Breaking: DOB Evacuates Embattled Betesh Tenants from 85 Bowery
Down on the Bowery, total pandemonium right now as the authorities just evacuated the embattled tenants of 85 Bowery. Apparently the primary staircase is destabilized due to purported neglect, and a vacate order subsequently issued.
This sudden liquidation follows a month after the state Department of Homes and Community Renewal (DHCR) determined that apartments in the building are legally rent stabilized and tenants could stay. It was a brief shimmer of hope that seems to have crashed to the ground.
Department of Buildings officers, OEM, police, and firefighters descended upon the tenements earlier this evening to enforce the order. At least 75 residents were forced out into the frigid temperatures. The entrance is cordoned off with caution tape, as residents fled with whatever they could carry.
We are told that the Red Cross has approximately 100 hotel rooms on hold in case tenants have nowhere else to go. Apparently they can only stay two to three nights there…
Landlord Joseph Betesh purchased 83-85 Bowery back in 2013 alongside ten other Bowery buildings in a blockbuster $62 million portfolio deal. For two years, residents have accused the Dr. Jay’s magnate of harassment and attempting to evict them. Betesh argues that the side-by-side tenements require much-needed structural repairs.
More as it develops.