Tenant Harassment

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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Displaced Tenants of 85 Bowery Rally Against Landlord and DOB

Posted March 29, 2018 at 5:06 am

Displaced tenants of 85 Bowery and advocates rallied yesterday to call attention to their plight. A crowd of about eighty marched on the downtown headquarters of Department of Buildings with a message of protest against the agency’s “inability to prioritize the safety of the tenants over the greed of the landlord [Joseph Betesh].” Representatives from […]

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Displaced Tenants of 85 Bowery Call BS on Timing of Asbestos Discovery

Posted March 28, 2018 at 5:15 am

The struggle between landlord and displaced tenants of 85 Bowery continues to intensify. Still homeless over two months after the city-mandated eviction, affected families are calling bullshit on the discovery of asbestos while replacing the unstable staircase. “This discovery, coming just days before the tenants were supposed to be allowed home, is suspiciously timed,” says […]

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The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory Battling Eviction Over its Water Usage

Posted February 13, 2018 at 5:02 am

The Original Chinatown Ice Cream Factory, one of the longest running ice cream shops in the city, is battling an eviction from its landlord. The New York Post reported yesterday that the owner of 65 Bayard Street has been trying to muscle out the family-owned dessert shop for allegedly using too much water. The tiff […]

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Tenants from 85 Bowery Go on Hunger Strike to Protest Delay in Repairs

Posted February 9, 2018 at 5:11 am

Displaced tenants from 85 Bowery are on hunger strike, foregoing food until the city forces the emergency replacement of the crumbling staircase. Landlord Joseph Betesh had been forced, via court order, to remedy the problem within two weeks of the eviction on January 19. That deadline passed last Thursday. Yesterday, eight strong gathered on the […]

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Hunger Strike Set, Displaced 85 Bowery Tenants Likely Face Another 6 Weeks in Exile

Posted February 8, 2018 at 5:00 am

Despite public outcry, a potential hunger strike, and plenty of media coverage, the evicted residents of 85 Bowery won’t be returning home for at least another six weeks. That’s the timeline circulating from landlord Joseph Betesh’s camp for “emergency repairs” to conclude. Progress is at a trickle. According to The Village Voice, the replacement stairs […]

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85 Bowery Tenants Threaten Hunger Strike if Emergency Repairs Not Complete by Feb. 7

Posted February 5, 2018 at 5:00 am

The 75 displaced tenants of 85 Bowery, some of whom are now lodged at the Wyndham Garden Hotel next door during emergency repairs, are willing to forego food for the cause. During the rally action last Friday, the tenants association promised to launch a hunger strike in front of the office of Housing Preservation & […]

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From the Displaced Tenants of 85 Bowery

Posted February 2, 2018 at 5:04 am

The displaced tenants of 85 Bowery, homeless for the duration of “emergency” repairs on a destabilized staircase, have this to say about the situation. We are the tenants of 85 Bowery who were kicked out of our apartments on January 25. Our lives were upturned and we have been living through a nightmare since, not […]

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