85 Bowery

85 Bowery Tenants and Landlord Officially Reach Agreement on Renovations and Return Date

Posted July 9, 2018 at 5:02 am

Six months after the well-publicized eviction, the saga of 85 Bowery is slowly drawing to a close. Both sides last week announced the settlement of litigation and agreement on a return date for displaced tenants. Timetable is sometime “by August 31,” when renovation work is anticipated to conclude. “This agreement represents a positive outcome for […]

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CM Chin Urges ‘Firm Deadline’ for 85 Bowery Tenants to Return Home

Posted June 19, 2018 at 9:39 am

Tenants are again pushing for direct city intervention in the ongoing saga of 85 Bowery. It’s been five months without a clear-cut timeframe as to when residents can return home; ambiguity is running rampant. Yesterday, resident leaders held a press conference on the steps of 85 Bowery to draw attention to allegations that landlord Joseph […]

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85 Bowery Tenants Allege Landlord Reneged on Deal for Return Home

Last modified June 18, 2018 at 10:37 am

The saga of 85 Bowery continues today with tenants alleging that landlord Joseph Betesh reneged on a negotiated deal for families to return home. Hunger striking tenants a couple weeks ago had called off the protest after an alleged accord was in the offing. Resident leaders are holding a press conference on the steps of […]

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Hunger Strike Ends as 85 Bowery Nears Deal with Landlord to Return Home

Last modified June 4, 2018 at 7:08 am

Things might be looking up for the displaced residents of 85 Bowery, who are claiming victory after another brief hunger strike against landlord Joseph Betesh. At ground zero of the rally Friday (City Hall) and in front of roughly one hundred supporters, advocates announced that 85 Bowery tenants ended the hunger strike as a deal […]

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At City Hall with the 85 Bowery Hunger Strike [PHOTOS]

Last modified May 31, 2018 at 9:14 am

Displaced tenants of 85 Bowery gathered yesterday on the steps of City Hall to protest their plight. The rally was a resumption of the media-friendly hunger strike meant to humanize the frustration due to the ongoing displacement and delays in building repairs. And to put an end to Mayor de Blasio’s so-called “displacement agenda.” Seven […]

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Exiled Tenants of 85 Bowery Resume Hunger Strike Tomorrow

Posted May 29, 2018 at 5:07 am

No housing, no food. Displaced tenants of 85 Bowery will resume the hunger strike this week in an effort to spread awareness of their collective plight. The protest action against controversial landlord Joseph Betesh, the second in the last few months, begins anew tomorrow morning (11am) on the steps of City Hall. We are told […]

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Displaced Tenants of 85 Bowery to Resume Hunger Strike

Posted May 22, 2018 at 5:00 am

Displaced tenants of 85 Bowery – whose personal belongings were publicly trashed curbside several weeks ago – remain in exile exactly four months after the city issued a full vacate order on the destabilized tenement. With homecoming delayed indefinitely as landlord Joseph Betesh completes renovations, a resumption of the prior hunger strike is now planned for […]

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In Twitter Spat, Assemblywoman Niou Tells off Airbnb Over Rising Rents and Displacement

Posted May 8, 2018 at 5:00 am

It was a moment to sit back and grab popcorn. Savage. Watching in real time as New York Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou (65th District) took Airbnb to task. Openly on Twitter. Media reports over the last week have publicized City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s controversial study showing a direct relationship between Airbnb influx and rising rents around […]

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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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