Evgeny “Gene” Freidman is the man who BusinessWeek called “The Taxi King” and is the owner and operator of the largest Taxi fleet in New York City. But his kingdom has recently begun to fall.
According to court documents, in the morning on August 24, 2016, City Marshals evicted Taxi Club Management, one of Freidman’s Taxi companies, from its commercial space on 10th Avenue as they owed more than $77,000 in rent to the landlord.
The monthly rent for the space was $15,265 and according to reports, Freidman failed to pay between October 2015 and February 2016. The landlord, Pradera Realty, sued Freidman’s company in January. The attorney for Pradera Realty commented that the rent owed is actually even larger when you calculate in the missed rent between the time they sued and when he was finally evicted in August 2016.
When contacted by the media, Freidman denied any eviction and declined to be interviewed. Freidman simply stated, “I told you I don’t comment. God bless you, bye.”
Freidman told a judge that he stopped making rent payments after a multitude of problems such as basement flooding, rat infestation and power problems. The attorney for Pradera Realty strongly denied the complaints about the property and instead believed that he either didn’t have the money or didn’t want to pay it.
The judge rejected that defense as it would only apply to residential properties and not commercial space.
Freidman is due back in court in October 2016 and will most likely have a new attorney. Martin Tenenbaum filed a motion on August 19, 2016 to be removed as Freidman’s counsel as Freidman’s cooperation in his legal affairs recently stopped and there was a “complete breakdown of the attorney-client relationship.”
YellowCabNYCTaxi.com Staff Writer