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February 20, 2024

A loophole got him a free New York hotel stay for five years. Then he claimed to own the building

  • Prosecutors said Mickey Barreto went too far when he filed paperwork claiming ownership of the entire New Yorker Hotel building.
  • By CEDAR ATTANASIO
    Associated Press

    Located a block from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, the building's huge, red “New Yorker” sign makes it an oft-photographed landmark.

    NEW YORK — For five years, a New York City man managed to live rent-free in a landmark Manhattan hotel by exploiting an obscure local housing law.


     
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