“Grinch” landlord evicts kids and seniors on Christmas Eve

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a good Grinch story, and this year that story comes in the form of Victor Einhorn, the new owner of the building housing the Swinging Sixties Senior Center in Williamsburg.

The center houses a daycare, an after-school and a senior program. Mr. Einhorn gifted the senior citizens and kids who use the building an eviction notice this year, giving them until the end of January to vacate the premises.

The move has been widely criticized as contrary to the holidays, and Community Board 1 member Jan Peterson claims “He knew what he was doing when he served those papers on Christmas Eve.” Mr. Peterson suspects that the center is being demolished to make room for condos.

The fight is on to save the building, and the outlook seems cautiously optimistic for advocates of the center. The programs housed in the center have received city funding for decades, and Mr. Peterson hopes that he can rally city politicians to talk down the current landlords.

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