Facing 25 Years in Prison, Slumlord Steve Croman Spotted in the Wilds of Mott Street

Posted on: February 6th, 2017 at 5:08 am by


The above is a blurry photo of reviled landlord Steve Croman entering 221 Mott Street. In the wild. Considering the man is potentially staring down the barrel of twenty-five years in prison, and that he’s allegedly still harassing tenants in his properties via phone calls, this is an intriguing sight.

This particular tenement – 221 Mott Street – has a long history with the Croman enterprise. The property was apparently his first big purchase after stepping into the business twenty-seven years ago at age 24. Two years later, the building was his.

In recent years, the address saw a spate of upscaling activity. Ongoing renovations and remodeling. And, to give you an idea of the greed – it’s $3,395 for a small one-bedroom, a disclaimer of which accompanies real estate listings.

Croman has been charged with twenty felonies including grand larceny, falsifying business records, tax fraud, conspiring to defraud, and offering a false instrument; his mortgage broker Barry Swartz faces fifteen felonies including grand larceny, falsifying records, and conspiring to defraud. The two could get up to twenty-five years in prison apiece if convicted.

Anyway, hearings for Croman’s criminal case will be held tomorrow; the civil suit is to be heard on March 7. Unless it changes again.

Recent Stories

How the New Owners Really Feel About the Demolition of Sunshine Cinema

The wrecking ball is coming for the Sunshine Cinema – which closed down at the end of January – and the new ownership couldn’t care less about it. In a Q&A with the Commercial Observer this week, Gregory Kraut, a managing partner at K Property Group, exhuded a rather flippant attitude toward the 1898-era building. Kraut’s […]

Upscaled 168 Suffolk Street Sells for $12M

As East Houston Street continues its trajectory to luxury life – there are multiple towers under construction – the effects are felt in the immediate vicinity. Case in point: the sale of 168 Suffolk Street for more than twice the purchase price three years ago. Eunhasu Corporation acquired the gussied-up 168 Suffolk Street for $12 […]

OddFellows is Opening a New Ice Cream Shop on East Houston

Without craning your neck upward, you would probably have no idea that OddFellows is opening a new outpost on East Houston Street. Six months after its autumnal “carnival” stunt nearby in SoHo, the Brooklyn-based ice cream shop is readying something new at the corner of Mott Street. Interior build-out has been underway here for the […]

How to Snitch on Building Owners for Not Shoveling the Snow

After snowstorms, many building owners are guilty of neglecting the sidewalk cleanup. Some are late to it, and others just ignore altogether. Some are even chronic offenders; you know who they are if you’ve walked the Lower East Side streets enough. Here are the rules for snow or ice cleanup. Landlords basically have a four-hour […]

Vacate Order Partially Lifted After 85 Bowery Staircase Replaced

Rehabilitation of 85 Bowery hit a snag this week after workers discovered asbestos while replacing the unstable staircase. Presence of the carcinogen on the third and fourth floors means that the timetable to completion is now delayed. But the staircase is now complete, and the Department of Buildings acted in kind. The full vacate order […]