85 Bowery

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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Hunger Strike Set, Displaced 85 Bowery Tenants Likely Face Another 6 Weeks in Exile

Posted February 8, 2018 at 5:00 am

Despite public outcry, a potential hunger strike, and plenty of media coverage, the evicted residents of 85 Bowery won’t be returning home for at least another six weeks. That’s the timeline circulating from landlord Joseph Betesh’s camp for “emergency repairs” to conclude. Progress is at a trickle. According to The Village Voice, the replacement stairs […]

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85 Bowery Tenants Threaten Hunger Strike if Emergency Repairs Not Complete by Feb. 7

Posted February 5, 2018 at 5:00 am

The 75 displaced tenants of 85 Bowery, some of whom are now lodged at the Wyndham Garden Hotel next door during emergency repairs, are willing to forego food for the cause. During the rally action last Friday, the tenants association promised to launch a hunger strike in front of the office of Housing Preservation & […]

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From the Displaced Tenants of 85 Bowery

Posted February 2, 2018 at 5:04 am

The displaced tenants of 85 Bowery, homeless for the duration of “emergency” repairs on a destabilized staircase, have this to say about the situation. We are the tenants of 85 Bowery who were kicked out of our apartments on January 25. Our lives were upturned and we have been living through a nightmare since, not […]

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85 Bowery Landlord Puts up Displaced Tenants in Nearby Wyndham Garden Hotel

Posted February 2, 2018 at 5:00 am

With the deadline to complete emergency repairs elapsed (February 1), it would appear that the controversial landlord of 85 Bowery has caved to pressure to house his displaced tenants until the job is done. You’ll recall that 75 residents of 85 Bowery were evacuated from the Chinatown tenement two weeks ago after a court-ordered inspection […]

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85 Bowery Landlord Under Fire for Being Late in Emergency Repairs, Chin Demands Relief

Posted February 1, 2018 at 5:09 am

Two weeks ago today, seventy-five people (i.e. 29 families) were evacuated from 85 Bowery, in what is the latest chapter of a nasty dispute between tenants and landlord Joseph Betesh. The court-ordered inspection on January 18 resulted in a Department of Buildings determination that the main stairwell was not structurally sound, and required an immediate […]

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Exiled Tenants of 85 Bowery Can Stay an Extra Week in Brooklyn Hotel, Plan Opposition Rally

Posted January 24, 2018 at 5:00 am

Seventy-five people lost their homes last Thursday in the latest chapter of a nasty dispute between tenants of 85 Bowery and their landlord Joseph Betesh. The court-ordered inspection resulted in a Department of Buildings determination that the main stairwell was not structurally sound, and required an immediate vacate order. The city also ordered Joseph Betesh […]

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85 Bowery Landlord Responds to Vacate Order, Alleges Illegal Conversion of Apartments to SRO

Posted January 23, 2018 at 5:07 am

The controversial landlord of two Chinatown tenements is now responding to the ongoing drama with the embattled tenants of 83-85 Bowery. You’ll recall that last Thursday evening, as part of the ongoing legal case between the two parties, the State Supreme Court ordered an inspection of 85 Bowery. An alphabet soup of city agencies and […]

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