Displaced Tenants of 85 Bowery Rally Against Landlord and DOB
Displaced tenants of 85 Bowery and advocates rallied yesterday to call attention to their plight.
A crowd of about eighty marched on the downtown headquarters of Department of Buildings with a message of protest against the agency’s “inability to prioritize the safety of the tenants over the greed of the landlord [Joseph Betesh].”
Representatives from Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Nou, Councilwoman Margaret Chin, and Assemblyman Brian Cavanagh were also standing in solidarity.
A Boogie reader in the crowd sent along the following images from the late-afternoon demonstration.
Roughly one hundred tenants (mostly low-income) remain in exile two months after the city ordered their eviction on January 18. The heart of the vacate order had been the destabilized staircase inside 85 Bowery, which was replaced earlier this month.