Rev. Al Sharpton seen maskless around his new luxury Upper East Side building
The Rev. Al Sharpton could be spreading more than the gospel from his new $2 million digs at the luxury Bristol Plaza on the Upper East Side.
The 66-year-old activist and MSNBC host has been forgoing a mask in the building’s common areas including the elevators and gym, according to a resident.
The Bristol Plaza is home to many senior citizens and also offers temporary apartments for cancer patients and others getting treatment at nearby Memorial-Sloan Kettering and other hospitals, the resident said.
In fact, Sharpton has been posting maskless videos of his “morning thoughts” from the building’s gym to his Instagram account.
Although the gym appears empty, masks are mandatory. And the condo building’s rules say “our residents are required to wear a mask or face covering whenever they leave their apartment, even if they do not go outside of the building.”
Violators are subject to a warning and then a $500 fine if they don’t comply. The fine would double if they continue to flout the rules, according to a Nov. 10 memo to residents.
A representative of the building’s management agency refused to say on whether the firebrand minister had been fined.
Sharpton moved into the three-bedroom condo on East 65th Street last year. His girlfriend, Aisha McShaw, is frequently seen with him there.
The apartment’s owner is investor Ofer Shabtai, who bought the pad for $2.1 million in June 2019, city records show.
He renovated it and offered it for rent for $14,000 a month, according to the real estate listing which describes it as a “spacious & sunsplashed corner 3 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths tower home with, great East and South Exposures with city views.”
Building amenities include an indoor pool and a sun deck with lounge chairs.
While living high on the hog, Sharpton and his companies still have more than $3 million in open tax warrants, according to public records.
Three of his businesses owe $760,309 in state corporate taxes.
There are $2.4 million in open federal tax liens for Sharpton and one business, although the exact amount owed is unclear. Sharpton has said he is paying down the debt.
Sharpton has been spotted outside the tower waiting to be picked up in a Mercedes or BMW SUV. His nonprofit National Action Network spent $777,632 on a high-end car service in 2019, although a spokeswoman said very little of that expense was for Sharpton, who she said has his own car.
Sharpton’s spokeswoman did not return a request for comment. The reverend may have gotten the message, though, because he has put on a mask in his most recent Instagram videos.