Between those three processions through the neighborhood’s community gardens and this, there’ll be a lot of parades in the East Village this Saturday. This one starts at Tompkins Square Park and will pass by Paradise Alley, the Beat generation hangout that David Amram and others eulogized for us last year. Here’s the call to arms, sent to us by a reader. More →
A woman received a cut on her neck while another was pushed to the ground in a pair of Grenpoint attacks last week. [DNA Info]
While his tenants rally outside Manhattan Criminal Court, notorious East Village landlord Steve Croman will go before a judge once again today as he faces a criminal indictment for mortgage fraud. [EV Grieve]
The latest edition of the Lowline proposal—now with an estimated price tag of $83 million—has been revealed. [Curbed NY]
In Williamsburg, Harry Van Arsdale High School was put on lockdown yesterday afternoon after a 17-year-old student showed a 15-year-old his gun, then stole the younger man’s cellphone. [Pix 11]
Meanwhile, students at another neighborhood high school filled the window of a local storefront with pro-immigrant and LGBTQ-friendly holiday decorations. [DNA Info]
Nine rent-stabilized tenants of 159 Stanton Street filed a lawsuit this week against their landlord, Steve Croman, for harassment and providing dangerous living conditions in the midst of ongoing construction. [DNA Info]
A protestor outside of the Joneses’ East Third Street building in 2012. (Photo: Laura Edwins for The Local East Village)
Two controversial landlords who paid tenants to leave their rent-regulated apartments in Bushwick have reached a $132,000 settlement, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced today.
Between June 2016 and July of this year, Graham Jones and his brother Greg Jones gave buyouts to 33 residents– more than a third of the tenants– of three Bushwick buildings they had recently purchased, at 946 Bushwick Avenue, 920 Bushwick Avenue, and 1075 Greene Avenue. While the buyouts themselves were not illegal, the Joneses failed to provide written notices to the tenants informing them of their rights, including their right to refuse the offer and/or consult a lawyer. The landlords said they were unaware of the law, passed in 2015, that prohibits building owners from offering buyouts without giving tenants written notice– an act that falls under the legal definition of harassment. Among other things, the notice informs tenants that landlords are prohibited from contacting them for 180 days, should the tenant refuse a buyout.
Just before 7 a.m. yesterday, a Volvo driver struck three female pedestrians on the Lower East Side‘s South Street. According to the NYPD, one woman suffered life-threatening injuries while the other two (ages 60 and 67) suffered serious injuries. All three were taken to Bellevue Hospital. [Gothamist]
Developers of the 28-story Public Hotel at 215 Chrystie Street were served a stop-work order from the city Tuesday. [Bowery Boogie]
A show scheduled for Sunday at Greenpoint bar Coco66 is causing controversy because the front man for one of the bands booked, Tears of Frustration, has allegedly endorsed neo-Nazi groups. [One People’s Project]
RGB public hearing attendees protest embattled landlord Steven Croman. (Photo: Karissa Gall)
How many landlords does it take to change a lightbulb? Metropolitan Council on Housing volunteer Mary Crosby posed the rhetorical question to members of the Rent Guidelines Board at last night’s public hearing at Cooper Union. “None, because everyone knows landlords don’t do repairs anymore,” she said. Here’s another one for you: how many owners does it take to change a lightbulb? You’ll never guess… it’s also “none,” she said, “because the owners have removed the light sockets during an eviction.”
Five tenants at 309 E.8th Street are suing their landlord, Steven Croman, hoping to halt construction-in-progress that they say is putting the rest of the building’s structural integrity at risk. [The Real Deal]