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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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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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City Council Passes Bills Aimed at Preventing Tenant Harassment

Posted December 21, 2017 at 5:12 am

As you try to clean out your desk for year-end, so too is City Council. At its final meeting of the year this past Tuesday, the governing body passed a flurry of bills aimed at creating more affordable housing, preventing tenant harassment, and collecting landlord data. The latter legislation is certainly one of the more […]

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Elected Officials Come out Against Redevelopment of Elizabeth Street Garden as Senior Housing

Posted December 11, 2017 at 5:06 am

The Department of Housing Preservation and Development awarded the contract last Friday for an affordable housing project atop the Elizabeth Street Garden. All but a death sentence for the open space. The proposed building – developed by Penrose Development – will rise seven stories and carry 121 permanently affordable apartments for seniors. And as if […]

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Sunshine Hotel Conversion Plans Revived as Ownership Again Seeks ‘Certificate of No Harassment’

Posted July 10, 2017 at 5:00 am

The Sunshine Hotel, one of the last operational flophouses on the Bowery, is again under the microscope regarding proposed conversion work that is years in the making. Further alluded to by that months-old banner draped from the facade advertising an “entire floor” for rent. Property owner Roseann Carone last month reapplied for a “Certificate of No […]

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Siempre Verde Garden Saved as City Transfers Ownership to Parks Department Under GreenThumb

Posted January 4, 2016 at 5:15 am

​Catching up on some news that transpired during the holiday week … Siempre Verde Garden on Stanton Street is finally under the protective care of the Parks Department. The city officially transferred ownership from from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, which heretofore oversaw the parcel. The garden activists at 596 Acres listed the […]

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City Looking to Sell Essex Crossing Site 6 to Taconic Investments for $1

Posted September 16, 2015 at 5:10 am

Yet more controversy rolling out of Essex Crossing Site 6 this week. Not only did NYU Langone jump the gun on its new facility without a lease in hand, and the Educational Alliance reverse its obligation to create a “dual-generation” school, but the city is intent on selling the land to the developer. Not a […]

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Henry Street Settlement Inches Closer to Opening Community Facility at the Historic Engine 15 Firehouse

Posted May 1, 2015 at 9:19 am

The four-story firehouse at 269 Henry Street has been sitting vacant since shortly after 9/11. The iconic structure – built in 1884 and owned by the city – previously housed Engine Company 15 which subsequently folded into Ladder 18 a few blocks north on Pitt Street. Henry Street Settlement, however, is inching closer to opening […]

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Siempre Verde Garden on Stanton Street to Celebrate Its First ‘Growing Season’

Posted May 2, 2014 at 6:00 am

137-139 Attorney and its immediate neighbor at 181 Stanton Street were altogether dormant rat dens for more than three decades. But in a twist of old-school neighborhood activisim, community members transformed the pair of city-owned lots into a pocket garden last year. The Siempre Verde Garden was thus born, and awarded GreenThumb status from the […]

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Children’s Magical Garden Sues Developers to Seize Remaining Parcel at 157 Norfolk Street

Posted March 11, 2014 at 6:11 am

Nearly a year after the HPD delivered its parcels to the beleaguered Children’s Magical Garden, the green-thumbed members collectively filed a lawsuit in New York Supreme Court asking to be declared owners of the one non-city-owned parcel – 157 Norfolk Street. The paperwork was submitted to the city yesterday, and also seeks an unspecified amount in […]

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