"Satmar Slumlord" or "The Livelihood of the Synagogue?" Menachem Stark's Mixed Legacy

Categories: New York Post

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Surveillance camera footage shows Menachem "Max" Stark forced into a Dodge Caravan outside his office late Thursday night. On Friday afternoon, Stark's badly charred body was discovered in a smoking trash can at a Long Island gas station.

With that information in hand, two local papers dispatched reporters to learn more about Stark. The New York Times found a family man, a pillar of his community whose death drew more than 1,000 to a local synagogue. The New York Post found a scumbag landlord with a long list of enemies -- so many enemies that the paper ran its story with the headline "Who didn't want him dead?"

Here's an excerpt from that Times story:

The authorities did not release information about a motive for the crime, or any word about arrests. A police spokesman said Mr. Stark was known to carry large amounts of cash with him.

On Mr. Stark's street in Williamsburg, neighbors said they were shocked that a man who was known for his generosity could meet such an end. They said Mr. Stark and his wife regularly held parties at their home to raise money for charity."

And, the Post's version:

'Any number of people wanted to kill this guy,' one law-enforcement source said.
'He's a Hasidic Jew from Williamsburg, and we think he's a scammer,' another investigator said of Stark, who had defaulted on more than $30 million in real-estate loans in recent years and owed tens of thousands in penalties for building violations.

'He f-ked over a few people,' the source added.

The characterization of Stark painted by the Post's anonymous sources was swiftly condemned by local politicians.

At a press conference on Sunday, newly-elected Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Councilman Mark Treyger, Councilman David Greenfield, and newly-elected Public Advocate Tish James called on the newspaper to apologize.

"[W]e are disgusted, outraged and appalled that the New York Post would celebrate on their front page the murder of an innocent New Yorker," Greenfield said. James suggested the city boycott the Post by refusing to place public notices in the paper until it apologizes.

The Post did not apologize, but it did run a story about the politicians' press conference, which included this statement from the paper's spokesperson. "The Post does not say Mr. Stark deserved to die, but our reporting showed that he had many enemies, which may have led to the commission of this terrible crime," the spokesperson said, adding, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time of loss."

The two papers are not alone in their disagreement about Stark's legacy -- the debate is also raging on the Yelp page for Southside Associates LLC, Stark's property management company.

On the day that news of his kidnapping first emerged, the Yelp page for his property management company received a spate of four and five star reviews.

"I have dealt with Max Stark in business and he is a good man. A loving and kindhearted, honest human being. Very respectful and true to his word. Max is all about courtesy and professionalism. Definitely a pleasure getting to know him and I look forward to doing future business with people like these!," George F. wrote.

Jesse Z. added, "Very nice ppl in the management team. Especially Mr. Stark. He was very good to me when I had financial difficulties. Good company to do business with!"

Those reviews might have blended seamlessly if Southside Associates LLC had a mixed reputation, but the five reviews stood out because until January 3, the page had logged exclusively negative write-ups with the lowest possible score: 1 star.

"Think of every terrible stereotype and characterization you can possibly imagine when the phrase 'New York City slumlords' enters your head," Jay F. wrote in December. "Be comfortable in the fact that Southside Associates embodies every single one of these attributes."

The four and five star reviews have been flagged for removal from the website.

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29 comments
gmart51875
gmart51875

He was a good man to his fellow Hassids  no one else. It does not make sense how he looked at non Jews as non humans after the holoucost. I guess an Eye For an Eye in the Old Testament is true in this case. May God forgive him and may he be at peace.

zionthelion44
zionthelion44

The guy was a crook and scumbag no matte if he was a Jew or not. He rolled the dice and crapped out.

JeffP26
JeffP26

It's now being reported that his partner is the prime suspect.  So much for the contention that Jews don't kill Jews, that these Jews stick together, and that this was some sort of random or hate crime.


All ethnic groups have both good and bad members.  To pretend otherwise, or cover up the behavior of the bad to somehow "protect" the reputation of the group, will always end in embarrassing failure.

christopher168
christopher168

At the same token, the Jewish community must also embrace the abrupt question as to how this crime came to happen and what it is about Stark or their community that may have incited such behavior in the first place or whether it was just the lonesome act of a madman who may have facilitated such behavior?


As much as any one of us has the right to believe and act in any way that we wish or affirms our belief system one ought to also be aware that sometimes there are points of views and retributions when it comes to transgressive behavior… something that the community ought to be willing to discuss.

http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2014/01/should-the-ny-post-apologize-over-their-menachem-stark-headline/

Philippe Mckay
Philippe Mckay

read of the jewish papers, comments seem to be totally thinking it's racism...i mean it couldn't be because of money? now his yelp listing's are getting a boost? to make him look less scummy?

natiny
natiny

'A pound of flesh' ... nuff said.

RinaldoHorowitz
RinaldoHorowitz

Only the among the ignorant and willfully deceptive is their any question Stark was a huge crook and were he not a member of a politically protected class, he'd almost certainly have faced intense legal scrutiny sooner. It's ironic that such prosecution would have saved his life but there you go...  That a significant % of the Satmars in Williamsburg and upstate NY should be face state and federal RICO charges is also a given but not one District/Federal attorneys, nor newspaper editors, want to deal with seriously. It's a shame too because whatever their esoteric beliefs, these scum with their fake Yeshivas et al exploit their own people as well tax paying public at large.


FACT: the myriad Satmar $$$ rivals have ZERO interest in having this crime solved, even those without any connection to it because if you pull back the truth on Stark and then a WHOLE lot of extremely dirty laundry will also come out.


Nora Saunders
Nora Saunders

Looks the positive ones were removed for violating Yelp's content guidelines. Look at the 'not recommended reviews' link at the bottom of the page.

William L. Shook
William L. Shook

I read the NYT article last night and found this case very intriguing.

brianjlg
brianjlg

Truth hurts.  Obviously, this man thought it was perfectly fine to buy properties, foreclose (which costs you and me money in the end) and have family  members then buy up the foreclosed properties at reduced prices.  He thought nothing of loansharking and borrowing from others and never paying back. He didn't think anything of taking thousands of dollars from renters and then refusing to give them heat and hot water.  He made enemies. That is a fact. Had he wanted to be thought of well after death he should not have engaged in slimy behavior.

nicwguy123
nicwguy123

@JeffP26 @JeffP26  Prime suspect? You got to be kidding me! why because the daily news said so? oh one second the NY post is saying he isn't even a suspect. and lets even say he is a suspect that doesn't make him a killer remember this is the USA innocent until proven guilty. maybe when a Jew is involved this flies out the window!


First off in 100 years you may hear maybe once that a hasidic jew killed someone. so NO hasidic jews don't kill. don't do drugs. and don't do all the shit you are probably doing. 


second no body is pretending or covering up anything!


you are a plain antisemitic filled with hate


nicwguy123
nicwguy123

out of 100's of tenets if 11 are unhappy that is normal. if you are in business you should know that. and now all the happy tenets want to show that. so the scumbag are you!

randrandc
randrandc

@RinaldoHorowitz  Don't be a self hating Jew. In Germany, the assimilated Jew also ranted against Orthodox Jews, pretending that this will upgrade their value in society. By the time 1933 rolled around, they shared the same fate as their "FELLOW JEWS" they worked not be be associated with.

nicwguy123
nicwguy123

@RinaldoHorowitz 

wow you are so good with facts!! you crook, 

have you seen his financials that you know all this facts you claim to know?

you talk like you know all the facts when the only FACT is that you know nothing about him or the satmer community. you didn't even know that this existed until now. and suddeenly you that he was a crook.


you are just filled with hate its simple as that. and the hate makes you come up with facts. the same facts Hitler was saying before World War II so go to hell!

myprettykick
myprettykick

@RinaldoHorowitz  can you help me get a clear picture here? 


Fact: Max was abducted in the middle of NY & found dead in a dumpster


Fact: Max doesn't have a single criminal record

and please don't say "politicly protected" nonsense, because the Fact is: there are some Hassidic jews from Williamsburg with criminal records.


Fact: Max has a wife with seven kids & extended family that were unfathomable affected by this brazen murder.


Fact: Max had over a "Thousand" tenants from which there are "17" bad reviews on yelp.


Fact: there are hundreds of young (& old) Entrepreneurs yearly -  that default on a loan they took from the bank because the venture didn't hold together, one of the factors of the interest rate is RISK.


Lets they he wasn't a good landlord or that he didn't pay back money that he borrowed, does he deserved to be Killed?? Burned?? are you guys nuts?? please, pleasseeee try to hide your hatred that you have for jewish people because it makes us (non jews) look like jealous monkeys!!

Acting that way to human being - he had money, he owned buildings, he wasn't a good landlord. so he deserves it?? 

if you believe so please do us all a favor & move to Afghanistan or maybe Syria.  that side of the border the law is with you.


12 hours after his funeral you put a cover that gives the impression he deserved it!!???

Unbelievable....


just so you know, you don't get rich by being connected as some put it,

its because you have money that you acquire connections.

maybe if you would get off your TV & Xboxes & invest that effort you put in to nonsense, into making money you would succeed as jews have always done, way out of proportion to gentiles & you wouldn't have to act so openly disgusting.


The hatred is SOOO obvious, Comment after comment about him being a Crook, Yet not a single comment about the murders... the murders were Villains? Maybe?? somebody?? no - nobody cares...












nicwguy123
nicwguy123

yes this always happens with Yelp. they will always remove any positive reviews they can and only keep that negative once

nicwguy123
nicwguy123

@brianjlg how do you why he defaulted? did you help him out or ware you involved or you read it somewhere and decided this is true? 


you have no idea what the heck you are talking about


galshalev123
galshalev123

@brianjlg

So according to you its okay to murder someone for being a bad landlord and filing bankruptcy? Can I murder all the millions of strategic defaulters, be they commercial or residential? How about Donald Trump? Is he fair game? 

You can't just escalate a pretext to murder someone a la vigilante justice. You should know that

You engage in hyperbole "thousands of dollars" without backing it with evidence.


You need to tame your hate

zionthelion44
zionthelion44

Satmar are all racist bastards even to Jews who aren't part of their twisted cult . The Satmar cover up child molesters and are known to screw people over in business. I'm Jewish myself so don't pull the racist card on me buddy. I've dealt dealt with the Satmar before and they give Jews a bad name with their behavior.

zionthelion44
zionthelion44

Fact, he was a loan shark, fact he defaulted on 30 million in loans, fact he was arrested for a sexual crime, fact he owed loan sharks over 1 million dollars, fact he had over 200 violations on his slum buildings he owed, fact he screwed over contractors.

zionthelion44
zionthelion44

He was murdered because he screwed over the wrong person for the last time.

zionthelion44
zionthelion44

Yes I do putz, and so does stark since he was a million in debt to them. Face it he was a scumbag and screwed over the wrong person this time.

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