Prospect-Lefferts Gardens residents are voicing their concerns over a landlord and what he intends to do when he brings his business to their neighborhood. Recently, Moses Fried was given permission by the city to transform an abandoned building on Parkside Avenue into an “apartment-hotel” where individual suites can be rented for 30-day stretches, according to WPIX.com.
Fried doesn’t have the best of reputations. His hotel in downtown Brooklyn was shuttered due to “building violations,” while a property he runs in Clinton Hill “was shut down for a short while in 2006 after cops found illegal sexual activity there.” That location was closed again this year “for building code violations.”
For his part, Fried claims the employees who incurred the illegal sexual activity charges in Clinton Hill were acting without his knowledge and were fired, and adds that he wouldn’t let any illegal activity go on because “he is a very religious person.” He says he’ll be catering to “students and tourists” at his new hotel.
Residents of Prospect-Lefferts Gardens will just have to wait and see.