Tenants Fearful of Uptick in Crime at Extell’s Affordable Building on Cherry Street

Posted on: October 6th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

[Updated below] While real estate speculation along the Lower East Side waterfront continues, albeit gradually due to ongoing lawsuits, one skyline newcomer is reportedly plagued with crime.

For Extell Development Corp. the plan from the get-go was two as-of-right towers at Cherry Street and Pike Slip. One Manhattan Square being the crown jewel with million-dollar condos and bonkers amenities; and the “affordable housing” adjacent which many in the community deemed an elaborate “poor door.”

It is the latter building that has been struggling with dangerous conditions for over a year. We first reported the issue back in January, when residents complained of shoddy security, alleged assaults, stolen packages, and homeless roaming the halls and sleeping in the lobby.

In fact, just last week, another assault was reported. A woman was violently mugged outside 227 Cherry Street – shoved multiple times and robbed of $20, according to the police report.

“People are afraid to even live there,” one tipster tells us. “One of the main problems is the lack of security which allows anyone to go in the building.”

Meanwhile, condos next door at One Manhattan Square are still listing north of $2 million.

A previous version of the story included a link to an Airbnb listing which may have been a false ad “catfishing” an unsuspecting neighbor. Airbnb removed the listing from its service.

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