A 45-second video recorded last night at the corner of E.10th Street and Avenue D captured what some claim is another act of police brutality: a cop pinning down a man protesting in solidarity with Michael Brown. [NY Daily News]
Police are looking for 31-year-old Alphabet City woman Melissa Morales, who has been missing since July 7. Morales is five-foot-seven and 200 pounds, and was last seen wearing multi-colored pants near her apartment at 99 Avenue C, near 7th Street. [Town & Village Blog]
According to the attorney of Louis Segna—the 53-year-old Williamsburg man found guilty yesterday of placing more than 400 911 calls to report fake crimes such as a subway explosion—the impetus for his client’s calls was the “influx of hipsters in the area.” [NY Daily News]
Lower East Side landlord Samy Mahfar, who this spring paid $11 million to acquire 102 Norfolk Street, is allegedly trying to rid the building of its rent-stabilized tenants. [Bowery Boogie]
And Jared Kushner’s tenants say they’re also being driven out of the building at 170-174 E. 2nd Street, which Kusher and his partners purchased last year for $17 million. [DNA Info]
Renderings have been released of the improved Kosciuszko Bridge, a $770 million undertaking that will stretch across Newtown Creek from Brooklyn to Queens. The Department of Tranportation has called the current bridge structurally unsound, and it is slated for demolition in 2017. [DNA Info]
Stabilizing NYC, a citywide coalition aimed at combatting tenant harassment and preserving affordable housing, met earlier today on the steps of City Hall to announce the list of landlords they will be targeting in an upcoming legal battle against “predatory equity.”
“We’re strategically hitting landlords who’ve been displacing thousands of tenants every year,” said Brandon Kielbasa, lead organizer at Cooper Square Committee, a tenant rights organization running since 1959. More →
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez speaking (Photo by Kavitha Surana)
Landlords are on notice–yesterday Steve Croman was charged with 20 felony counts and using illegal tactics to push tenants out of his buildings. Today Public Advocate Letitia James and Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez kept up the heat, using their clout to influence the outcome of a prominent tenant-landlord dispute in Chinatown. Standing outside the state supreme courthouse, the two railed against landlord Joseph Betesh (also owner of the Dr. Jays streetwear brand), accusing him of using “illegal practices” to evict 27 families at 83 and 85 Bowery.
The Amato Opera in Sept. of 2014, before construction.
All week, we’re bringing you a series of deep dives into the surprising histories of storied addresses. Back to our usual after the New Year.
It’s been five years since the Smallest Grand Opera in the World performed on top of a 20-foot-wide stage in downtown Manhattan. The tiny theater seated 107 people in total. But it had everything an opera house ought to have – a balcony, a trap door, and two beautiful chandeliers. More →
East Village landlord Steve Croman‘s treatment of rent-stabalized tenants is under investigation by state attorney general Eric Schneiderman. [NY Daily News]
To coincide with the 25-year anniversary of the album Paul’s Boutique, artist Danielle Mastrionpainted this Beastie Boys tribute mural at Ludlow and Rivington Streets, the same Lower East Side corner photographed for the album’s cover. [The Lo-Down]
Community Board 1 will decide next month whether Williamsburg’s next Starbucks, slated for 154 N. 7th Street, may serve beer and wine. [DNA Info]