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Treasury Department Street Tough Roughs Up NYC Real Estate Brokers On Gang-Ridden Central Park West

This pair of Brown Harris Stevens messed with the wrong buyer!
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By day, Antonio Weiss, formerly head of investment banking at Lazard, works as an advisor to the Secretary Treasury. By later on in the day, according to a new lawsuit, he allegedly (!) strong-arms Manhattan real estate brokers through a gang network he's a boss of called The Weissguys.

Madeline McKenna and Jeffrey Levitas claim in their Manhattan Supreme Court lawsuit that the firm, Brown Harris Stevens, withheld their commission for the $7.4 million Central Park West condo they sold to Antonio Weiss, counselor to the secretary of the US Treasury. The brokers say in the suit that Weiss won a fierce bidding war for his dream pad but then threw a tantrum over the eventual sale price.
He then threatened Brown Harris Stevens into keeping the brokers’ portion of the payment, they say. “It’s my opinion that [Weiss] was totally pissed off that he did not get the apartment for what he wanted to pay for it,” McKenna told The Post. “We believe that once he got the apartment for 7.4 . . . his ego wanted money back.” Weiss bullied the company’s president, Hall Willkie, the brokers alleged.

Speaking of Gangs of New York (-Based Real Estate), little known fact: among the sub gangs of brokers, throwing a pair of loafers over a telephone pole is to send a message to other broker gangs, "I sell this block." If McKenna and Levitas think Weiss makes it hard for them to do business, wait until they run into the boys from Sotheby's Real Estate, The His And Her Closets. They'll make Weiss look practically fraternal.

Realtors say Treasury big shot bullied them out of $185K [NYP]


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