Joseph Betesh

For 85 Bowery Residents, a Lion’s Welcome Home

Posted September 4, 2018 at 5:02 am

It was a holiday Friday, but that didn’t prevent the buildup of a media circus outside 85 Bowery in Chinatown. This was the official homecoming, and final chapter in the 85 Bowery saga, for dozens of tenants who were displaced eight months ago when their tenement home was deemed unsafe by the city. The nighttime […]

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Vacate Order Lifted, 85 Bowery Residents Finally Return Home Today

Posted August 31, 2018 at 5:00 am

Well that timetable ran right down to the wire. After being displaced for nearly eight months, the tenants of 85 Bowery are returning home today. Department of Buildings lifted the longstanding vacate order on Wednesday, permitting this late-summer homecoming. Early last month, litigation was settled between landlord Joseph Betesh and displaced residents, with an agreement […]

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‘FitHouse’ Folds Bowery Location, Decamps to NoHo

Posted July 18, 2018 at 5:08 am

Four months later, that new workout studio, FitHouse, just left the Bowery for good. Unfit for the location, the gates are now drawn and space completely cleared out. Customers are instead directed via storefront signage to the new 5,500 square-foot NoHo location at 712 Broadway (“five blocks away”). This departure is somewhat sudden. The location at […]

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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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‘Cherche Midi’ on the Bowery Sets Closing Date for June 10

Posted May 24, 2018 at 5:09 am

For Cherche Midi, the end of the line is nigh. Final date is set. We are told by workers that business at Keith McNally’s four-year-old successor to Pulino’s will reportedly conclude on June 10. The cause for closure is apparently the expiration of the restaurant’s lease. However, the state filing noted the reason as “economic,” […]

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