Thursday, April 25, 2024

Tuesday: Help Stop the “Maisels” from Wrecking Lower 5th Avenue with a 200 Foot Billionaire’s Tower


Joel Maisel isn’t a real person, but his portrayer on “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is actor Michael Zegen.

On Tuesday, the Landmarks Preservation Commission will hear another plea to stop Zegen’s real life real estate developer brothers from knocking down two 170 old buildings in the landmarked Greenwich Village Historic district.

Josh and Marc Zegen own a real estate development company called Madison Realty Capital. They want to demolish14-16 Fifth Avenue, between 8th and 9th Streets, and replace the two small unassuming structures with a 230 foot tower of mindblowingly expensive apartments only billionaires could afford. The ground floor would be some kind of expensive retail establishment that no one in our neighborhood wants or needs.

We would like a supermarket, but they’ve been driven out of the area by greedy real estate developers and landlords.

Click here to sign the petition to stop the demolition.

Apparently, the new building would have fewer apartments than the ones already there. And the people who live in 14-16 would be replaced by Wall Street financiers and foreign investors.

Ironically, I reported that last week a brawl broke out just two blocks away during a remote shoot for “Mrs. Maisel.” Star Rachel Brosnahan was accosted by a Washington Square habituee who put another man in a headlock. Michael Zegen wasn’t there. But his brothers can always describe the incident to their prospective buyers of $30 million apartments.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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