Abraham Jacob Hirschfeld (December 20, 1919 – August 9, 2005) was an American real estate investor, Broadway producer and political candidate from New York City. He was the owner of several buildings in Manhattan. He served as treasurer for the New York State Democratic Committee in the 1960s and as city commissioner of Miami Beach, Florida in 1989.
Abraham Jacob Hirschfield
December 20, 1919
|Died||August 9, 2005 (aged 85)|
|Occupation||Real estate investor|
|Spouse(s)||Zipora Teicher Hirschfeld|
Abraham Jacob Hirschfeld was born on December 20, 1919 in Tarnów, Poland. He immigrated to the British Mandate of Palestine in the early 1930s. He said most of his extended family remained behind and were murdered in the Holocaust. Hirschfeld moved to the United States in 1950. His brother, Menashe Hirschfeld, moved to Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Hirschfeld made his fortune building semi-enclosed "open-air" parking garages.
Hirschfeld became the owner of the Vertical Club, a health club on the Upper East Side. He was a co-owner of the Hotel Pennsylvania. Additionally, he was an investor in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Times Square.
In March 1993, Hirschfeld was the court-appointed manager of New York Post for two weeks after the paper filed for bankruptcy. During that period of time, he dismissed editor Pete Hamill, but later upon court order reinstated him and was shown kissing his face in a famous picture. After his New York Post failure, he founded Open Air PM.
Throughout his career, Hirschfeld ran for political office several times, including unsuccessful bids as "Honest Abe" for the U.S. Senate in 1974 (defeated in Democratic primary), for the New York City Council, for Manhattan Borough President in 1997, for Lieutenant Governor of New York, for New York State Comptroller in 1998, and for Mayor of Miami Beach, Florida.
In 1999, Hirschfeld was cleared of charges he owed US$3.3 million in taxes.
In 2000, Hirschfeld was indicted of criminal solicitation for trying to hire a hit man to kill his former business partner Stanley Stahl, with whom he had a "survivor take all" business partnership. Hirschfeld was sentenced to three years in prison, of which he served two. When he got out of prison he ran for the U.S. Senate, calling himself "Honest Abe".
Death and legacyEdit
Hirschfeld died at age 85 on August 9, 2005 at the St. Barnabas Hospital in The Bronx, of cardiac arrest stemming from complications of a battle with terminal cancer. In 2013, his daughter accused her brother of stealing US$300 million from the estate.
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In 1987, Mr. Hirschfeld started a brief campaign to draft Donald Trump for President, saying the entrepreneur was the nation's best hope to solve economic problems. His efforts fizzled quickly.
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