Landlord

Councilwoman Chin Pushes Legislation Forcing Landlords to Pay Temporary Housing for Displaced Tenants

Posted February 3, 2015 at 10:15 am

Last September, City Council passed a bill that not only doubles fines for landlords found guilty of harassment, but also publicly shames them online. Henceforth, the worst offenders are listed as such on the HPD website. Its passage was seen as a win for tenants even though it’s unlikely to have an effect. Now Margaret […]

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New Landlord of 135-137 Eldridge Street Reportedly Harassing Longtime Chinese Tenants

Posted October 29, 2014 at 5:28 am

It’s open season on the Lower East Side for corruption. Another day, another rent regulated building targeted, purchased, and (allegedly) harassed into submission. The newest instance is near the southwest corner of Eldridge and Delancey, a block that continues on its trajectory of gentrification. What’s happening at 135-137 Eldridge is a textbook case of landlord […]

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Mayor de Blasio Signing Landlord Harassment Bill Into Law Today

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 6:49 pm

City Council unanimously approved a bill last week that strengthens penalties for landlords guilty of harassing tenants. Momentum is with the little guy, it seems, as Mayor de Blasio will sign the bill into law later this afternoon with a public ceremony. As previously reported, maximum penalty for offenders is increased from $5,000 per residential […]

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Local Pols Respond to Steve Croman’s Deplorable Tenant Harassment Tactics

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 7:03 pm

Last week, State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman launched a probe into the “potentially illegal tactics used by landlord Steven Croman, 47, to force rent-stabilized tenants out of their valuable apartments.” They’re looking into possible violations of both city and state statutes. In response to the far-reaching tenant harassment, local politicians naturally added their two cents to […]

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Samy Mahfar’s Luxury Conversion Creates ‘War Zone’ for Tenants of 102 Norfolk Street [PHOTOS]

Last modified March 16, 2018 at 8:33 am

Controversial real estate mogul Samy Mahfar (pka SMA Equities) purchased 102 Norfolk Street back in April of this year. It was around this time that we first started hearing chatter about the luxury conversion, and tenants caught in the crossfire. Last week, however, we learned via the New York Times that “some tenants had accepted” […]

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The Witch’s Broome: How I Battled My Broome Street Landlord and Won [OP-ED]

Posted February 5, 2014 at 11:46 am

The following Op-ed was written by local comedian Jeff Lawrence, a native New Yorker, and the founder of Laughing Buddha Comedy. He has appeared on NBC, MTV Europe, The Grammy Awards, and in the New York Times, the Daily News, as well as the front pages of the the Wall Street Journal and the Tampa Bay […]

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Caffe Vivaldi Rent Plight Reaches MoveOn.org

Posted November 17, 2011 at 6:18 am

The thirty-year-old Greenwich Village institution on Jones Street is being forced out thanks to an exorbitant rent hike by greedy slumlord Steve Croman

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New Toy Dispenser for 95 Delancey

Posted June 11, 2010 at 6:36 am

Controversial landlord Baruch Singer just added a bit more flare to his drab offices at 95 Delancey.  Chained to the frontage is this colorful toy-dispensing machine.

Giuseppe Uomo Calling it Quits

Posted August 19, 2009 at 6:06 am

More sad news to report.  Another Orchard Street haberdasher is calling it quits – Giuseppe Uomo at #130, mere steps away from the recently shuttered Bonnie’s. Draped insultingly across its maroon awning is the tell-tale evidence.  The 1,600-square-foot store, which specializes in “high fashion for men,” is currently having a fire sale on all its […]