Kushner tenant: Greenwich Village building is a death trap

Meltkraft owner says sewage leaked, electricity was ready to blow at 101 MacDougal

TRD New York /
Nov.November 17, 2016 10:10 AM

While Jared Kushner’s father-in-law has pledged to “drain the swamp,” one of the young real estate mogul’s tenants claims his Greenwich Village building is a real quagmire.

Eran Wasjwol, who ran a grilled cheese Meltkraft franchise at Kushner’s 101 Macdougal Street until this past summer, filed a lawsuit against the landlord claiming the building had a shady electrical hookup and a faulty sewage system that backed up under the restaurant’s floorboards, the New York Post reported.

Kushner Companies bought the five-story building in 2015 as part of a 16-property portfolio spread across Manhattan and Brooklyn. Kushner paid $132 million for the portfolio.

Wasjwol’s lawsuit claims Kushner was largely an absentee landlord.

“Reaching the new landlord proved very difficult,” the lawsuit says.

According the lawsuit, the building was either stealing electricity from the mainline or from another building, causing the panini heaters to short circuit. The 96-year-old sewage system was also faulty, causing the pipes to back up and force sewage to seep up through the floor, the suit alleges.

“Feces were everywhere, forcing now-disgruntled employees to clean the space,” the lawsuit claims.

Wasjwol shut the eatery down in July, fearing the rigged electric system could result in a deadly explosion.

He is suing for $550,000, while Kushner is countersuing Wasjwol’s company for $48,000 for breaking its lease. That case is still pending.

Kushner may be spending even more time away from his properties as he is reportedly close to having a top role in the Donald Trump White House. [NYP]Rich Bockmann


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Kushner Companies ends legal battle, resumes Jersey City project

Kushner Companies ends legal battle, resumes Jersey City project

Kushner Companies ends legal battle, resumes Jersey City project
Charles Kushner and 329-335 East 9th Street (Google Maps, iStock)

Kushner Cos hit with class-action suit over illegal rent collection

Kushner Cos hit with class-action suit over illegal rent collection
Jared Kushner and Cadre CEO Ryan Williams (Getty, iStock)

Jared Kushner’s plan to unload Cadre stake shelved by pandemic

Jared Kushner’s plan to unload Cadre stake shelved by pandemic
Extell Development president Gary Barnett and Kushner Companies founder Charles Kushner with a rendering The Lofts at Pier Village in New Jersey (Rendering via Extell Development)

Kushner Cos. buys Gary Barnett out of development on NJ waterfront

Kushner Cos. buys Gary Barnett out of development on NJ waterfront
Jared Kushner (Getty)

Jared Kushner will keep his stake in Cadre, for now

Jared Kushner will keep his stake in Cadre, for now
229 West 43rd Street and Charlie Kushner (Google Maps, Getty)

Kushner Companies’ Times Square retail condo headed to auction

Kushner Companies’ Times Square retail condo headed to auction
666 Fifth Avenue and Brian Kingston (Google Maps, Brookfield)

Brookfield buys out another tenant at 666 Fifth

Brookfield buys out another tenant at 666 Fifth
Photo illustration of Kusher Companies President Laurent Morali, Charles Kushner and the GM Building (Credit: Sasha Maslov, iStock, Trump Organization)

Kushner Companies moving from 666 Fifth to GM Building

Kushner Companies moving from 666 Fifth to GM Building
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...