85 Bowery Landlord Puts up Displaced Tenants in Nearby Wyndham Garden Hotel
With the deadline to complete emergency repairs elapsed (February 1), it would appear that the controversial landlord of 85 Bowery has caved to pressure to house his displaced tenants until the job is done.
You’ll recall that 75 residents of 85 Bowery were evacuated from the Chinatown tenement two weeks ago after a court-ordered inspection resulted in a full vacate on the property due to an unstable stairwell.
The predominantly low-income families have been staying at a Brooklyn hotel since January 18. Since then, advocacy groups and politicians across the local spectrum urged landlord Joseph Betesh to foot the accommodations until the stairs are fixed and tenants can return home. Councilwoman Chin also re-introduced legislation that would require negligent landlords to foot the bill for relocation costs in such situations. That hands-on approach, plus a torrent of negative news stories, and Betesh now seems to have submitted.
He purchased 18 rooms at the adjacent Wyndham Garden Hotel until rehabilitation is complete. A local hotel, so that the displaced can remain in Chinatown.
“We are providing these quality hotel accommodations for families of 85 Bowery to ensure they are able to remain in the local community while our work continues,” a Betesh spokesperson tells us. “Our team is working diligently each day to repair the severely damaged infrastructure of 85 Bowery and make the building safe for habitation. We all share the same goal – moving families back into their homes as quickly as possible.”