‘Wellness’ specialists shirk $349,000 lease in Upper East Side eviction battle: lawsuit


A chiropractor and his spouse who’re regulars on the Hamptons social scene are breaking their Manhattan landlord’s again — failing to pay $349,000 in lease on a complicated Upper East Side townhouse, in keeping with courtroom paperwork.

Darren Pollack and Sharon Russo first rented the $5 million East 84th Street house simply blocks from Gracie Mansion in November 2019, agreeing to shell out $19,000 a month throughout a two-year lease.

But the couple, who personal a $2 million Southampton home and ship their two youngsters to a $56,000-a-year Manhattan prep college, stopped paying the lease as soon as the pandemic hit in March 2020, claims landlord Morris Gad, a well known diamond supplier.

Gad, who purchased the 1890 row home as an funding along with his grownup youngsters Michael Gad and Sara Tsur, mentioned he tried to work with the Pollacks — who courtroom information present have been accused of stiffing one other landlord, fellow chiropractors and even American Express.

Shannon Pollack of Dasha Wellness and Dr. Darren PollackShannon and Darren Pollack have been accused of failing to repay a number of different money owed. Jerritt Clark/Getty Images

Faced with their very own bills from the property, together with $31,000 in tax payments, the landlords supplied to cut back the lease to only $10,000 a month for the three,300-square-foot, four-bedroom house, which options 3.5 baths, a chef’s kitchen and a backyard.

But the Pollacks, who claimed their Dasha Wellness spa and occasion area at Park Avenue and East 57th Street was “destroyed” by coronavirus shutdowns, by no means signed the settlement to cement the cheaper charge and stopped paying altogether as soon as the Gads sued them in October 2020 for the full lease, the landlords cost.

“Not only is he bilking them and living rent-free, but thumbing his nose at them,” mentioned lawyer Christina Smyth, who reps the Gads.

UES Rent:New York -  Real estate of townhouse at 422 East 84th St. rented by the Pollacks.  Dr. Darren Pollack, a chiropractor and his wellness expert  wife, Shannon, owe over $350,000 rent on the property and won’t turn over the keys until school’s out.Darren Pollack, a chiropractor, and his wellness knowledgeable spouse, Shannon, owe virtually $350,000 in lease to the owner of an East 84th Street townhouse. Helayne Seidman

The chiropractor claims by means of a lawyer that he honored the brand new deal for a lowered lease till the Gads “despicably” sued, mentioned Pollack lawyer Gregory Skiff, including the Gads “pretended like the agreement to reduce the rent never happened.” 

Pollack has additionally shelled out hundreds for repairs to a backed-up sewer line and new molding to maintain out mice. They paid $7,773 for drapes, in keeping with courtroom papers.

Any repairs the Pollacks requested have been made immediately, the landlords informed The Post.

With New York’s pandemic-inspired eviction moratorium in place till Jan. 15, the Pollacks have merely stayed put, failing to pay and refusing to go away.

656 David Whites Ln,
Southampton, NYThe couple owns a $2 million Southampton home.Google Maps

But that hasn’t stopped the pair from spending time within the Hamptons, touring to Florida, and giving a big donation to a Long Island charity occasion, in keeping with social media.

“They are abusing the system,” Smyth noticed.  

Gad even supplied to forgive the overdue lease if the Pollacks moved out, however the couple needs to attend till June 2022 – after college is completed.

The Pollacks aren’t any strangers to monetary disputes.  

Dasha Wellness acquired $107,000 in pandemic loans to pay its workers at their wellness area at 115 E. 57th St., whereas allegedly failing to pay their firm’s landlord greater than $142,000 at Dasha’s 28 W. forty fourth St. location, courtroom and authorities information present.

Pollack has additionally been sued by two former chiropractic colleagues who have accused him in courtroom papers of taking additional funds — with one successful a judgment for greater than $50,000. And in July 2016, American Express sued Pollack for a $94,269 debt.

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