How a famed maestro went from high-rise to homeless

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He went from Sutton Place to a homeless shelter.

Michael S. Gregori traveled the world, earned two degrees from Juilliard, performed at the Metropolitan Opera and made beautiful music with prima ballerina Eva Evdokimova, who became his wife.

Now, the 65-year-old maestro with the walrus mustache calls the George Daly House on East Fourth Street home.

He describes living with mice “the size of poodles” and waterbugs as big as “5-pound lobsters.”

“The toilet hasn’t worked in six to seven weeks, and the shower hasn’t worked in six months,” the double bassist told The Post, noting he’s taken to sponge baths.

Just two years ago he was living in style in an East 56th Street high-rise owned by his mother, Katherine Gregori, an accomplished woman who translated Hitler’s financial documents for the Secret Service, swam with champion swimmer-actress Esther Williams and worked with master filmmaker Orson Welles.

Michael moved into the posh, 40-story tower with the heated, roof-top pool in 2006, while his wife battled cancer.

The couple needed a place in the city to be close to where she was being treated. His wife died in 2009 at age 60. “She was wonderful. We were just compatible. Never had a fight. We had many homes in Europe. We loved books, music, all the arts. We were inseparable,” Gregori said of Evdokimova, who was once regarded as one of the finest ballerina in the world.

Around the same time, his mother’s health “began to deteriorate,” according to court papers filed in a family squabble over the residence. Katherine wound up hospitalized and staying in nursing homes, and when she wanted to return to her apartment in 2011, “it became apparent that [Michael] was both unwilling and incapable of providing the necessary care” for her, according to a 2012 lawsuit she filed against him in Manhattan Supreme Court.

Julliard-trained double bassist Michael Gregori says a family feud forced him out of his late mother's Sutton Place apartment (left) and into an East Village shelter.
Julliard-trained double bassist Michael Gregori says a family feud forced him out of his late mother’s Sutton Place apartment (left) and into an East Village shelter.Brian Zak; Angel Chevrestt

Katherine sought to evict her son and to collect more than $400,000 in damages. The 92-year-old woman claimed her son refused to move out of the house and had changed the locks. She died on Nov. 3, 2012, before the suit could be resolved.

“She was a wonderful mother. She was there for everybody. She was the surrogate mother for all of my friends. But she had demons,” Gregori said, calling her suit “bogus.”

The legal battle royale eventually ended in Maryland, where Katharine Gregori last resided with Michael’s brother Peter, who was named executor of Katherine’s estate. Michael unsuccessfully contested her will, which gave Peter 75 percent of her assets — primarily the Sutton Place apartment, The Post reported in 2013.

Michael was eventually forced to leave the posh pad. Soon he maxed out his credit cards by bouncing from hotel to hotel. He has been living in the privately run, city-run shelter since October 2017. His family was stunned by the news of his spiral. “He’s living in a men’s shelter?” Gregori’s shocked older sister Mary Ellen Tytell, 73, said when phoned by a reporter. She declined to comment further. Peter Gregori did not return messages.

Michael, meanwhile, says he is comforted by his memories of a “magnificent” 27-year marriage. As for his mother, he says she was cremated and that her remains are “in Manhattan Mini Storage.”

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