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.

Recent Stories

LOC
When Thanksgiving Tradition Included Halloween-Like Masquerading

There was once a time when Thanksgiving custom more resembled Halloween masquerading than turkey and history lessons. That’s right. So get out your masks, people! Thanksgivoween is upon is. Check the history. Two key words: masking and mumming. To surmise thousands of years of he said/he said, most agree the word masking encompasses all forms […]

hanksy-thanksgiving-2014
And Here’s Another ‘T. Hanksgiving Day’ Greeting from Street Artist Hanksy

Prolific downtown street artist Hanksy pasted a holiday greeting at his preferred spot on Orchard Street just north of Division. It’s another T. Hanksgiving Day message for the Lower East Side. Gobble gobble.

IMG_1311-1.JPG
Dimes is Expanding Operations to Include 49 Canal Street

Dimes opened in 2013 and quickly outgrew its cubbyhole commercial space. On any given day, 143 Division Street is stocked with trendy foodies willing to pay top dollar for product. It’s a total scene, and the space is simply not large enough for the concept. Not to mention the illegal bus stop at its doorstep […]

Bowery Mission Thanksgiving, Photo: Cynthia Chung
Bowery Mission Reaches Milestone 135th Year Serving Thanksgiving Meals to Those in Need

Consider it a marathon of giving. This Thursday will mark The Bowery Mission’s 135th Annual Thanksgiving dinner. Over  7,000 men, women and children throughout the Five Boroughs of New York will have a warm celebratory meal thanks to the organization and the efforts of its volunteers.  Speaking of, more than 600 volunteers will donate time at […]

sweetgreen-kenmare
Sweetgreen is Opening Its 3rd NYC Location Imminently on Kenmare Street

Upscaling continues on Kenmare Street unchecked, from the controversial Nolitan Hotel to Ken & Cook and the Butcher’s Daughter. As such, the demand for retail units along this four-block stretch hasn’t yielded in years. The newest entrant into the increasingly crowded four-block stretch is DC-based health spot, Sweetgreen. The chain-let is on a roll of […]

  • 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.