Croman Tenants at 159 Stanton Street Displaced Due to Perilous Living Conditions
“I can’t sleep here, the ceiling could come down on me while sleeping.” –Scared Tenant, 159 Stanton Street
The timing was tragic.
Two days after New York City Housing Court demanded slumlord Steve Croman (aka 9300 Realty) address structural problems on the third floor, two apartments were vacated by order of the city. Several residents had already relayed fears of living in their homes before, during, and after the hearing. And their concerns proved accurate.
Department of Buildings inspectors issued partial vacate orders on Saturday morning to second-floor front apartments for “partial ceiling collapse due to construction activity in apartments above on 3rd floor.” There are also a handful of stop-work orders on the property, the latest of which was issued on Saturday for “failure to safeguard” tenants from the ongoing construction.
Makes sense. We learned from said hearing that joists supporting the third floor are allegedly sagging significantly and one is actually braced. These longtime occupants, including a man and his twelve-year-old son, were forced to relocate (with the assistance of Red Cross) and it’s unknown if and when they’ll return to 159 Stanton Street.
“It is unacceptable and infuriating that Steve Croman continues to push tenants out of their homes here on the Lower East Side,” said Assemblymember Niou in the wake of Saturday’s vacate. “The pattern of tenant harassment at 159 Stanton is clear, and we now have tenants being ordered to vacate their homes due to unsafe conditions. Just a few days ago, I wrote a letter to Croman demanding immediate repairs at this building, along with my colleagues. These deplorable housing conditions must be fixed right away, and I will continue to push for repairs and tenants’ safety.”
The letter Niou referenced was a joint effort with other local electeds – Borough President Brewer, State Senators Squadron and Hoylman, and Councilmembers Chin and Mendez – to end the “deplorable living conditions” at 159 Stanton Street.