Park Slope senior residents face eviction as two-year court battle with landlord continues

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PARK SLOPE, Brooklyn — Alice Singer, 91,  just loves the eighth floor views from her assisted living facility, Prospect Park Residence, overlooking the park and Grand Army Plaza.

Mrs. Singer and the other four holdouts are locked in a two-year legal battle with the building's owner and the New York State Health Department who now say they have until May 23 to get out.

"I like the space, the big windows, the openness and the green," Mrs. Singer told PIX11 News.

"When I think about moving anywhere else, I start to shake, just with the thought," her friend, 93-year-old Annemarie Mogil, said.

Lawyers for the five elderly women, all in their 90s except for the 101-year-old, are now suing the state New York State Health Department to fight the eviction plan, claiming a move would be so traumatic that it could be fatal for the five.

"There really aren't good options for them," Judith Goldiner, seniors' lawyer told PIX11 News. "Several of the residents who have been relocated elsewhere have passed away."

Most of the 130 residents moved out over the last two years ever since it was announced that the building was in the process of being sold for $76 million to be turned into luxury condominiums.

That deal has yet to go through because of several liens against the property. Friends and family members are hoping the holdouts will allow them to continue to live there, with ever dwindling services, until the sale goes through, which they say, could take years.

PIX11 News reached out for a comment from the state Health Department. No comment yet.

All parties will be back in court next Wednesday.