Report: Slumlord Steve Croman to Cop Plea Deal with Light Sentence

Posted on: May 3rd, 2017 at 5:04 am by

Steve Croman on Mott Street

One year ago, Steve Croman was charged with twenty felonies including grand larceny, falsifying business records, tax fraud, conspiring to defraud, and offering a false instrument. Not to mention a simultaneous civil lawsuit for allegedly “directing an illegal operation that wields harassment, coercion and fraud to force rent-regulated tenants out of their apartments.” He’s been free on $500,000 bail ever since.

Now, here’s some deflating news for opponents of the notorious slumlord.

Despite the string of serious charges, Croman might nevertheless get off easy. He’s reportedly copping a plea deal for a slap-on-the-wrist sentence. According to the New York Post (via Page Six), Croman’s attorney, Ben Brafman, seeks an arrangement that includes eight months in prison, plus a fine between $5 and $10 million dollars.

The owner of 140 apartment buildings, Croman is said to be thrilled he will get off so lightly, and so is his wife, Harriet, who is part of a wealthy clique of Upper East Side moms.

Sources said Croman might have to sell some pieces in his vast art collection, but not the palatial double townhouse he renovated on East 72nd Street with two swimming pools, nor his oceanfront Hamptons estate in Sagaponack.

His legal battles certainly haven’t stopped him from purported harassment, though. Just look to 159 Stanton Street, his tenement property that was stripped of its fire-stopping material and became a purported death trap for more than a year (unbeknownst to residents). Not to mention the brief displacement of two tenants thanks to ceiling collapse.

Recent Stories

‘Zagrat’ Rated ‘Squeakeasies’ Are All the Rage for Area Vermin

New Yorkers aren’t the only unfortunate ones facing gentrification. It’s the dawn of a new era, one in which the venerable rodents no longer set fires to cars or shack up in rotting constructions sites because they have to. Nay, because they want to.  And, naturally, a gentrified pest is in need of the finer […]

What the Inside of the Gutted Cup & Saucer Looks Like Now

Cup & Saucer ended its decades-running tenancy at the northwest corner of Canal and Eldridge Streets back in July. Since then, the restaurant space has been a dormancy, with the only activity the removal of that classic signage and the installation of leasing banners. Now, all of it is gone. Yesterday, however, provided a unique […]

Pajama Pop-Up ‘Gelato Pique’ Coming to Orchard Street

No, it’s not what you think. Not another ice cream shop for Hell Square. To the contrary, this misnomer of a pop-up at 144 Orchard Street is for pajamas. The new outpost – a holiday shop for Gelato Pique – is poised to open here next week (November 28). Teaser posters are hanging in the […]

Essex Crossing’s First Park Comes Into View on Broome Street

Here is an early glimpse of the new park plaza Essex Crossing is bringing to the Lower East Side. Behind the boards at Site 5 – aka 145 Clinton Street – bones of the outdoor infrastructure are now in place. According to the weekly email update from Delancey Street Associates, this “plaza work” includes “staging […]

Essex Street Market Warehouse Gets Demolition Death Shroud Ahead of Phase II Development

More than seventy-seven years after its construction at the behest of Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, another Essex Street Market building is on death’s door. The shroud of netting and scaffolding was affixed to the facade of 140 Essex Street (aka Site 8) last week. Another piece of Lower East Side history razed; yet the end is […]