Tenant Harassment

CNBC’s ‘American Greed’ Focuses on Ex-Con Landlord Steve Croman

Posted September 17, 2018 at 5:03 am

Ex-con Steve Croman is now the subject of a television hit piece by CNBC as part of its American Greed series. The second half of the program is dedicated to the notorious landlord in a segment appropriately called “Lousy Landlord.” You’ll recall that Croman completed his “white collar” sentence on June 1, having served eight months […]

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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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Tenants Harassed by Croman Can Now Receive a Piece of $8M Settlement Fund

Posted August 10, 2018 at 5:06 am

It’s time for “Crow man” to pay the piper. For those who endured harassment from ex-con Steve Croman, who just got out of the clinker after an eight-month stint, restitution is on the way. Tenants who lived, or currently live, in one of the buildings owned by the controversial landlord (aka 9300 Realty) can now […]

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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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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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