Gotham Court Terrace Party Sparks Fire on 2nd Floor, Management is Mum

Posted on: August 17th, 2015 at 5:00 am by
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Gotham Court, Essex St. facadeFrom the files of Gotham Court (152 Ludlow/149-151 Essex), we have more egregious evidence typifying the unchecked partying at the frat compound. First up, the photo below portrays a bro splayed across the parapet in reasonable danger of falling. Neighbors relayed the image as well as a reminder of how similar actions resulted in a death at 38 Delancey last month. Cops were called, and even dispatched to Essex Street, but the problem apparently wasn’t rectified.

And even worsened.

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Three hours after the photo was taken (11:30pm), a fire started on this same second-floor terrace. A neighbor called the authorities after seeing one of the tenants battling flames with a fire extinguisher. Firefighters arrived to remedy the situation and no one was hurt. It was the second such fire at the Gotham Court in as many months. This serious incident further highlights the concern that onsite balconies and the roof deck at Gotham Court were purportedly constructed with non-fire-grade material, and are flammable and/or combustible.

We were told a few weeks ago that top brass at Hubb NYC – which purchased the property in June for $29.1 million – was taking the rowdiness seriously. That they would soon begin implementing changes to address the behavior of its tenants, like closing the roof deck on the Essex Street building, installing security cameras, and identifying those tenants who are actively listing their apartments on Airbnb. No positive results yet; Hubb NYC is still hiding behind that excuse of not being able to “change human behavior” of its tenants. It’s clear not enough is being done.

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FDNY had to extinguish a fire on the 2nd floor terraceSo, the Lower East Side Dwellers are now at the forefront of the cause, and already ratcheting up the pressure on Hubb NYC. It’s a full court press. “The cavalier behavior of tenants at 152 Ludlow and 149-151 Essex Street is outright dangerous,” founder Diem Boyd tells us. “A fire at this location on Saturday night underscores that Hubb NY, has been unsuccessful at reigning its tenants in despite the presence of an ongoing, serious threat to public safety that has been brought to their attention for months by our organization.”

“We ask that they publicly announce a plan for eliminating or dramatically restricting use of the outdoor spaces so the common safety of tenants, neighbors, businesses and visitors is maintained.”

In the meantime, neighbors must contend with the dangerous fallout from these frat parties. Check out the proximity of these Gotham Court terraces to the neighboring buildings. No wonder those in the vicinity are fed up. The recent change in ownership provided the perfect opportunity to pounce on the situation.

Just another Saturday night at Gotham Court…

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