Report: SRO Tenants at 81 Bowery Evicted Again Yesterday

Posted on: March 8th, 2013 at 6:09 am by
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[Photo: New York Times]The single-room occupancy (SRO) at 81 Bowery has been a relatively hot topic of conversation in recent years. Back in November 2008, the Chinatown tenement, which carries a history of building code violations, was evacuated after the city deemed the space too hazardous for living. Those refugees were permitted to return to those domiciles nine months later. End of story, right? Wrong.

At the end of February, 81 Bowery again made national headlines, thanks to a ten-minute “expose” that ran on CNN. Yesterday afternoon, just over a week after the report surfaced, another crackdown ensued. The FDNY vacated the premises. CAAAV was immediately on scene, noting via Twitter that “tenants are being evicted as we type this.” Red Cross also responded to the vacate order, reportedly helping 32 residents. Those affected will apparently have shelter through the weekend.

More as it develops. Meanwhile, if you have any photos or other info, please shoot us an email.

And here are some Twitter bites to digest:

 

 

Below is the CNN report from February 28:

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