Michael Cohen, 2017 – Before Trump, The Devil is in the Details

Michael Cohen Before Trump

Many do not realize that before taking on the position of Trump’s personal lawyer, an integral part of his White House operations, Michael Cohen was an attorney and a real estate investor, amongst the many things he did… and was adept at. It should not go unforgotten that man of his investments involved other people, other businesses, other collaborators.

Those activities should not get lost between the cracks of his entanglements with Trump. The tiger’s stripes did not change color. They just got carried away. Pay attention to what is below, in red.

Michael Cohen says so

The attorney has made a career out of battling for Donald Trump. What will his next act look like?

Gene “The Taxi King” Freidman’s bromance with Michael Cohen began in small claims court in the 1990s. The two men, sparring over a stolen client, had more in common than they knew: They owned rival taxi businesses, but were also both lawyers and came to court prepared to fight.

What played out in front of the judge was a legal dance better suited to a more intricate case than a $5,000 claim.

“The judge said, ‘It doesn’t even matter who wins. That was the most incredible bit of lawyering I’ve seen in small claims court,’” Freidman recounted, roughly 20 years later. The two men became close friends, and Cohen helped name Freidman’s oldest son, Dylan.

Michael D. Cohen has made a career out of brawling, most notoriously for his longtime boss Donald Trump. As special counsel and executive vice president of the Trump Organization, he’s repeatedly gone to bat for Trump against rivals, critics and the press, earning a reputation as the mogul’s “pit bull” and his “Karl Rove.”

Now, Cohen is taking on a new role as President Trump’s personal attorney. He won’t represent Trump in matters involving the White House, but rather cases involving the president as an individual, such as a defamation lawsuit filed just two days before the inauguration by a former contestant of “The Apprentice.”

The parameters of Cohen’s new role aren’t yet finalized, and he wouldn’t reveal where he will exactly work — just that he’ll be wherever the new president wants him.

“If (Trump) wants me to sit in the Oval Office, I’ll be at the Oval Office,” he said. “If he wants me in New York, I’ll be in New York.”

It’s common for presidents to hire personal attorneys to handle their own affairs, but Cohen will likely be busier than those who’ve held a similar position, due to Trump’s myriad business ties and the litigation that has already sprung up since he’s taken office.

“This is going to be a lot more complex,” said Richard Painter, who served as President George W. Bush’s ethics lawyer from 2005 to 2007 and filed a lawsuit against Trump in late January for not divesting from the Trump Organization or placing his assets in a blind trust. “He’s going to be running to this personal attorney for all his business affairs, and then see what he’s going to want to share with the White House.”

The Donald and I

Cohen’s loyalty to Trump springs from a few things. For one, he’s been on the Trump Organization’s payroll for more than a decade, so defending his boss is partly an act of self-preservation. But his dedication is also tied up in his reverence for the man who hired him, whose buildings he invested in, and whose presence in the global spotlight for more than 30 years has elevated his own perch.

“To those of us who are close to Mr. Trump, he is more than our boss,” Cohen told the Jewish Chronicle last year. “He is our patriarch.”

Roger Stone, a Republican political consultant and longtime Trump confidant, said Cohen is a “a guy you want in your corner. You want him in the trenches. The guy’s a fighter.”

Cohen, 50, grew up on Long Island, the second of four children. His mother was a nurse and his father, a Nazi concentration camp escapee, was a surgeon. By his own account, he was a bit of a troublemaker as a child, a perennial guest in the principal’s office. After college at American University and law school at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School, he did a stint at a personal-injury malpractice firm and later made partner at Phillips Nizer.

Like his boss, Cohen had political aspirations of his own and, also like Trump, has hopped parties. He worked for Massachusetts Democratic Gov. Michael Dukakis’ failed presidential campaign in 1988. He then ran as a Republican for a City Council seat on the Upper East Side in 2003, losing handily to incumbent Eva Moskowitz. He also briefly campaigned for a New York State Senate seat in 2009. He’s a registered Democrat and actually voted for Barack Obama in 2008, though he told ABC in 2011 that he became disillusioned with the president. Also like his boss, Cohen admired Hillary Clinton at one time, referring to her and Patrick Kennedy as “great Americans” in a 2014 tweet. (He also seems to share Trump’s proclivity for Twitter in general — though Cohen’s more of a retweeter and responder. Some favorite retorts to trolls include “ass clown” and “lib-tard,” though he’s lately taken to a simpler response: #troll #bye.)

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As an investor, Cohen has dabbled in several ventures. In 2003, he bought into a Miami cruise ship under the name MLA Cruises, now inactive. He owns more than 15 taxi companies, whose medallions are managed by Freidman. Before that, another “Taxi King,” Simon Garber, managed the medallions, but that arrangement ended in an ugly contract dispute. Though Cohen’s medallions are incredibly valuable, the taxi medallion business has taken body blows of late from the likes of Uber and Lyft. Freidman is now in a legal quagmire of his own over defaulted loans.

“He’s been very successful,” Steve Witkoff, CEO of Witkoff, said of Cohen’s taxi businesses. “I’m sure he got in early.”

Cohen’s been a Trump admirer since at least high school. In 2011, he told ABC that he’d read “The Art of the Deal” twice as a teenager.

“With Mr. Trump, I think he has developed a very close relationship and a deep loyalty for a man he considers sort of giant,” said Marc Kasowitz, another attorney who has worked for Trump for more than a decade. “Not just in the real estate business, but as an important figure in the U.S. and the world.”

Over the past two decades, Cohen has made several real estate deals of his own. He owns an Upper East Side rental building known as Stonehenge 63, which he bought from Ofer Yardeni in 2015 for $58 million. That same year, he sold three rental buildings at 

237 Henry Street

239 Henry Street and

235 East 27th Street for a combined $9.25 million. In 2014, he sold a rental building at 172 Rivington Street for $10 million.

“He’s one of those old-school people who, if he shakes your hand, the deal is done,” said Richard Guarino, a broker at Friedman-Roth Realty Services who met Cohen in 2010 when selling him the Rivington Street property. “He’s an all-around good guy.”

He’s also been a rabid bettor on Trump’s properties. He started with a Trump World Tower pad in 2001, and he convinced his parents and in-laws to buy there too, according to the New York Post. He later bought at Trump Palace And Trump Park Avenue.

Sources said Cohen first caught Trump’s eye when he began investing in his properties. Cohen clarified that Donald Trump Jr., who he got to know through his investments, recommended him as an attorney to his father. He joined the Trump Organization in 2006.

“He has invested in my buildings because he likes to make money – and he does,” Trump told the Post in 2007. “In short, he’s a very smart person.”

New year, new job

Good-looking in a former fraternity brother sort of way, with dark brown eyes, a symmetrical face, and a full head of lightly graying hair, Cohen is a practiced schmoozer. At a party the day before the inauguration, guests remarked that he’d have to get used to being in the limelight now that his boss had ascended to the nation’s highest office. He replied that Trump hired him because they share a similar personality; he’d be able to handle the extra attention.

But when it comes to talking to the media — when he doesn’t want to — Cohen can be taciturn. In both phone and in-person interviews with TRD, Cohen paused for several seconds before answering in slow, deliberate sentences, as if dictating a legal brief to a sluggish typist. When asked what his new job will entail, Cohen answered: “Whatever is personal to him that necessitates handling.”

Witkoff noted that Cohen likely had other job opportunities over the years but chose to stay with Trump — a decision that has clearly paid off.

“He’s trusted by the president because he’s been with Donald for a long period of time,” Witkoff said. “That’s exactly the kind of person you want around you. He’s fiercely protective of those who are his friends and those he represents.”

Before Cohen announced his new gig, some friends had speculated that he coveted the chief of staff position. At the time, Freidman said he hoped Cohen would stay with the Trump Organization to help Trump’s sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, keep the business running smoothly.

“I got children, and I’m a businessman,” Freidman said. “You love leaving your business to your children, but you always want at least one guy to stay around and make sure everything’s okay.”

But Cohen resigned from the Trump Organization to avoid any perceived conflicts of interest, and he denied that he ever went for the chief of staff gig.

Kathleen Clark, a government ethics expert at Washington University in St. Louis, noted that keeping Cohen out of a White House position was likely a deliberate move by Trump to maintain attorney-client privilege with one of his most trusted employees.

“There’s nothing more than an illusion of separation with Trump’s businesses,” she said.

Says who?

As legal counsel at the Trump Organization, Cohen has primarily served as a liaison with other attorneys – he rarely appears in court himself, a review of Trump-related litigation shows. Instead, his role involves serving as Trump’s fixer on a wide range of matters.

For example, he helped Trump manage Affliction Entertainment, a mixed martial arts entertainment company that collapsed in 2009, according to Politico. In 2012, when Trump was mulling a presidential run, Cohen launched a website, “Should Trump Run?” to gauge interest.

He’s also frequently Trump’s media enforcer. In 2013, he told the New Yorker that New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman would probably have to resign after deciding to pursue a $40 million fraud lawsuit against Trump University. In 2015, a reporter at the Daily Beast got a taste of his wrath, when asking about a divorce deposition that accused Trump of raping ex-wife, Ivana Trump. At first, Cohen asserted that “you can’t rape your spouse.” When that line of argument didn’t work, he threatened the reporter.

“I’m warning you, tread very fucking lightly, because what I’m going to do to you is going to be fucking disgusting. You understand me?” He later apologized for the remarks.

“He’s taken his lumps now and then,” Stone said. “He’s not a politician. He’s a straight talker.”

Cohen shot to national fame in August after a heated exchange with a CNN reporter went viral. The reporter, Brianna Keilar, noted that Trump was down in the polls, prompting Cohen to respond with “Says who?” Keiler responded with “Polls. Most of them. All of them.” He again responded with “Says who?” At the time, the exchange was portrayed as the equivalent of an interrogation with a child who will only respond with “I know what you are, but what am I?”

Most recently, various media reports alleged that Cohen worked as a Russian collaborator, based on an unverified dossier that officials later confirmed referred to a different Michael Cohen.

“None of this bothers me at all,” Cohen told TRD. “Why worry about something that has no basis in truth? It’s just another attempt to malign a good man.”

During the 2016 campaign, Cohen helped lead Trump’s African-American outreach efforts and now serves as co-chair of the National Diversity Coalition for Donald Trump. The president has had a precarious — to say the least — relationship with the black community, punctuated by an endorsement from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and his suggestion that a Black Lives Matter protester perhaps deserved to be “roughed up” by his supporters. But in September, Cohen gave a spirited speech in Trump’s defense at a church in Cleveland. Channeling Jimmy Cannon’s famous description of Joe Louis, he said Trump “believes that all people are part of one race, the human race.”

Cohen’s also shown a willingness to fight for himself. In July 2014, he tweeted angrily at American Airlines after a stewardess accidentally tore his Dolce & Gabbana suit jacket. A month later, Cohen took aim at Hamptons landlord Ali Guy, suing him for renting him a Sagaponack home that Cohen alleged came with child-size beds and broken air-conditioning. Cohen permanently dropped the lawsuit in June 2016, but court documents provide a taste of what it’s like to square off with him.

“As I warned you, I am not going to waste another second on this,” he wrote in an August email to Guy. “I will handle this the only way I know how. Be warned.”

In one exchange with Guy, the landlord told Cohen that he could simply open the windows. He also noted that the house was equipped with precisely the beds promised in his lease. He requested Cohen to not “threaten” him anymore, and ended the email with: “by the way, you got a bargain with this house.”

Eleven minutes later, Cohen replied: “If you want to sleep with the windows open, that’s your choice,” he wrote. “Don’t choose for me as you did by telling me to have my six-foot-tall 14-year-old to sleep in a bed for Lilliputians.”

The email ended with an exclamation right out of the book of Trump: “Your bargain is no bargain. Disgusting!”


The Allure Of Luxury Housing at the Expense of the Elderly – 2266 Cropsey Ave.

Allure Group planning luxury rentals on Brooklyn nursing home site

The firm behind the Rivington House sale is building a 243-unit project

UPDATED, Nov. 7, 5:03 p.m.: Allure Group, the real estate developer at the center of the Rivington House nursing home scandal, is filing permits to build a luxury rental project on a site that also houses a Brooklyn senior facility.

The firm and its partner Landpex Development are looking to build a 30-story rental property at 2266 Cropsey Avenue in Bath Beach, according to documents filed with the Department of Buildings on Wednesday.

Allure and Landpex filed the permits under alternate addresses 2230 Cropsey Avenue and 1625 Shore Parkway. City records show a rectangular site, which runs the length of Cropsey Avenue between Bay 23rd Street and 23rd Avenue and is home to the King David Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, a facility that provides long-term care for seniors. Allure told The Real Deal that the filing is not for the site of the senior facility. It is for the adjacent parking lot it also owns and a row of houses beyond. The company also said that the senior home will remain open, and that it plans to invest $10 million in the property.

The new plans call for a 243-unit residential complex that spans 222,300 square feet. The proposed structure will be divided between 196,000 square feet of residential space and 26,300 square feet for a community facility. If approved as proposed, the building would be 326 feet tall. Amenities would include a fitness room and recreation area for tenants, a pool, a men’s spa and an outdoor lounge on the 23rd floor. There will also be a community day care facility on the ground floor.

Allure acquired the property for $30.1 million in 2015, property records show. It was previously owned by the Sephardic Home for the Aged. The firm took out a $55.4 million mortgage on the property last June.

Allure, headed by Joel Landau, was a central figure in the Rivington House scandal. It paid a $2 million legal settlement following an investigation by then-Attorney General Eric Schneiderman into the sale of the deed-restricted Lower East Side nursing home. It sold the building for $116 million in 2015 to Slate Property Group, which had planned a luxury housing development at the site.

Landpex’s Joseph Flakowitz hung up the phone when asked about the project.




Rehab Consortium Nabs Bensonhurst Nursing Home for $30M

2266 Cropsey Avenue

Allure Group, a for-profit consortium of rehabilitation centers, has purchased what was called the Sephardic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Bensonhurst. The property sold for $30.1 million on Dec 31, according to public records filed with the city on Tuesday.

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The site at 2266 Cropsey Avenue between Bay 32nd Street and 23rd Avenue, sold by Sephardic Home for the Aged, is comprised of 83,388 square feet, according to PropertyShark.

Under Allure’s ownership, the facility is now known as the King David Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation. The company runs four other facilities across Brooklyn, one in Queens and one in Manhattan, according to its website.

“We are excited to extend our group’s reach to a new neighborhood in Brooklyn,” said Melissa Guglielmo, Allure’s chief operating officer, in a press release. “We’re proud to show a new community what we are all about.”

While less hyped, southwest Brooklyn has dramatically increased its volume of real estate activity recently, as Commercial Observer previously reported.

Based on Sephardic Home for the Aged’s website, the facility was a non-profit organization whose mission was to care for the Jewish elderly. The site was also used as a space for community meetings, such as jobs information nights listed on the Bensonhurst Bean. The status of the non-profit is unclear, though it shares the same address and phone number as King David Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation.

Both Sephardic Home and Allure Group declined to comment.


The Allure to Find a Settlement – An Alluring Proposal?


Nursing home chain looks to future after scandal

Allure’s $2 million settlement clears it to grow again

Marvin Rubin and Joel Landau
Photo: Buck Ennis
Marvin Rubin and Joel Landau were blocked from acquiring nursing homes during the state’s investigation.

The Allure Group, a Brooklyn nursing home chain, has been mired in a major real estate scandal during more than 20 months of city and state investigations. Now it’s finally poised to pursue its stalled growth plans after reaching a settlement with the state late last year.

Allure, run by operators Joel Landau and Marvin and Solomon Rubin, agreed to pay $2 million in penalties and charitable contributions to local nonprofits in a deal with state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, announced Jan. 5.

The agreement marks the end of the state’s investigation into Allure’s closing and subsequent sale of Rivington House on the Lower East Side as well as its closing of a second facility, CABS Nursing Home, in central Brooklyn. For community groups, it opens up the possibility that the city will finally get new long-term-care facilities in neighborhoods that sorely need them. But mistrust persists. “They have to be watched,” said K Webster, who leads the Lower East Side community group Neighbors to Save Rivington.

In February 2015 Allure purchased Rivington House, an HIV/AIDS facility on the Lower East Side, for $28 million. It sold the building a year later to luxury housing developers for $116 million, provoking an outcry from the community, the media and the city.

Allure will pay $750,000 in fines and contribute $1.25 million to health care nonprofits on the Lower East Side. It also committed to spend $10 million in the next five years to establish health care facilities both in central Brooklyn and on the Lower East Side. Allure must run them for at least eight years each.

Roadblocks lifted

Schneiderman withdrew his objection to Allure’s purchase of Greater Harlem Nursing Home on West 138th Street, where Allure has served as the state-appointed receiver of the financially distressed facility since 2014. Under the settlement, Allure must keep the facility open for at least nine years.

Allure can now resume the expansion plans that Schneiderman blocked in 2016 during the investigation. “Now that the roadblocks holding up our full control have been lifted, we look forward to turning our Harlem center into a world-class facility similar to all other Allure facilities,” Landau said.

Landau and the Rubins entered the nursing home business in 2010 with the backing of Leibel Rubin, Marvin and Solomon’s father, who has run nursing homes for decades. The partners bought the vacant nursing home portion of the former Victory Memorial Hospital in Bay Ridge for $20 million and set up Hamilton Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Landau and the Rubins went on to acquire four more Brooklyn facilities. They successfully raised occupancy at these struggling locations. Its six homes generate about $200 million a year in revenue, according to Landau.

When they sought to buy Rivington House from nonprofit VillageCare, the property had a deed restriction that required it to be used as a nonprofit residential health care facility.

Because Allure is a for-profit company, the city informed Landau and Marvin Rubin that they would have to pay $16 million to lift that restriction. Landau told the city that the price, which was five times higher than anyone had ever paid to lift a deed restriction, undermined the financial viability of operating a Medicaid-funded nursing home.

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The Allure Group – $48.4M Refi for Crown Heights Nursing Home

No Mr. Landau – No picture of you here!

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Firm tied to Rivington House scandal scores $48M refi in Crown Heights

The Allure Group just landed a $48.4 million loan to refinance a Crown Heights nursing home.

Maryland-based Andrews Federal Credit Union provided a new loan of $13.4 million, which is being consolidated with $36 million in previous debt, records filed with the city’s Department of Finance on Thursday show. The remaining principal on the previous loan is $34.9 million.

Allure purchased the facility at 810 St. Marks Avenue — known as the Crown Heights Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation Center — in 2014 for $13 million.

Representatives for Allure declined to comment on the refinancing.

Allure, which is led by Joel Landau and specializes in nursing homes, was at the center of the Rivington House controversy. The company purchased 45 Rivington Street in 2015 for $28 million. After succeeding in getting a deed restriction on the property lifted, the company sold the nursing home to Slate Property Group for a $72 million profit. Last year, the city admitted that it didn’t have a legal case against Allure for flipping the property.

Earlier this month, Allure prevailed over a lawsuit filed by residents of CABS Nursing Home in Bedford-Stuyvesant. CABS filed a lawsuit against Allure last year, claiming the company forced out residents soon after buying the facility in 2015. The lawsuit was dismissed Oct. 4, though the nursing home has filed a notice of appeal.


The Allure of Stealing Identities – Will the real Joel Landau of Rivington Please Take a Bow.


Dear Mr. Joel Landau (not Rabbi Landau):

At the risk of violating your attorney’s copyright claims, we did not use your picture. You might have wanted us to in this instance since it looks like your name is being used in multiple places. 

Dear Rabbi Landau (not Joel Landau of Rivington fame (notoriety):

Please submit a photo of yourself if you would like us to publish a clear and unequivocal distinction. We hope to be of some assistance in clearing this up for you. We did not even seek out a publicly available photograph since your identity appears to have been trampled on enough.



California rabbi says he’s not the Joel Landau promoting Allure Group online

Online posts use San Francisco man’s photo and bio to talk up shamed real estate firm

A California rabbi named Joel Landau says he has nothing to do with posts made online under that name promoting the Allure Group.

The San Francisco rabbi’s photo and biography were used to promote the Allure Group, run by a different Joel Landau, to promote the company online, the New York Daily News reported.

A post on the Times of Israel website, for example, talks about growth in the healthcare sector and points to Allure as a firm that “managed to position themselves as the best possible alternative for elderly patients, providing them with affordable quality care.”

The post then links to the website of Allure’s Landau, who played a key role in removing a deed restriction from the Lower East Side’s Rivington House before selling the property to Slate Property Group, China Vanke and Adam America Real Estate for $116 million.

The Landau based out of San Francisco said he had nothing to do with the posts.

“For some strange reason, someone is using me to blog,” the rabbi said. “Anyone who does a little bit of research on Allure sees that they’re embroiled in some less than savory things.”

“None of that is mine,” he added. “Absolutely, positively nothing. Zilch.”

Allure, which specializes in nursing homes, did not return a request for comment. In December, CABS Nursing Home filed a lawsuit against Allure, claiming the company forced out residents shortly after buying the property, and it ultimately led to the deaths of some of the facility’s residents.


Rabbi Joel Landau of San Francisco Identity Stolen by Joel Landau of Rivington?

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Health care firm with ties to Rivington nursing home accused of stealing San Francisco rabbi’s identity

A California rabbi says his identity has been stolen in an apparent effort to promote a controversial health care firm tied to the Rivington House scandal and run by a man of the same name.

Rabbi Joel Landau of San Francisco had his photo and biography used in a series of online posts he says he had nothing to do with — some promoting the Allure Group, run in New York by a different Joel Landau.

Allure is the company that got a deed restriction lifted on the lowest East Side nursing home Rivington House — then sold the building at a huge profit to a condo developer, sparking a series of investigations.

“For some strange reason, someone is using me to blog,” Rabbi Joel Landau said. “Anyone who does a little bit of research on Allure sees that they’re embroiled in some less than savory things.”

City fires official at center of Rivington deed restriction flub

One post published on the Times of Israel website discusses the growth of the healthcare sector, before citing Allure as a company that “managed to position themselves as the best possible alternative for elderly patients, providing them with affordable quality care” and linking to the website of Allure principal Joel Landau.

Posts were also published under Rabbi Landau’s picture about Israel technology and Jewish immigration in Boston, and a Twitter account was created in his name that linked to the various posting.

“None of that is mine,” said Landau. “Absolutely, positively nothing. Zilch.”

“It’s a really bizarre story,” he said.

A call to Allure on Sunday was not returned.



Joel Landau – Have You no Shame? An Allure of Disgust – but no photo of your face!


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Allure demands lender pay $40M for Brooklyn nursing home

Joel Landau’s firm and Sabre Group are fighting over terms of loan default

March 06, 2017 01:40PM
By Kathryn Brenzel

The Allure Group fired back against a lawsuit filed by its lender on a Brooklyn nursing home, claiming that the financial firm should pay $40 million for the property.


Allure, headed by Joel Landau, claims that the Sabre Group must pay $40 million for 270 Nostrand Avenue and an additional $6 million because the sale of the property didn’t close on time, according to documents filed in state Supreme Court. Allure, one of the developers at the center of the Rivington House scandal, maintains that “the express and unambiguous provisions” of the mortgage it received from Sabre require the Midtown firm to pay $40 million for the property.

A spokesperson for Sabre would only say that Allure has “been in default for quite some time and that’s why we’re pursuing our claims.”

Sabre sued Allure in December, accusing the company of failing to repay a $20 million loan it provided to acquire the Brooklyn nursing home. Allure purchased CABS Nursing Home in Bedford-Stuyvesant in 2015 for $15.5 million. Sabre claims that, under the terms of the mortgage, it can purchase the nursing home for $25 million because Allure defaulted.

But Allure alleges that because the property was vacant and had no pending litigation at the time that Sabr tried to act on its purchase right, the lender is on the hook for higher purchasing price. The landlord also claims that a liquidated damages provision in the mortgage requires Sabr to put $6 million toward the outstanding balance on its loan, since the financial firm failed to acquire the property after Allure repeatedly scheduled closing dates.

Landau declined to comment.

In December, the city admitted that it did not have a legal case against Allure, despite Mayor Bill de Blasio’s promise to sue the company for flipping 45 Rivington Street. Allure made $72 million when it sold the property to Slate Property Group. In April, New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued subpoenas after Allure filed demolition plans for the Nostrand property, with the intention of replacing it with a seven-story, 241-unit rental building.

The nursing home filed a lawsuit against Allure in December claiming the company marketed itself as a nursing home business while bidding for the property and instead forced residents out. The lawsuit also notes that the property flip may have led to the deaths of a few nursing home residents, who they say were forced out.