Report: SRO Tenants at 81 Bowery Evicted Again Yesterday
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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:
Tenants at 81 Bowery are currently being evicted.CAAAV is currently on-site.Stay tuned for more updates.
— CAAAV (@caaav) March 7, 2013
Responded to VACATE @ 81 Bowery St, Manhattan, NY 10002 and helped 32 Residents. Red Cross auto update. — NY Red Cross (@redcrossny) March 8, 2013
Evicted tenants at 81 Bowery provided with Red Cross housing for the weekend.Situation still unfolding, stay tuned this weekend.
— CAAAV (@caaav) March 8, 2013
Below is the CNN report from February 28: