Displaced Croman Tenants Return to the Battlezone of 159 Stanton Street
After a month in exile, Steve Croman’s tenants were finally permitted to return home to 159 Stanton Street. The city had issued a partial vacate order in late February, which led to their temporary removal.
The fiasco centered on the purported death-trap living conditions that residents of this tenement faced. We learned that fire-stopping materials were apparently stripped from the premises during ongoing renovations sometime between August and October 2015. This information came to light during the first court appearance, after tenants collectively sued landlord Steve Croman. Meaning, the building was left vulnerable to major fire risks for an estimated eighteen months, and apparently no one knew.
The court ordered Croman to reinstate fire-stopping materials into 159 Stanton Street immediately. However, structural damage from prior renovation was reportedly so extensive, that during the re-application of fire retardant, two tenants’ ceilings caved in. Those units were immediately vacated by the Department of Buildings.
It wasn’t until a couple weeks ago that the residents were permitted back.
This is all happening while Croman faces twenty felony counts and potentially twenty-five years in the clinker. Indeed, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s criminal case against Croman is proceeding. The reviled landlord returns to court tomorrow. In the meantime, we hear from one resident that, “despite a stop-work order, construction work is still being done on the second and third floors. Everyone is surprised that even with 20 pending felony charges and charges of tenant harassment, Steve Croman carries on as usual.”
“Considering everything, we are really worried about what they are doing.”
As post-script, 159 Stanton tenants created this fake movie poster as part of an April Fools’ prank.