Week After ‘Gas Leak’ and Shutoff at 80 Delancey Street, Residents Remain without Gas

Posted on: December 1st, 2016 at 5:16 am by
This image has been archived or removed.

Last Tuesday, just before the Thanksgiving break, there was an apparent gas leak at 80 Delancey Street. Con Edison quickly shut off the utility to the building.

Residents are pissed, though, mainly due to the purported lack of transparency from management. The building owner of record is the Vintage Group (80 Delancey, LLC), a somewhat lesser-known landlord on the Lower East Side. We’re told by one dweller that Vintage has, to date, “done nothing to update its residents” in any capacity about the gas leak and subsequent shutoff. Despite requests for info.

Said tenant, who asked to remain anonymous for obvious reasons, noted the following:

I went into a few of the businesses to ask [for info about the leak].  Starbucks was clueless and only said that they don’t use gas (no cooking etc).  The boiler is still working in the building (electric) so there is hot water in the apartments and the Starbucks.  I then went to Cohen’s optical and they said they had to leave momentarily on the Tuesday of the shutoff because the gas smell was overwhelming and they were concerned.  I also went into the 99 cent pizza hole on Orchard (the only other business underneath 80 Delancey) and they advised me that their pizza ovens are electric.

The purported leak might be connected to the overall renovations happening at this through-block property. Several apartments inside the tenement are undergoing a makeover, permits for which were issued over the summer.

“The only reason [Vintage does] not have a bigger problem on their hands is that 90% of the building is being renovated so they are able to treat us remaining tenants like garbage because we are such a small percentage,” the tenant tipster tells us.

Vintage Group acquired the six-story property in April 2007 for $9.79 million.

Recent Stories

Stringer Punts on East Side Coastal Resilience Contract

For advocates of East River Park, a brief reprieve. City Comptroller, and former mayoral candidate Scott Stringer did not sign the $1.2 billion construction contract with IPC Resiliency Partners that would kickstart city funding for the East Side Coastal Resilience project. It apparently boils down to missing info and the review period having elapsed. “As […]

Restless Soul: Christopher Paul Stelling at Rockwood Music Hall

Christopher Paul Stelling lived in New York City for a few years. He inhabits a restless soul, however. Originally from Daytona Beach, Florida, the artist has lived in Colorado, Washington, Massachusetts, and currently resides in Asheville, North Carolina. He spends a lot of time on the road, too, except that last year he had no […]

Wegmans Market to Open at Former Astor Place Kmart

Something rather unexpected. Not two weeks after Kmart terminated its presence in Astor Place, its replacement is announced. From left field – Wegmans is to open its first Manhattan grocery at this location. The well-regarded, Rochester-based chain already maintains a store in Brooklyn. Curb your enthusiasm, though, as the new Wegmans won’t open at 770 […]

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot Wraps its Summer Season

Shakespeare in the Parking Lot is wrapping up its latest affair with a lesser known production from the Bard’s canon. Continuing the Lower East Side tradition, the Drilling Company is back at the Clemente for three final performances this week – to perform Two Noble Kinsmen. For this iteration, director Hamilton Clancy has taken the […]

A Grave Marker for a Homeless Man Bludgeoned to Death on the Bowery

It’s been nearly two years since the city was rocked by the fatal bludgeoning of homeless men on the Bowery while they slept. Of the five beaten by 24-year-old attacker Randy Santos, four ultimately died – Chuen Kwok, Anthony Manson, Florencio Moran, and Nazario Vasquez-Villegas. Chuen Kwok was a vulnerable senior who, after the passing […]