The owner of a West Village penthouse where actor Robert De Niro once lived is blaming the building’s co-op board for repeatedly scuttling the sale of the $18 million pad.
In a new lawsuit, the owner, William Monaghan, claims the three-member co-op board at 165 Perry Street is demanding he pay $2.7 million in fines before he can sell the place.
“It’s a stickup,” Jethro Eisenstein, Monaghan’s attorney, told the New York Post.
Monaghan, who bought the former warehouse in 1977, converted it to a residential building in 1979. He later added a second floor to make the 9,000-square-foot penthouse.
In the suit, Monaghan claims the board fined him nearly $3 million for adding the penthouse decades after the fact. Board members have also put the kibosh on two potential sales, including an $18.2 million offer in March, according to the suit.
De Niro camped out at the West Village pad for two years after his home at 88 Central Park West was damaged in a fire. The spread has five bedrooms, two levels of outdoor space and a private garage. [NYP] — E.B. Solomont