Joseph Betesh

Residents of 83 Bowery Protest Margaret Chin for Selling out Chinatown

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 5:39 pm

With Margaret Chin up for re-election next month, these Chinatown Bowery denizens are making plenty of noise in opposition. The embattled tenants of 83-85 Bowery, deadlocked in battle with landlord Joseph Betesh, are protesting the councilwoman at her headquarters later today. The protest rally is the second such action in a month for this Tenants […]

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Bowery Tenants Protest Harassment and Eviction Tactics of Landlord Joseph Betesh

Last modified August 29, 2017 at 12:21 pm

Embattled rent regulated tenants at 83-85 Bowery are committed to fighting landlord Joseph Betesh. The Tenants Association there is holding a protest against Betesh later today to shine light on the displacement and alleged lack of repairs in the two tenements. Betesh purchased the adjacent tenements at 83-85 Bowery back in 2013 alongside ten other […]

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Footwear Brand, Camper, Unveils New ‘CamperLab’ Store on the Bowery

Posted September 15, 2016 at 5:08 am

Contemporary footwear company Camper is set to launch one of its newest retail verticals on the Bowery. You’ll recall that the Spanish-based brand planted a flag at 221 Bowery shortly after Chair-Up was unseated, and relocated around the corner to Delancey Street. We first published that story in August. Construction of the plywood shed commenced […]

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Bank of America Signage is up at Former ‘Diamond Corner’ on the Bowery

Posted August 3, 2016 at 5:11 am

This here is the brief epithet about the corporate invasion of the Bowery, visualized. Or, how Bank of America installed another branch in Chinatown. News of its arrival at 88 Bowery preceded that of the wraparound, red-white-and-blue signage installed earlier this week. Gone is the plywood shed, too, deposed a few weeks ago to reveal […]

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Tenants Protest Bowery Landlord Joseph Betesh with Demonstration at Dr. Jay’s this Morning

Last modified August 29, 2017 at 12:51 pm

Advocates of holdout tenants living at 83-85 Bowery now charge that controversial landlord Joseph Betesh misled the public last month that a settlement was reached and that the 27 low-income families would be spared eviction. Apparently, no such accord was forged. The Coalition to Protect Chinatown and the Lower East Side organized a demonstration for this […]

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Report: Bowery Landlord Joseph Betesh Settles with Tenants Over Harassment Dispute

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 5:36 pm

Could the tide be turning against the some of the more controversial landlords of the Lower East Side? Yesterday, one day after Steve Croman was charged with 20 felonies, the residents of 83-85 Bowery announced a legal settlement in the lawsuit with their landlord, Joseph Betesh. The deal, which is still being hammered out, staves off […]

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VK Nagrani Transforms Bowery Coffee Space into New ‘Lodge’ at 87 East Houston

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 5:43 pm

One vintage purveyor is traded for another at 87 East Houston Street. Bowery Coffee and its sister antique shop B4 It Was Cool both bit the dust back in January 2015. Rent hike was the likely culprit, with one barista telling us at the time that the business “was no longer economically feasible.” Listings in the […]

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Ongoing Tenant Harassment on the Bowery Sparks Rally Against Landlord Joseph Betesh

Posted April 13, 2016 at 5:00 am

​Embattled tenants of 83-85 Bowery are still struggling against their landlord of three years, Joseph Betesh. The Dr. Jay’s magnate purchased these adjacent tenements back in 2013 alongside ten other Bowery buildings in a blockbuster portfolio deal valued at $62 million. It didn’t take long for the alleged harassment to begin. Holdout tenants subsequently organized […]

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Bank of America Officially Announces Itself at Former ‘Diamond Corner’ on the Bowery

Posted April 4, 2016 at 5:18 am

The banner affixed to the plywood shed is confirmation enough – Bank of America is indeed opening a branch at 88 Bowery. They “look forward to seeing you” (and taking your money). We saw this coming for more than a year. Ever since Dr. Jay’s owner Joseph Betesh acquired the property in 2013 – it […]

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The Bowery’s Former ‘Diamond Corner’ Will Become a Bank of America Branch, After All

Posted March 7, 2016 at 5:00 am

​Down at 88 Bowery, homogeneity is welcomed with open arms. Gone are the jewelers and in comes the bank. The Diamond Corner is officially kaput with the removal of its old-timey signage last week. Contractors have been busy at 88 Bowery for months, combining the adjacent stores into a larger space. You’ll recall that the […]

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