Paul Galasso

AG Introduces Bill that Would Hold Landlords Criminally Accountable for Tenant Harassment

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 7:05 pm

There is finally a bit of momentum in combating landlords who have made an apparent cottage industry out of tenant harassment. Local offenders are finally being held accountable, even if the punishments don’t necessarily fit the bill. Yesterday, state attorney general Eric Schneiderman introduced a new bill that would hold these controversial building owners criminally accountable for […]

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‘Protocinema’ Installation Takes Over Embattled G&S Sporting Goods Space on Essex Street

Posted March 30, 2017 at 5:04 am

For the first time since G&S Sporting Goods departed the Lower East Side three years ago, 43 Essex Street boasts a new retail occupant, albeit temporary. It’s a pop-up gallery, naturally. Protocinema is not as it sounds, rather a roving arts program with dual headquarters in New York City and Istanbul. It now occupies a space […]

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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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More than a Year Later, Cooking Gas Finally Restored to 43 Essex Street as Retail Hits the Market

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 7:11 pm

Things are finally looking up for 43 Essex Street, a Lower East Side tenement whose tenants are struggling with the nascent landlord. Cooking gas was restored last week after more than year without hookup, making life livable again. The former G&S Sporting Goods, meanwhile, is officially down for the count. Even though the local boxing […]

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Residents of 43 Essex Street Still Without Cooking Gas; DOB Issues Separate Stop-work Orders

Last modified May 26, 2016 at 1:14 pm

More drama over at 43 Essex Street, where the stripped store remains barren. Activity revived last week with more shuffling about the premises; it appeared that build-out was back on track. Not so fast, though. The city quickly stepped in and shut it all down. The Department of Buildings sent an inspector last week, which […]

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Snowstorm Approaching, 43 Essex Reportedly without Heat and Hot Water

Last modified September 1, 2017 at 7:13 pm

This is not really the week to be without heat or hot water. Not with a huge snowstorm barreling up the coast. Yet, if your landlord is Paul and Dean Galasso at 43 Essex Street, that’s the situation. Despite the mobile boiler system deployed curbside since Christmas. One reader, a resident of the tenement, got in […]

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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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Landlord of 43 Essex Street Notches Stop-work and Partial Vacate Orders

Last modified August 29, 2017 at 11:36 pm

Earlier this month – about a week after tenants filed a harassment lawsuit against Paul Galasso – the controversial new landlord of 43 Essex was slapped with a full stop-work order. According to department of Buildings records, the compulsory halt in activity is due to illegal construction, namely un-permitted plumbing and electrical work. And on […]

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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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