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Sunday, August 08, 2010

Sharif El-Gamal and SOHO Properties Lied They Do Not Own 49-51 Park Place, They Own 45-47 Park Place Both Are Needed To Build 9/11 Mosque, What Else Are They Hiding.

NY Post...The developers of the controversial mosque proposed near Ground Zero own only half the site where they want to construct the $100 million building, calling it now Park51, The Post has learned.

One of the two buildings on Park Place is owned by Con Edison, even though Soho Properties told officials and the public that it owns the entire parcel. And any potential sale by Con Ed faces a review by the state Public Service Commission. “We never heard anything about Con Ed whatsoever,” said a stunned Julie Menin, the chairwoman of Community Board 1, which passed a May resolution supporting the mosque.

Daisy Khan, one of the mosque’s organizers, told The Post last week that both buildings on Park Place are needed to house the worship and cultural center. But she claimed ignorance about the Con Ed ownership of 49-51 Park Place and referred questions to Soho Properties, which bought the building at 45-47 Park Place in 2009.

Rep. Peter King, who opposes the mosque, said the developers seemed to be “operating under false pretenses.”  “I wonder what else they are hiding,” said King (R-LI). “If we can’t have the full truth on this, what can we believe?”

Sharif El-Gamal, the head of Soho Properties, first came forward in 2006 seeking to buy the empty building at 45-47 Park Place, said Melvin Pomerantz, whose family owned the property.   Pomerantz said El-Gamal eventually raised $4.8 million cash for 45-47 Park Place. El- Gamal paid an extra $700,000 to take over the lease with Con Ed for the building next door at 49-51 Park Place. The lease expires in 2071.

The two buildings were connected years ago — common walls were taken down — and housed a Burlington Coat Factory store.  Con Ed said El-Gamal told the utility in February that he wanted to exercise the purchase option in his $33,000- a-year lease for the former substation.

Linked to Sharif El-Gamal and SOHO Properties at 552 BROADWAY, SUITE 6N, NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 10012  are two New York State Corporations that are related to the Grond Zero Mosque, there is no listing for Park51 the new name for the Ground Zero Mosque project;
Initial DOS Filing Date: JULY 07, 2009
Mail to: 45 PARK PLACE PARTNERS, LLC

2). 45 PARK PLACE LH, LLC
Initial DOS Filing Date: JULY 07, 2009
Mail to: 45 PARK PLACE LH, LLC
552 BROADWAY, SUITE 6N
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 10012
Registered Agent ..NONE


3). SOHO PROPERTIES GENERAL PARTNER, LLC
552 BROADWAY, SUITE 6N
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 10012
Initial DOS Filing Date: JULY 08, 2009
County: NEW YORK
Jurisdiction: DELAWARE
Entity Type: FOREIGN LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY
Registered Agent ..NONE

4). SOHO PROPERTIES INC.
Initial DOS Filing Date: OCTOBER 16, 2003
552 BROADWAY
SUITE 6N
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 10012
Chairman or Chief Executive Officer
SHARIF EL-GAMAL
552 BROADWAY
STE 6 N
NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 10012

So let's do the math, Sharif El-Gamal and SOHO Properties spent over $53 Million in the last 3 years to purchase two Manhattan properties, an upper West Side apartment for himself, $700,000 to take over the Con-Ed lease at 49-51 Park Place on which he has been paying out $33,000 a year to lease the empty building and yet Sharif El-Gamal and SOHO Proerties do not have the cash to re-pay a $3,800 security deposit on an apartment that was supposed to be in escrow ????

Let’s get real here, just a few short years ago Sharif El-Gamal and his brother Sammy El-Gamal of SOHO Properties the Developers of the Ground Zero Mosque were waiting tables in New York City.  Sharif El-Gamal was waiting tables at Serafina’s Restaurant in New York City and Sammy El-Gamal was waiting tables at Tao Restaurant on the Upper East Side of Manhattan NY, from there they both broke into the real estate business by renting apartments on commission, they were not selling any properties.

In April 2007 Sharif El-Gamal and his wife buy a $1 million dollar apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. In early 2009 Sharif El-Gamal as SOHO PROPERTIES spent $45.7 million for a 12-story Chelsea office building at 31 West 27th Street Manhattan NY.

In July 2009 Sharif El-Gamal sets up SOHO PROPERTIES GENERAL PARTNER, LLC a Delaware corporation as a foreign entity in the New York State Division of Corporations and buys the old Burlington Coat Factory property at 45 Park Place for $4.8 million for cash (in July 2009), where did the cash come for the old Burlington Coat Factory property at 45 Park Place that is to be rehabed into a Mosque.

Sammy and Sharif El-Gamal of SOHO Properties have been throwing around $$$ Millions of dollars in cash buying apartments for themselves and expensive Manhattan Commercial buildings and yet there is word of a investigation that is ongoing into Sammy and Sharif El-Gamal of the SOHO Properties real estate business by the NYS Dept of Licensing in Manhattan for non-payment of apartment rental deposits to customers that were supposed to be in escrow…



Bill Warner Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM.