The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory Battling Eviction Over its Water Usage
The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, one of the longest running ice cream shops in the city, is battling an eviction from its landlord.
The New York Post reported yesterday that the owner of 65 Bayard Street has been trying to muscle out the family-owned dessert shop for allegedly using too much water.
The tiff apparently began in early December when the Department of Health issued a summons for failure to register the water tower, prompting landlord (and local lawyer) Nolan Cheng to threaten eviction. Cheng reportedly gave the Seid family, which founded the business in 1978, five days to fix the problem or else.
However, the Seid family is calling bullshit. In a lawsuit filed this month, they claim that Cheng is responsible for the water bills.
“My landlord is just really unbearable,” co-owner Christina Seid told The Post. “He is doing anything he can to get us out to get a higher rent.”
There is a history of wrangling over the water, though, with court cases dating back to 2011 regarding the alleged over-usage of water.
In an interesting twist, the current landlord had actually purchased the property from the Seid family back in 2005 for $3.8 million, and negotiated this favorable retail rent of $1,000 per month. The Seids argue this is the real reason behind the legal fighting.