NEW YORK — Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard is pitching a rent strike — balking on a $27,000 payment for a posh Tribeca penthouse, the landlord charges in a new lawsuit.
The owner of 116 Hudson St. writes that the 6-foot-6 hard-throwing pitcher nicknamed “Thor” signed a lease covering March through November for a total of $225,000, plus a $17,000 broker’s commission. Syndergaard signed the lease in February, before the coronavirus pandemic shut down New York City in mid-March. The 2,700-square-foot duplex boasts three bedrooms, floor to ceiling windows and three large terraces.
But Syndergaard, 27, never showed up to the furnished penthouse, the suit filed Thursday in Manhattan Federal Court states.
The accused Syndergaard “treated the binding lease like an option,” the suit reads. “This penthouse is a rarity.”
On April 30, attorneys for Syndergaard wrote the landlord that he “has no intention of taking possession of the subject premises and the landlord is hereby free to re-rent it as he sees fit,” according to the suit.
The landlord, 600 Summer Street LLC, writes that the apartment remains vacant and seeks damages in excess of $250,000.
“We strongly dispute the allegations made against our client and intend on defending him vigorously. Noah is looking forward to his day in court and is currently focused on remaining safe and healthy during these trying times,” said David Goldfischer, the pitcher’s attorney.
An online listing for the apartment, which notes it is off of the market, lists it for sale for $8.6 million. The posh pad also features Brazilian wenge floors, a wood burning fireplace and wet bar on the “grand terrace.”
“With only five apartments, 116 Hudson is a highly private and desirable condominium,” the listing reads.
Syndergaard will miss the 2020 season due to Tommy John surgery on his elbow. He signed a one-year, $9.7 million deal with the Mets in January.