Ground Zero Mosque developer owns rat-infested slum with 400 violations, owes NYC $61,633 in fines, fees and taxes


The mainstream media has lionized this deadbeat thug, and will no doubt continue to do so. But he continues to show the true, ugly face of the Ground Zero Mosque project. “Mosque developer can’t take care of vermin-infested apartment building,” by Isabel Vincent and Melissa Klein for the New York Post, October 23 (thanks to Pamela Geller):

The developer who wants to build a $100 million mosque and community center near Ground Zero can’t take care of a rat-ridden apartment building with just 14 units.

Sharif El-Gamal, the main developer behind the mosque, has nearly 400 open violations that he has refused to fix despite a court order. His company owes the city $61,633 in fines, fees and taxes for the property at 1835 Amsterdam Ave.

El-Gamal, a principal in the company that owns the Washington Heights building, is due in court Thursday. If he doesn’t show up, he risks being sent to jail.

He already failed to appear at a Sept. 28 hearing….

More than 150 complaints about the building, including rats, roaches and lack of heat, were logged with the city from July 2010 to May 2011.

The building’s staircase “was obstructed with construction debris, and the fire escapes were also obstructed,” according to legal papers.

There are 366 housing-code violations that the owner hasn’t addressed, according to the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

HPD sued El-Gamal’s company, Washington Heights Holdings II, to fix the problems and reached a consent order in September. It also fined the company $5,550. It’s unclear if any work has been done.

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  1. says

    The thing that is of a puzzlement about him, if Islam was pnly half-decent religion, most of the followers will not accept him as a lead in GZ-terrorists mosque. There is so much unsavory known and in the open about him, not even a single MoSlum opposes him. That tells me and should tell most of his non-Moslum supporters there is a real stink somewhere in Islam.

    There are some of his non-Moslum supporters will condemn Hitler in a heart beat, that sounds so logical – however, they support Islam or Mohd’s followers who are thousands times more racists, genocidal and abundantly irrationals. You can’t discuss a single point about their religion with them without threats and abuse to you and your family.

    What is the matter with these non-Islamic pseudo-intellect, can’t they figure one plus one doesn’t add up as we know it?

  2. says

    He should be made to live in that building until every violation is corrected and every fine and tax paid. Just like in the movie “The Super”. Rats and roaches deserve rats and roaches.

  3. says

    I don’t wonder why he’s a slumlord. I wonder why NYC’s bureaucracy, usually so eager to enforce its fines and orders, isn’t doing so in this case.

  4. says

    I would surmise that they dare not be too eager to apply the law to this fellow . . . it would be just too easy for him to raise all kinds of complaints about racial prejudice and Islamaphobia . . .

  5. says

    One, it doesn’t have Muslims living in it, of course, just kuffar. He would keep his new mosque super-shiny and ass-stone clean.

    Two, he sees progressive hypocrite Valerie Jarrett get away with it, and get more federal money as a reward for her criminality, why not a deserving Muslim?

    Three, Bloomberg? Which media genius is actually going to open his mouth and ask an honest question of the man, and actually press if he or she doesn’t get a clear answer? Which of all you New York journalists is going to quit being a cowering dhimmi? This is the non-Islam-related angle you were waiting for! You know…the one that doesn’t make you look like a greasy Islamophobe?

    Sheesh. There is nothing but corruption in business in Islam. Anywhere. Since there are no innate morals or ethics, there is no need to do good just because it’s good. And kuffar law? He recognizes these judges as much as any of his more devout coreligionists in other jurisdictions.

    You are pig, El-Gamal. Your real-estate jihad is going badly, and I hope you take your donors down with you.

  6. says

    Some good points made by the lot of you; especially roles for the “Occupy” crowd.
    But the left love their slum-lords; not only this creep (but what else is Valerie Jarret?)
    This is scene of snivelling PC surpassing “Public Good”, and Bloomberg’s on the PC side.
    Once the tide of publicity ebbs, do you suppose that “Occupy” might better deploy thei troops – maybe “Washington Heights Holdings II”.
    They could then balance their Anti-Semitism with Islamophobia.

  7. says

    What I’m curious about is why Mayor Bloomberg is so quick to support him and his GZM–especially considering all this was public knowledge?

    Money, most likely, but I’m still curious to learn the real story, whenever that comes out.