Julius Mehrberg, a Staten Island homebuilder who developed properties across New York City, dies at 92.


STATEN ISLAND, NY – Julius Mehrberg, home builder and developer of single and multi-family homes in Manhattan, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island, died May 26 at his home in Jupiter, Florida. He was 92 years old.

Mr. Mehrberg, a first-generation American to parents Louis and Ettel Scherrmarkman Mehrberg, who immigrated from Austria/Poland and Ukraine respectively, worked as a youth in his father’s small grocery store in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn.

He would be the first in his family to graduate from college and the first to own his own home.

Mr. Mehrberg has resided in several communities on Staten Island, most recently living in Emerson Hill for 20 years.

Julius Mehrberg with President Jimmy Carter as they discussed housing policy. (Courtesy of Randy Mehrberg)Staten Island Advance


Known as Julie, he was born in the Bronx on June 6, 1929 and lived in every borough of New York. However, he has spent most of his adult life living and working on Staten Island.

He graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1947 and from City College of New York in 1951.

After college, he was drafted into the United States Army and served in the Counterintelligence Division during the Korean War conflict and served in Okinawa.

A home builder by trade, he has developed single-family and multi-family homes in all five boroughs and on Long Island.

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Julius Mehrberg and his wife Helen along the Yellowstone River. (Courtesy of Randy Mehrberg)Staten Island Advance

Over the years he built 700 houses in Bulls Head. He also built Stonegate, Stonegate at Grasmere, Stonegate at Emerson Hill and on Drumgoole Road. His office was located on Fingerboard Road, near Advance’s former home.

“A first-generation American, my father was the first in his family to graduate from college and own a home,” his son, Randy Mehrberg, said. “He started with little and accomplished a lot in business and in life. He showed us the way, always reminding us to share our gifts with others. Dad was a proud and committed member of the Staten Island community and was dedicated to contributing to his quality of life. He lived well and with no regrets. His life is a model for all of us.

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Julius Mehrberg, right, and his son, Randy Mehrberg. (Courtesy of Randy Mehrberg)Staten Island Advance

“I had the unique opportunity to know Julie both in the family context as his stepson, and on the job, where for a few years I worked directly for him at Stonegate,” Matty said. Pillar. “At home he was wise, kind, fun, playful, pleasant and loving. I am especially grateful for the love and joy he shared with my mother, his wife Helen, for their 41 plus years of marriage. We have all lost a lot, but he will forever be in our hearts.


Mr. Mehrberg was elected to and served as president of the New York City Builders’ Association. He served as president of the New York State Builders Association and was a life director and convention chairman of the National Association of Home Builders.

He was a longtime director of the Staten Island Savings Bank and the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden.

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Julius Mehrberg, left, with his wife Helen and brother Morty Mehrberg. (Courtesy of Randy Mehrberg)Staten Island Advance


Mr. Mehrberg had four children with his first wife, the late June Shapiro, Randy Mehrberg (Michele Schara), Peter Mehrberg (Joyce), Jill Mehrberg and Pam Siegman (Stuart, deceased).

He was married to Helen for over 41 years and they shared life with their combined nine children, 14 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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Julius Mehrberg, center, with his four children, from left, Jill, Peter, Randy and Pam. (Courtesy of Randy Mehrberg)Staten Island Advance

He loved and cherished his children and stepchildren, Matthew Piliere (Caroline), Michael Piliere (Madeline), Joanne Giardino (Thomas), Deborah Piliere (wife of Daniel, deceased), Jennifer Dessino (Dominic) and was a significant part of each of their lives.

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Julius Mehrberg with his children and their children. (Photo courtesy of Christopher Olivieri)

Mr. Mehrberg loved golf and tennis and spent many hours in his later years at Richmond County Country Club in Dongan Hills and Jonathan’s Landing Golf Club in Jupiter, Florida.

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Julius Mehrberg, second from right, back row, and his family at Yellowstone National Park. (Courtesy of Randy Mehrberg)Staten Island Advance

“My close friend Jules was respected and admired on Staten Island,” said Alan Bernikow. “He left his mark as an important real estate player in the development of this borough. He will be truly missed by my wife and me.

Attorney R. Randy Lee said, “Julie was a good friend, strong partner and valued mentor for over 50 years. His impact on my life and on the home building industry, both locally and nationally, will not be duplicated or easily forgotten.

Mr. Mehrberg is survived by his children and stepchildren, grandchildren: Dillon, Sam, Eric, Ari and Sarah Mehrberg, Sean and Sydney Siegman, Matthew Piliere, Christopher and Nicole Olivieri, Dana and Tara Piliere, Sara and Emma Drawing, and great-grandchildren, Dominic and Avery Schumacher, and Harper Piliere.

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Julius Mehrberg and his grandchildren (Photo courtesy of Christopher Olivieri)

He was predeceased by his parents, Louis and Ettel, his brother Morton, his son-in-law Stuart Siegman and his stepson, Daniel Piliere.

The funeral will be Wednesday at Menorah Chapels in New Springville at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at New Dorp Moravian Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Mehrberg’s memory may be made to the Jupiter Medical Center Foundation in support of the JMC Auxiliary, where he volunteered. The address is 1210 South Old Dixie Highway, Jupiter, Florida 33458, Attention: Dominique Kruisland.

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June 1984 at Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA. The day Matt Piliere graduated from USMC Warrant Officer Basic School. Piliere poses with Julius and Helen Mehrberg. (Photo courtesy of Christopher Olivieri)


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