Tenants at 151 Norfolk Street Fearful of Takeover by Notorious Landlord with Harassment History

Posted on: June 23rd, 2016 at 5:07 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

Residents of 151 Norfolk Street are freaking out. Especially the rent-regulated ones. Their tenement building at the corner of Stanton Street just changed hands last week for an undisclosed sum. While city records aren’t yet updated to reflect the transaction, the landlord is revealed to be one of the bad guys.

We just received a tip that “Rent stabilized tenants were notified by R.A. Cohen & Associates about purchase of 151 Norfolk Street and are very worried what is to come.” (You can read the full letter below.) With good reason. This company is known for its poor behavior in Chinatown, where more than a year of alleged harassment had previously transpired. The firm purchased 135-137 Eldridge Street in 2014 for $11 million and reportedly resorted to the tenant harassment playbook – evictions, buyouts, changing apartment numbers, and hazardous interior demolition as intimidation.

The letter, addressed to the tenants of 151 Norfolk Street, notes that “effective June 15, 2016, ownership of 151 Norfolk Street has been transferred to 151 Norfolk Associates LLC c/o R.A. Cohen & Associates, Inc.” There is also a “commitment to quality management” from the full-service real estate investment company, and how they “look forward to putting our expertise to work on your behalf.” For rent-regulated tenants, that “expertise” may or may not signal more of the same.

Letter to Residents of 151 Norfolk Street

Recent Stories

The Year of the Rat Scurries In

It’s the Year of the Rat! This week marks the 21st year of New York City’s Lunar New Year celebration, and no doubt the organizers are scurrying around in preparation for a veritable smorgasbord of festivities. As in years past, the festivities will kick off with the explosive Firecracker Ceremony Saturday morning at 11:00am (January 25) […]

Public Hotel-Adjacent Condo Ascends 4 Stories

The north end of Chrystie Street continues its gilded march toward luxury. Despite the scruffy park at its doorstep. Owner-developer KD Sagamore, which scooped up 199 and 201 Chrystie over the last several years for a combined $20 million, filed for re-development back in December 2017. The plans included merging both parcels into one tax lot, […]

Fat Baby Replacement Evicted Before Ever Opening

The Fat Baby space is again up for grabs. Eviction papers were taped to the door last week, indicating that the latest proposal for the Suave Bar and Restaurant is dead in the water. Suave was the third suitor in the last year for 112 Rivington Street. Principal Erinson Salce (of Sahara East on First […]

Christopher Marte Launches City Council Campaign for 2021

Christopher Marte is jumping back into the City Council election ring. With three-time Councilmember Margaret Chin terming out next year, the local politician is looking to capitalize early on the District 1 seat. Essentially building on the momentum he created during the 2017 election that gave Chin a run for her money. (The incumbent squeaked […]

The Delancey Street ‘Rainbow’ is No More

Discount retailer, Rainbow, is no longer part of the Lower East Side landscape. The longtime store at 110 Delancey Street is now closed up for good. Employees told us back in October that the lease expired, and wasn’t renewed. This particular store had been at 110 Delancey for well over a decade. At one point […]