Jeffery Epstein’s brother is using the Upper East Side building where the notorious pedophile once trafficked underage girls to stop a blood bank from building a new life sciences tower in the neighborhood, The Post has learned.
Mark Epstein says he fears the non-profit Blood Center’s new facility will “kill the views” from the notorious property he owns nearby on 66th Street.
To defeat the plan, he hopes to invoke a little-known provision of the city’s charter and require a supermajority of the City Council approve the new blood bank before it can go up.
“It’s going to kill the views. It’s going to kill the sunlight on our building for the first part of the day,” Epstein told The Post. “It just seems they want to build a bigger commercial development. The need, medically, is not there.”
Epstein’s high-rise sits at 301 E. 66th and Second Avenue, right next to the Blood Center, which is housed in a squat three-story complex that was originally built in 1930 as a trade school.
Epstein owns most of the units in the 16-story condo building — more than 150 apartments in all, according to records.
The non-profit is seeking to replace the 90-year-old building with the proposed tower, which would be approximately 150 feet taller than Epstein’s building, even though both would have 16 stories.
A city official said it appeared this was the first time the provision has ever been formally invoked by filing a challenge with the City Clerk.
Epstein rented “several apartments” to his now-dead brother Jeffrey, who would “keep” his underage girls he was sexually abusing in them, a lawyer for three underage girls alleged in 2009.
The building’s address was featured in the pedophile’s black book, listed as “apt. for models.”
Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide in the Manhattan federal detention center in August 2019 as he awaited trial on sex-trafficking charges following his arrest in July that year.
Epstein had previously pleaded guilty in Florida in 2008 to state charges of procuring a minor for prostitution and solicitation, but avoided federal charges in a plea deal that later came under intense scrutiny following an investigation by the Miami Herald.
The Epstein scandal has tarnished many of the rich and famous on both sides of the Atlantic — including Prince Andrew and former President Bill Clinton.
The brother hung up the phone after a Post reporter attempted to press him about his brother’s usage of apartments he owns in the Upper East Side building for his sordid behavior.
The revelations about the links between a key opponent of the redevelopment and the infamous sex abuse scandal caught one of the project’s leading opponents, local Councilman Ben Kallos, by surprise.
“Wow. Had no idea,” Kallos (D-Manhattan) told The Post. “I’ve had no interaction with either Epstein brother in my entire life.”
But he added that he still backed Epstein’s push for a supermajority of the Council to approve the plans, saying the last-ditch effort “gives the community a fighting chance.”
Kallos has come under intense pressure to reach a deal with the Blood Center over the tower plan from Mayor-elect Eric Adams, outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio and even fellow lawmakers, who signaled they may override the Council’s usual practice of deferring to the local lawmaker on development issues.
“The Blood Center is an absolutely crucial part of the city. It needs to be strong for the future,” de Blasio said Tuesday morning during a virtual press briefing. “I think there’s a lot of persuasive arguments and the Council goes through its process, but I think in the end, this is the kind of thing New York City needs.”
His remarks followed a statement Friday from the Council’s powerful Black, Latino and Asian Caucus that signaled the group of lawmakers was losing patience with Kallos’ stalling.
“We urge all of the stakeholders involved in the negotiations over the proposal to act in good faith, operate from the baseline of understanding from which these discussions originated, and find a way to get to YES,” the statement read.