‘Construction as Harassment’ of Tenants the Subject of BP Gale Brewer Town Hall Tonight
These days, many longtime Lower East Side residents are, for the most part, living in a Choose Your Own Adventure story gone wrong (“if you agree to move out of your apartment forever because the lead dust from construction is poisoning you, turn to page 68; if you decide to say ‘damn the man!’ and let it ride, turn to page 42″). The laundry list of horrors and poor practices tenants often endure in the name of greed is a blight on the neighborhood. A blight that’s finally being brought to a head, thanks to coalition groups and the increasing involvement of local government.
As such, tonight Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and the Stand for Tenant Safety Coalition is hosting a town hall meeting as well as a training on “construction as harassment,” better known as disruptive construction in residential buildings with the intention or effect of harassing/intimidating and displacing tenants.
Attendees will hear from tenants about their personal experiences, learn methods for fighting landlords who employ construction harassment tactics, and learn about pending legislation aimed to help crack down on construction as harassment, and improve housing and buildings enforcement.
The Town Hall is tonight at 6:30 pm at Manhattan B.P.’s Office, 1 Centre Street, 19th Floor (South).