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The owner of a Tribeca apartment that has allegedly been turned into an underground nightclub can go into the pad with police and even lock out the tenant if he doesn’t stop holding the parties, a Manhattan judge ruled Tuesday.
“I’m in agreement that action has to be taken and it has to be taken quickly,” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Shlomo Hagler said during a video hearing.
The owner of 81 Hudson St. sued tenant Kurt David — along with his mom — last month, alleging he has been holding massive, weekly boozy bashes where mask-free attendees paid up to $100 for entry.
“Quite frankly [David] was gloating and flouting the law saying there is COVID everywhere but here,” Hagler said of the tenant’s alleged social media posts, of which screenshots were included in the case.
David was not present for the video hearing, nor does it appear he has hired a lawyer to represent him as no court papers have been filed on his behalf to date.
Hagler told a lawyer for owner Eisdorfer 60 LLC that “you may seek the assistance of the New York City Police Department to gain access … you may even change the locks if [David] does not cooperate in order to obtain the inspections you need.”
“This is a serious matter. You cannot flout the laws and get away with it in my court,” Hagler said. “This court is permitting and granting all the relief you are seeking as to Mr. David.”
Earlier in the hearing, Eisdorfer lawyer Melissa Levin told the judge that her client has received violations from the city Department of Sanitation, the Department of Buildings and the Fire Department seeking to get into the apartment — some of which also include fines.
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