Tenant Harassment

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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85 Bowery Landlord Puts up Displaced Tenants in Nearby Wyndham Garden Hotel

Posted February 2, 2018 at 5:00 am

With the deadline to complete emergency repairs elapsed (February 1), it would appear that the controversial landlord of 85 Bowery has caved to pressure to house his displaced tenants until the job is done. You’ll recall that 75 residents of 85 Bowery were evacuated from the Chinatown tenement two weeks ago after a court-ordered inspection […]

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85 Bowery Landlord Responds to Vacate Order, Alleges Illegal Conversion of Apartments to SRO

Posted January 23, 2018 at 5:07 am

The controversial landlord of two Chinatown tenements is now responding to the ongoing drama with the embattled tenants of 83-85 Bowery. You’ll recall that last Thursday evening, as part of the ongoing legal case between the two parties, the State Supreme Court ordered an inspection of 85 Bowery. An alphabet soup of city agencies and […]

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Hell Square Hell: Inside 151-153 Ludlow Street During Slate’s Luxury Conversion [Updated]

Last modified January 19, 2018 at 7:33 am

[Updated below] It’s construction hell for these Hell Square tenements. The side-by-side properties comprising 151-153 Ludlow Street are together amidst an upgrade, with tenants apparently in the crossfire. Another play on the same old song and dance. Rivington House co-owner Slate Property Group purchased the two buildings for $12.5 million over the summer and plotted […]

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Bowery Residents Stave off Eviction as State Deems Apartments Rent Stabilized

Last modified December 30, 2017 at 12:25 am

Chinatown tenants embroiled in a legal struggle against eviction for more than two years have reason to rejoice. The state sided with the 27 low-income families living here in a ruling that confirms the apartments in question at 83-85 Bowery as rent stabilized buildings. Residents alleged that landlord Joseph Betesh, of Milestone Equities and Dr. […]

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City Council Passes Bills Aimed at Preventing Tenant Harassment

Posted December 21, 2017 at 5:12 am

As you try to clean out your desk for year-end, so too is City Council. At its final meeting of the year this past Tuesday, the governing body passed a flurry of bills aimed at creating more affordable housing, preventing tenant harassment, and collecting landlord data. The latter legislation is certainly one of the more […]

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