159 Stanton Street

Slumlord Steve Croman is Headed to Rikers, Must Pay $5M Settlement

Posted June 7, 2017 at 5:18 am

Steve Croman, a prolific New York City landlord (140 buildings) known for harassing his tenants and destroying quality of life, plead guilty yesterday to charges of fraudulently refinancing loans and comitting tax fraud. Under the terms of his plea, Croman will serve one year on Rikers Island and is forced to pay a $5 million […]

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Report: Slumlord Steve Croman to Cop Plea Deal with Light Sentence

Posted May 3, 2017 at 5:04 am

One year ago, Steve Croman was charged with twenty felonies including grand larceny, falsifying business records, tax fraud, conspiring to defraud, and offering a false instrument. Not to mention a simultaneous civil lawsuit for allegedly “directing an illegal operation that wields harassment, coercion and fraud to force rent-regulated tenants out of their apartments.” He’s been free on $500,000 bail […]

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Displaced Croman Tenants Return to the Battlezone of 159 Stanton Street

Posted April 4, 2017 at 5:00 am

After a month in exile, Steve Croman’s tenants were finally permitted to return home to 159 Stanton Street. The city had issued a partial vacate order in late February, which led to their temporary removal. The fiasco centered on the purported death-trap living conditions that residents of this tenement faced. We learned that fire-stopping materials […]

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Fearing a Fiery Death in Croman-Owned 159 Stanton Street

Posted March 31, 2017 at 9:39 am

Controversial landlord Steve Croman has a new nickname; his tenants are apparently calling him the “Fire Menace.” With good reason. Two of his properties, including 159 Stanton Street, are (timely) textbook examples of alleged construction harassment that led to flagrant safety violations and vacate orders. For instance, tenants living in the half-renovated 159 Stanton Street previously […]

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Left in Limbo: Choosing Between Safety and Keeping Our Homes at 159 Stanton [OP-ED]

Posted March 7, 2017 at 9:38 am

The following piece was written by a vacated tenant on behalf of the 159 Stanton Street Tenants Association. On Saturday, February 25, 2017, two apartments at 159 Stanton Street, were vacated due to “imminent danger” to people and property in the building. Several residents, including a 12-year-old child, were displaced. We have been left in limbo, […]

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Croman Tenants at 159 Stanton Street Displaced Due to Perilous Living Conditions

Posted February 27, 2017 at 5:17 am

“I can’t sleep here, the ceiling could come down on me while sleeping.” –Scared Tenant, 159 Stanton Street The timing was tragic. Two days after New York City Housing Court demanded slumlord Steve Croman (aka 9300 Realty) address structural problems on the third floor, two apartments were vacated by order of the city. Several residents had already […]

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Breaking: Vacate Orders Issued at Steve Croman’s 159 Stanton Street

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 7:10 pm

Embattled tenants of Steve Croman’s 159 Stanton Street face another immediate danger today. Department of Buildings inspectors showed up this morning and issued vacate orders on two of the unit, reportedly displacing tenants. Nothing is filed on the city database yet. The directives are likely related to the perilous conditions created while upscaling this tenement. […]

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Croman Tenants at 159 Stanton Street Head Back to Court as Living Conditions Worsen

Last modified February 22, 2017 at 9:23 am

While reviled landlord Steve Croman awaits judgement on charges of twenty felonies including grand larceny, falsifying business records, tax fraud, conspiring to defraud, and offering a false instrument, tenants at one of his Lower East Side properties are pressing ahead with their own lawsuit. You’ll recall that tenants at 159 Stanton Street collectively filed suit against Steve Croman back […]

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Steve Croman Tenants at 159 Stanton Street File Harassment Lawsuit

Posted December 16, 2016 at 5:18 am

Yesterday, tenants of 159 Stanton Street held a press conference calling out slumlord Steve Croman on his predatory equity practices, and subsequently publicized their lawsuit against him for alleged tenant harassment and unsafe building conditions. As we’ve previously reported, this isn’t the first time he’s been accused of unethical eviction tactics, not to mention that such methods were recently aired in significant […]

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