Harry Adjmi, one of the leading figures in the Syrian Jewish community that owns much of the city’s retail, has recovered after a close call with Covid-19.
Adjmi returned to his home in Flatbush earlier this month after spending two weeks on a respirator, The Yeshiva World reported.
The coronavirus has spread rampantly throughout the city, and once someone is put on a respirator they have a relatively small chance of recovering. Gov. Andrew Cuomo earlier this month estimated that only 20 percent of Covid-19 patients who are placed on a respirator survive.
Adjmi returned home Easter Sunday, a day after another prominent member of the Syrian Jewish community succumbed to the disease.
Crown Acquisitions’ Stanley Chera died at the age of 77 after being taken to New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center in late March. Chera is the highest-profile real estate figure to lose his life to the coronavirus.
Adjmi has been in the wholesale import business for more than 40 years, according to the website for one of his companies, One Step Up. He and his brother Alex head A&H Acquisitions, which owns a substantial portfolio of retail properties nationwide. Both Adjmis own homes in the seaside resort town of Deal, N.J., where many members of their community own second homes.
Chera had fled the city to his home in Deal to avoid the pandemic, but fell ill nonetheless. His wife, Frieda, also contracted Covid-19 but survived. [YeshivaWorld] — Rich Bockmann
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