Haysha Deitsch plans to build luxury apartments on Fourth Avenue

Embattled Slope nursing-home owner plans luxury apartments on Fourth Ave

Going up: The auto shops on Fourth Avenue, between President and Carroll streets, where developer Haysha Deitsch has applied to build an 11-story apartment tower with a pet spa, according to plans filed with the city.
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Out with the old, and in with the new development.

A landlord who last year tried to shuffle seniors out of his Grand Army Plaza old folks’ home after claiming it was too cash-strapped to stay open recently paid almost $10 million for a pair of properties on nearby Fourth Avenue, where he now plans to erect a luxury apartment building.

Prospect Park Residence owner Haysha Deitsch intends to erect an 11-story complex with a pet spa, children’s playroom, and a penthouse suite with a private roof deck on the site of two auto repair shops between President and Carroll streets, according to plans filed with the Department of Buildings on Wednesday, as first reported by New York Yimby.

Deitsch in June paid $6.5 million for L-and-B Auto Repair and $3.3 million for neighboring car detailing outfit Millionaires Playground, according to Epic Commercial Realty, which handled the sale.

Construction is slated to begin in six months, according to architect Sina Mesdaghi.

Deitsch has been embroiled in a court battle with a handful of elderly tenants at his Prospect Park West nursing home since June last year, after the facility in March announced it was closing down due to financial woes and gave tenants three months’ notice to scram — which their family members claim was not enough time to relocate their frail loved ones.

This paper later revealed that Deitsch, who originally purchased the property for around $40 million, had agreed to sell the building to real estate investors for $76 million more than a month before the closure was announced.

The court ordered Deitsch to keep the residence open and continue providing services for the holdouts throughout the litigation, but the oldsters and their families claim he has instead cut amenities — serving sub-par food, axing staff, and refusing to turn on central air conditioning — while jacking up their rent.

Deitsch’s attorney told this paper the fee-hike was fair because it is costing his client a fortune to keep the 100-room facility open for his court-room foes, whose numbers have now dwindled down to seven.

A judge in April appointed a nursing-home manager to take over the home to ensure the residents were being properly cared for after he said the facility failed to fix numerous health and safety violations. But Deitsch and the state refused to cover his operating costs, and after three months, the court forced the operator to cough up the money.

Many of the residents who were forced to move out last year said they were happy at the facility, but it has also been the target of other lawsuits. The nephew of “kung-fu judge” John Phillips filed a wrongful death suit against the home after his uncle died there in 2008, following what he claimed was a period of severe neglect during which he was denied heat and a diabetic diet. Deitsch settled out of court for $750,000 in February.

L-and-B Auto Repair will move to a new location on 24th Street between Third and Fourth avenues, according to an employee.

Deitsch did not return calls for comment.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

I so happy I moved out of Brooklyn..... I invite everyone to google Haysha Deitsch.....
Sept. 15, 2015, 9:51 am
jjm from c. hill says:
Personally i am against this but if they managed to get the approval for this they hey, let them go ahead & built this. It just means more marks for the muggers & burglars from the surrounding housing projects.
Sept. 15, 2015, 10:40 am
Robert Stillman from Queens says:
Since this property isn't even available and once it is, will be very expensive, it would be wise to look for other options. Are you looking for 2 bedroom apartments for rent in Queens, NY? If so, hit on the previous link which will take you to the Kings & Queens website where you can search for apartments by neighborhood. Yes, if you want to be closer to your favorite aunt or restaurant, it is possible. Check out what is available in the areas you prefer. Good luck.
Sept. 15, 2015, 11:56 am
Charles from Bklyn says:
Why the city affords a potential landlord like this any breaks or permits to do anything is beyond comprehension. Seems like only the courts maintain their independence and avoid corruption.

And as for marks, jjm (above) is marked for a gentrification removal to Jersey. Goodbye!
Sept. 15, 2015, 2:34 pm
Benny from Park Slope says:
How is this Deitsch creature able to operate anywhere anymore? Everything I've ever read about him makes him sound like a lowlife scummer and criminal and probably a sociopath. But hey -- when you're politically connected and part of certain so-called "communities" in this town (communities = tribal syndicates) you can get away with anything, no matter how much of a douche-bowl and greedhead you might be.
Sept. 16, 2015, 11:29 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
How much luxury housing does 4th Avenue really need? I feel that there should be some affordable housing to help balance that out. Another thing is that the construction of all this new housing isn't just taken down places that have long served that area, but also leading to more traffic on what's already a major thoroughfare for commercial vehicles that are using this road on a normal basis especially since they can't go on so many other streets.
Sept. 16, 2015, 2:27 pm

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