143 Ludlow Holdouts Fearing for Safety Amidst Hazardous Interior Demolition

Posted on: October 10th, 2012 at 6:23 am by

View through the ceiling

For the remaining holdouts at 143 Ludlow Street, the living situation amidst months of interior renovations is quickly worsening. Life-threatening, in fact. Samy Mahfar’s residential transformation has created quite the hazard – ceilings collapsing, shady asbestos abatement practices, questionably negligent interior demolition, and subsequent stop work orders. Not to mention the 76 (!) complaints levied on the property. Dollar signs for developers, danger for the denizens.

One such resident lives beneath an apartment undergoing demolition, and feared ceiling collapse on an almost daily basis. Numerous calls to 311 and letters to the landlord proved futile. The bathroom ceiling finally gave way a couple days ago, alas, resulting in some serious flooding. Luckily no one was on the pot at the time, but someone could get seriously hurt at this pace…

Meanwhile, there’s certainly a sense of helplessness inside 143 Ludlow. To cope and protect themselves, we are told the remaining eight (of twenty-one) have organized a Tenants Association.

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  • Concerned

    How about someone call local TV news, like 7 on your side, of Channel 5’s investigative reporter before the tenants get seriously injured.

  • jay

    Tenants have been repeatedly exposed to asbestos from contaminated plaster demolition – the remaining eight will end up owning the building.