moishela


    Discussion with Moishela (with his family)

    A Handicapped child

    1 Iyar 5774 (April 30, ’14)

    “L’Shanah Haba’ah B’Yerushalayim”

    Time is moving on and speeding up. I can’t say that we’re moving at the speed of light, but we’re moving on. It’s like a tank, a large tank that moves slowly but is very deadly and we are moving onwards forwards into the Nevuas of Hashem. Now we can see much more clearly what is on the horizon and if we look closely through our binoculars we can see clearly destruction and death, Shelo Naida.

    We can see clearly how every single prophecy is coming true. On one hand it’s very frightening. On the other hand it gives us hope. It gives us hope that finally, finally we’re coming to the end of this terrible Golus; this most difficult time in all of our history, running from country to country every time the Goyim started killing us, trying to find a place where we could live in peace and worship Hakodosh Boruch Hu in every way without being attacked. We had to move from place to place and we had to reestablish ourselves financially so that we would have bread to give our children, our families. We suffered the fear of going upwards and then falling downwards in our spirituality. All of this will soon be over and it can be seen already with the naked eye, so-to-speak. Maybe we need the help of the binoculars, but we can see it already. We can smell the smoke of war and we can taste it as well.

    We can understand now in our minds how two thirds of the world can be destroyed and we can be so depressed with this thought that we hopefully can forget our extreme Gashmiusdik world and decide finally to do true Teshuva. So I think my fellow Jews that it is time. It is time right now before the real troubles start. It is time to do Teshuva and to learn to depend only on Hakodosh Boruch Hu. Hashem is giving us many incentives for this, and many ways to learn to come so close to Him, so that you will fear nothing but Him. It’s our job to start to learn, how to be true Avdai Hashem and Ovdai Hashem. I hope and I pray that all Am Yisroel, every single one of Am Yisroel, will take my message seriously and stop with all the nonsense that most of you are occupied with. Push it all aside. See it for what it is – emptiness, and come closer to Hashem which is everything, all-encompassing, which is totally spiritual in nature and come close to the only Truth which is so absolutely Divine, so absolutely beautiful and pleasant and wonderful and all-encompassing that you will soon forget the hard grimy materialistic world and be swept up in the beauty and the holiness of the spiritual world of Hakodosh Boruch Hu, Hakol Yachol, the Creator of all existence.

    Can you just imagine looking up and seeing the third Bais Hamikdosh looming above us, inviting us to come and bring Karbonos, finally after so many years? Can you imagine that? It will turn from a dream to reality, but we have to really desire this. We have to really long for it in order that we will also be Zoche to be part of it. L’shana Haba’ah B’yerushalayim, Yerushalayim Habenuyah!

    Sefiras Haomer this year, is part of the countdown. We are going now from slavery to freedom and we are going to see many miracles on the way so between when we began counting until Shavuos there will be many changes in this world, difficult changes. It will be hard to understand maybe for many, but in the end all of the pieces of the puzzle will be put together and we’ll see a clear vision of what Hashem wants from us. We will also be aware of what this distorted world has taken away from us. Everything will be clear, pristine clear, clear as can be. We will have no doubts. We will trust Hashem completely.

    I feel that Lag Baomer this year is going to symbolize the end of a certain way of doing things. I feel that things are going to change drastically after Lag Baomer, in Eretz Yisroel and generally in the world. We are looking for tremendous changes after Lag Baomer, and by Shavuos and after Shavuos, tremendous changes.

    Q: How are these changes different then the last 13 years?

    A: Well in the last 13 years the world has changed completely. It has become a world that once was frivolous and on the surface happy. Everybody running off to Europe or Israel from Brazil to Africa to Thailand and every place in the world. It was a time of Gashmius above and beyond anything we could dream of. Now things have gone down in the Gashmius very much. People are confused because the world has become threatening and dark. People are afraid to fly. People don’t have the money to go on vacations and never mind vacations, people don’t even have money for food. Fear hovers over the world. People are afraid because it has become a harsh and very difficult world and most people are living with a tremendous fear and rightfully so.