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Broker sues over Beekman deal, wants $2.8M

By Konrad Putzier

BEEKMAN TOWER Photo by Joe Woolhead
BEEKMAN TOWER Photo by Joe Woolhead

A broker is suing investors Chaim Miller and Steven Wu for $2.8 million over the sale of the Beekman Tower.

In an affidavit of entitlement, Basil Vasiliu claims he procured the buyers and gave them a tour of the building, but never received his two-percent commission on the $138-million deal. “This was an off-market deal which Messrs. Miller and Wu would not even have known about without the information provided by me,” Vasiliu wrote in the affidavit.

Miller and Wu bought the 26-story, 170-apartment tower at 3 Mitchell Place, located between 49th and 50th Streets, from a consortium of Silverstein Properties, Fisher Brothers and Capstone Equities. The deal was completed on January 5. Eastdil Secured’s Adam Spies, Doug Harmon and Adam Doneger represented the sellers.

According to his Linkedin page, Vasiliu was a broker at Lee Odell real estate until 2008. Since then, his page lists him as President of BASI Realty and Managing Director of BASI Energy. His lawyer on the case is Howard Rubin of Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP. The affidavit will be filed tomorrow (Wednesday).
Chaim Miller could not be reached for comment on short notice.

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