Gotham Court on Ludlow Street is a Drunken Frat Compound that Must be Tamed

Posted on: July 16th, 2015 at 9:23 am by
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Last month, we learned that the Gotham Court complex in Hell Square (152 Ludlow/149-151 Essex) changed hands for the second time in as many years. Four Winds Real Estate flipped the pair of conjoined buildings for $29.1 million, pocketing $10 million in profits on their initial investment. Hubb NYC is the new owner of record.

And so Hubb NYC inherits a property that’s essentially a frat compound marked by frequent rooftop parties in a dangerous space. Neighbors are alarmed by the degradation in quality of life stemming from these rowdy get-togethers that include DJ-level music, open BBQ fires, skateboarding (seriously), screaming/shrieking, and bottles left precariously on parapets.

Not to mention, the rooftop itself is a total fire hazard. The deck itself was purportedly constructed using non-fire-grade combustible material and therefore poses a fire risk to the building and, frankly, the whole block. All it takes is one discarded candle, flicked cigarette, or out-of-control (illegal) barbecue.

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This is what happens when your illegal BBQ goes bad

One resident living in the vicinity of Gotham Court recently quipped that deck parties are a nightly occurrence, especially on weekends. To give you an idea: “[These tenants are] obnoxious, precious, millenials who throw cigarettes and empty bottles onto our building’s backyard. They don’t give a shit about anyone. It’s pretty much where the people that go to Epstein’s Bar and Libation live. All under 25 yrs old.”

It’s also worth mentioning that the impromptu dance party/mob this past New Year’s Eve, which quickly devolved into bedlam (i.e. brawl, attacking cops), is believed to have originated from Gotham Court.

Barring rooftop access would certainly be a productive first step in taming the beast. Even Ben Shaoul opted this route with his Bloom 62 property in Alphabet City.

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