Tenant Harassment

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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Released from Prison, Croman Now Faces Contempt of Court Charge

Posted June 4, 2018 at 5:00 am

Controversial landlord and convicted felon Steve Croman completed his “white collar” sentence on Friday, two days early, having served eight months of his one-year jail sentence. He pleaded guilty in 2017 to three felonies related to tax- and mortgage-fraud, and spent that time in the Manhattan Detention Center Complex (instead of maximum-security Rikers Island as […]

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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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Croman Tenants on Ridge Street Still Without Cooking Gas After 9 Months

Posted May 25, 2018 at 5:06 am

The tenement at 141 Ridge Street (at Stanton) is the latest battleground pitting embittered tenants against incarcerated landlord Steve Croman (aka 9300 Realty). Cooking gas was reportedly shut off last September due to purported unauthorized work on the gas lines. Nine months later, no relief. As a result, tenants began withholding rent payments, so team […]

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Report: Steve Croman will be Released from Prison Next Month

Posted May 22, 2018 at 5:03 am

Controversial landlord Steve Croman pleaded guilty in June 2017 to three felonies and settled a civil case with embattled tenants. He was sentenced to one year in jail on Riker’s Island for the criminal charges, and forced to pay a $5 million tax settlement, plus an $8 million restitution fund. In reality, though, Croman didn’t […]

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Congresswoman Velázquez Calls on DA to Investigate 85 Bowery

Posted April 16, 2018 at 5:00 am

When workers hired by landlord Joseph Betesh (aka 8385 Bowery, LLC) last Wednesday cleared out 85 Bowery, and discarded personal items belonging to its displaced tenants, the disposal immediately touched off a firestorm of animosity on both sides. Outcry continues apace, snowballing into a larger story, with politicians now swarming the scene. To recap: Betesh, […]

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85 Bowery Landlord Admits ‘Mistakes Were Made’ in Trashing Tenants’ Belongings

Posted April 13, 2018 at 5:00 am

Following the mass purge of tenants’ belongings at 85 Bowery Wednesday afternoon, landlord Joseph Betesh reportedly conducted a “review of the situation.” Verdict – the classic “mistakes were made” half-admission. To recap: Betesh, under recent court order and ahead of asbestos abatement activity, had granted access for tenants to retrieve possessions. Any remainders would then […]

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Disposal of Tenants’ Belongings at 85 Bowery Draws Community Ire

Posted April 12, 2018 at 5:00 am

Roughly seventy-five tenants (mostly low-income) of 85 Bowery remain in exile three months after the city ordered their eviction. Adding insult to injury was the disposal of their personal belongings in a dumpster yesterday. But it was purportedly just a misunderstanding. A dumpster was deposited curbside yesterday, and by afternoon, workers began tossing tenants’ possessions. It […]

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