Woman sues granddaughter after allegedly being swindled out of multimillion-dollar homes
Sarah Weinberg — who says she has survived Nazis, a plane crash and getting hit by a car —claims her real estate broker granddaughter Danielle Kaminsky cheated her out of two properties on W. 46th St. in Hell’s Kitchen. The buildings are worth a combined $16 million and the family’s next court hearing is set for July 23.
She’s the granddaughter from hell.
An elderly Manhattan woman who says she has survived Nazis, a plane crash and getting hit by a car is suing her gorgeous grandchild — who she claims cheated her out of two multimillion-dollar properties in Hell’s Kitchen.
Sarah Weinberg, 73, says Danielle Kaminsky’s “deceit” has left her destitute and trying to fend off eviction — and forced her to file a $16 million suit against her conniving kin.
“There is something wrong with her. But I don’t want to say anything bad about her,” Weinberg told the Daily News.
In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Weinberg says Kaminsky, a blond real estate broker, conspired with Weinberg’s former son-in-law and lawyers to scam her grandmother out of two small apartment buildings on W. 46th St. that Weinberg has owned for decades.
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Purported Holocaust survivor Sarah Weinberg is battling her granddaughter in court over two buildings in Hell’s Kitchen, which are worth $16 million.
Then Kaminsky told her grandmother to get out of her apartment in one of them.
“She told me, ‘Pack.’ That’s it. ‘Pack,’ ” Weinberg said.
The diminutive doyenne said she had been living at 371 W. 46th St. with her daughter, Iris Kaminsky, and Iris’ daughter, Danielle, when Danielle and her father hatched their scheme.
The pair made their move in early 2012, after Weinberg was hit by a car while in the middle of refinancing the building, the suit says.
Danielle, 23, took advantage of her grandmother by preying “on her posttraumatic fears and anxieties to confuse, isolate and terrorize” her, persuading her to sell the place at a “bargain-basement” price, the suit says.
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One of the properties in the lawsuit, located at 402 W. 46th St.
It was sold in May to a friend of Danielle’s father for $3.5 million — although it had been “conservatively” appraised at $5.3 million, the suit says.
Danielle’s dad, real estate lawyer David Kaminsky, was paid a $200,000 “consultancy fee” after the sale, the suit says.
In the meantime, Danielle Kaminsky got Weinberg to transfer the deed to the second building at 402 W. 46th St. to a trust under Danielle’s control.
The real estate broker then moved into 402 W. 46th St.’s penthouse, where she’s living rent-free with her boyfriend — and Weinberg’s two pet Akitas.
Weinberg tried to undo the transfer shortly after it happened, but her devious descendant blocked her, the suit says.
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The other is at 371 W. 46th St.
The feuding family was in court Thursday, where Danielle Kaminsky’s lawyers agreed to hold the cash in escrow and postpone eviction proceedings until at least the next court hearing on July 23.
Danielle, her father and their lawyers declined comment.
Weinberg’s lawyer, Kenneth Glassman, said his client has been through worse.
Her family had to flee Europe in 1939, when she was an infant, to escape the Nazis.
They ended up in Argentina, but “political persecution” forced them out when Weinberg was 15. The plane that was supposed to carry them to safety crashed, killing Weinberg’s parents, Glassman said.
She was one of only two survivors, and was “severely burned,” he said.
Before the hearing, Danielle disputed her grandmother’s story. “I don’t know why she’s lying but she’s lying,” she said as she wiped away tears.