Michel Pimienta

Tenants of 43 Essex Street Harassment Reach Settlement in Lawsuit with Galasso Brothers

Posted December 16, 2016 at 5:00 am

Here’s a win worth celebrating, in the never-ending battle of tenants v. slumlords. This week, a group of tenants from 43 Essex Street announced that they’ve reached a settlement in their hazardous conditions and harassment lawsuit, filed more than a year and a half ago. This resolution comes just two months after the building’s cooking gas […]

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Landlord Still Making Life Hell for Residents of 43 Essex Street

Last modified August 29, 2017 at 11:33 pm

Paul Galasso is a relative welterweight in the league of ego-driven landlords. From nowhere, he’s quickly rising to the top of the charts with alleged tenant harassment tactics that rival the likes of Steve Croman. 43 Essex Street is case-in-point, a flashpoint pre-war property acquired by Galasso in the fall of 2014. The owner purchased […]

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City Passes Bills Targeting Landlords Who Harass Rent-Regulated Tenants

Last modified September 4, 2017 at 9:56 pm

Here on the Lower East Side, tenant harassment is rampant. In gold-rush neighborhoods like ours, speculators try their hardest to squeeze every penny out of rent-stabilized buildings by offering buyouts and illegally jacking the rent. The city is finally taking notice, and now, action. As of last week, the playbook of tenant harassment tactics is […]

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Tenants of 43 Essex Street File Lawsuit Against Landlord for Harassment and Hazardous Conditions

Last modified April 29, 2015 at 7:33 am

The only pugilists representing 43 Essex Street now are the new building owner and his alleged henchman Michel Pimienta. G&S Sporting Goods completely divested from the Lower East Side last December after decades on the block. It’s amazing (and quite sad, frankly) how quickly the quality of life deteriorated since the sale. Just a few […]

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Relocator Michel Pimienta Allegedly Harassing Tenants at 43 Essex Street; Stop-Work Order Issued for Illegal Gas Hookup

Posted April 21, 2015 at 10:01 am

After a generation of Zerling family ownership, it would appear 43 Essex Street is now in the wrong hands. The building that previously housed G&S Sporting Goods sold at the end of December for $6.9 million, and the new landlord is already in trouble with the Department of Buildings. Tenants are also allegedly being harassed. Story […]

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Samy Mahfar Stooge Michel Pimienta is Harassing 22 Spring Street, Tenants Allege

Last modified March 16, 2018 at 11:29 pm

It’s not just the purported gas tampering that worries residents of 22 Spring Street, but also a familiar threat. That bully Michel Pimienta is reportedly back at it… Michel Pimienta is a hired hand on the front lines of gentrification – first on the scene to horribly harass rent-regulated tenants to the point of moving […]

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