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Hermit Herbert Sukenik 'paid £10 Million' To Move Out Of 'mould-Covered' New York Room

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/hermit-herbert-sukenik-paid-10-million-to-move-out-of-mouldcovered-new-york-room-9165290.html

A reclusive man was paid a reported $17 million (£10.2 million) by developers to leave his damp, cluttered and cramped apartment at the top of a New York hotel, a new book has claimed.

Herbert Sukenik was one of four elderly men refusing to move out of their rent controlled residences in the Mayflower Hotel after prominent real estate developers the Zeckendorf brothers purchased the building for $400 million (£239 million) in 2004.

The hotel was eventually transformed into 15 Central Park West, an exclusive block of apartments now home to famous figures such as Denzel Washington and Sting.

Unmarried Mr Sukenik reportedly refused to move out of his "mould-covered" 350-square-foot room at the top of the hotel for two years, forcing the brothers to issue "million-dollar cheques" to him and three other elderly residents, according to the book House Of Outrageous Fortune by Michael Gross.

The type of lease held by the four men allegedly prevented them from being evicted by the developers, who were legally responsible for buying them out.

The 73-year-old proved so stubborn he eventually received the biggest multi-million dollar pay-out and a replacement home allegedly worth $2 million (£1.19m). In return, Mr Sukenik paid the Zeckendorf's $1 (60p) a month in rent.

“Herbert Sukenik's profile was a nightmare,” Will Zeckendorf is quoted as saying. “Hugely intelligent, a PhD, unmarried, embittered, a loner, disconnected from society and too smart for his own good. He was not a poor man; he had independent means.”

O dear someone sounds rather bitter that they got screwed over.

Own up who was it on here? :lol:

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"too smart for his own good" :D

Definitely the ranting of a sore loser. This gazillionaire probably thought, like so many times before, this old bloke would be a push over and got rid of much more cheaply than ended up being the case.

I'd say this old man was perfectly in possession of his marbles in holding out for a juicy payment.

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"too smart for his own good" :D

Definitely the ranting of a sore loser. This gazillionaire probably thought, like so many times before, this old bloke would be a push over and got rid of much more cheaply than ended up being the case.

I'd say this old man was perfectly in possession of his marbles in holding out for a juicy payment.

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Good on him!

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“Herbert Sukenik's profile was a nightmare,” Will Zeckendorf is quoted as saying. “Hugely intelligent, a PhD, unmarried, embittered, a loner, disconnected from society and too smart for his own good. He was not a poor man; he had independent means.”

Too old just to be castigated as a boomer so they've had to make a list.

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As I get older, I get to see the point of being stubborn. Kids get told what to do by parents. Then told what to do by teachers. Then we get told what to do by employers and maybe spouses. Then we have our kids telling us what we should be doing. Then we get to the point of saying 'I don't care what you want, eff off and leave me alone.'

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As I get older, I get to see the point of being stubborn. Kids get told what to do by parents. Then told what to do by teachers. Then we get told what to do by employers and maybe spouses. Then we have our kids telling us what we should be doing. Then we get to the point of saying 'I don't care what you want, eff off and leave me alone.'

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As I get older, I get to see the point of being stubborn. Kids get told what to do by parents. Then told what to do by teachers. Then we get told what to do by employers and maybe spouses. Then we have our kids telling us what we should be doing. Then we get to the point of saying 'I don't care what you want, eff off and leave me alone.'

I'm looking forward to reaching that age! :D

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Interesting how intelligence and being a PhD were added to the charge sheet against him. Evidence of being too smart for his own good.

Or perhaps the developer actually meant too smart for the developer's own good!

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“Hugely intelligent, a PhD, unmarried, embittered, a loner, disconnected from society and too smart for his own good."

Typical HPC poster?

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"Hugely intelligent, a PhD, unmarried, embittered, a loner, disconnected from society and too smart for his own good."

Typical HPC poster?

Sounds a bit like me except for the PhD . :lol: And people who know me well may have an issue with 'highly intelligent'.;)

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