85 Bowery

Congresswoman Velázquez Calls on DA to Investigate 85 Bowery

Posted April 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

When workers hired by landlord Joseph Betesh (aka 8385 Bowery, LLC) last Wednesday cleared out 85 Bowery, and discarded personal items belonging to its displaced tenants, the disposal immediately touched off a firestorm of animosity on both sides. Outcry continues apace, snowballing into a larger story, with politicians now swarming the scene. To recap: Betesh, […]

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85 Bowery Landlord Admits ‘Mistakes Were Made’ in Trashing Tenants’ Belongings

Posted April 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

Following the mass purge of tenants’ belongings at 85 Bowery Wednesday afternoon, landlord Joseph Betesh reportedly conducted a “review of the situation.” Verdict – the classic “mistakes were made” half-admission. To recap: Betesh, under recent court order and ahead of asbestos abatement activity, had granted access for tenants to retrieve possessions. Any remainders would then […]

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Disposal of Tenants’ Belongings at 85 Bowery Draws Community Ire

Posted April 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

Roughly seventy-five tenants (mostly low-income) of 85 Bowery remain in exile three months after the city ordered their eviction. Adding insult to injury was the disposal of their personal belongings in a dumpster yesterday. But it was purportedly just a misunderstanding. A dumpster was deposited curbside yesterday, and by afternoon, workers began tossing tenants’ possessions. It […]

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Displaced Tenants of 85 Bowery Rally Against Landlord and DOB

Posted March 29, 2018 at 5:06 am

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 […]

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Displaced Tenants of 85 Bowery Call BS on Timing of Asbestos Discovery

Posted March 28, 2018 at 5:15 am

The struggle between landlord and displaced tenants of 85 Bowery continues to intensify. Still homeless over two months after the city-mandated eviction, affected families are calling bullshit on the discovery of asbestos while replacing the unstable staircase. “This discovery, coming just days before the tenants were supposed to be allowed home, is suspiciously timed,” says […]

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Vacate Order Partially Lifted After 85 Bowery Staircase Replaced

Posted March 22, 2018 at 5:03 am

Rehabilitation of 85 Bowery hit a snag this week after workers discovered asbestos while replacing the unstable staircase. Presence of the carcinogen on the third and fourth floors means that the timetable to completion is now delayed. But the staircase is now complete, and the Department of Buildings acted in kind. The full vacate order […]

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Discovery of Asbestos at 85 Bowery Delays Return of Displaced Tenants

Last modified March 21, 2018 at 8:03 am

The discovery of asbestos during rehabilitation efforts at 85 Bowery has thrown a wrench in the timeline of return for exiled tenants. Roughly one hundred tenants (mostly low-income) remain homeless, now two months after the city ordered their eviction. This is all part of the latest chapter in a nasty dispute with controversial landlord Joseph […]

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The 85 Bowery Hunger Strike ‘Temporarily’ Ends to Celebrate Lunar New Year

Posted February 13, 2018 at 5:16 am

The hunger strike has concluded, but allegedly not due to city intervention in the ongoing battle over the hazardous living conditions at 85 Bowery. Rather, after four days of inclement weather and no food, exiled tenants are ending their strike (for now) in the name of the Chinese New Year (the year of the Dog). Following […]

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Amidst Tenant Hunger Strike, Electeds Call for Investigation of 85 Bowery Landlord

Posted February 12, 2018 at 5:06 am

Political pressure is mounting against landlord Joseph Betesh, whose tenants at 85 Bowery were evicted last month due to hazardous living conditions. After the city’s inspection, Betesh had been forced, via court order, to remedy the unstable staircase within two weeks of the January 19 vacate order. That deadline has since passed, and on February 8, […]

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Tenants from 85 Bowery Go on Hunger Strike to Protest Delay in Repairs

Posted February 9, 2018 at 5:11 am

Displaced tenants from 85 Bowery are on hunger strike, foregoing food until the city forces the emergency replacement of the crumbling staircase. Landlord Joseph Betesh had been forced, via court order, to remedy the problem within two weeks of the eviction on January 19. That deadline passed last Thursday. Yesterday, eight strong gathered on the […]

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