by Nathan Tempey in News on Mar 28, 2016 12:10 pm 385 Warwick Street in East New York gets a lot of people moving in, sometimes more than one family a month. (Nathan Tempey/Gothamist) When Sandra Borbon first met her prospective landlord, she was desperate. It was July of 2015 and she was being evicted from the East New York townhouse where she was living with her 75-year-old mother, her wife, and their four foster children, aged 9 months to four years old. For months she had been paying rent and fixing up the place as part of what she says was a rent-to-own arrangement, only it turned out she was paying someone who didn't actually own the building, and the legitimate owner sued to evict her. Borbon was broke and in credit card debt from pouring what she says was tens of thousands of dollars into the house on Essex Street. Her legal services lawyers helped her negotiate a few-month window to move out, and in that time, working selling hair and nail products and … [Read more...] about Why Isn’t This Cigar-Chomping “Serial Scam Artist” Landlord In Jail Yet?
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by Claire Lampen in News on Dec 12, 2018 9:52 am (Courtesy Patrick Ferguson) "I've had health concerns for a year," Alphabet City resident Penny Pennline said at a protest convened Tuesday outside the MTA headquarters in Downtown Manhattan. Pennline has lived in the same apartment on 14th Street and Avenue B for two decades, and is among the neighborhood residents who complain that 24/7 construction on the L train—slated to partially shut down for at least 15 months of repairs, beginning on April 27th, 2019—has already introduced ceaseless chaos into their lives. Pennline, whose apartment sits right over the work zone, says she hasn't opened her window in a year, but she and her daughter have still developed ailments that Pennline believes trace back to chemical dust and pollutants allegedly kicked up by the project. "We wake up with nose bleeds. We have constant respiratory issues. I've had a dry cough for a year," she said, adding that things became … [Read more...] about Say, What’s In This Dumpster Full Of Mysterious Green Stuff The MTA Dredged From The L Train Tunnel?
by Jake Offenhartz in News on Jul 26, 2018 1:20 pm Are YOU concerned about the fast-approaching L train shutdown, the overnight displacement of hundreds of thousands of daily commuters, the likelihood of system-wide spillover effects and the potential for paralytic, bus-stiflling congestion caused by the attendant rise in private vehicle use? Well, don't be. Because as of today, there is a new L in town—and unlike that dull and storm-ravaged original version, the L 2.0 is millennial-pink, luxurious, hassle-free, and also a van. Created by some intrepid Brooklynites, the freshly disrupted jitney bills itself as the only service "exclusively focused on solving for the L Train shutdown." For just $155 each month, "The New L" subscribers get access to "luxury shuttles driven by professional chauffeurs," plus wi-fi, breakfast bars, phone chargers, and the sense of accomplishment that comes with hacking the greatest transit headache of our generation. Or at least, one … [Read more...] about Luxury Shuttle Bus Service Calling Itself ‘The New L’ Aims To Cash In On L Train Shutdown Hell
by Aviva Stahl in News on Jun 19, 2018 10:45 am (Madeleine Crenshaw / Gothamist) Half a block behind Manhattan’s federal courthouse, two blocks from City Hall, three blocks from the Brooklyn Bridge, and less than a mile from the hustle-and-bustle of Wall Street, sits a detention center that has been condemned by a United Nations human rights expert for exposing its inmates to conditions akin to torture. While reports of the horrendous conditions on Rikers Island helped spur Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pledge to shutter the jail’s violence-plagued facilities, far less attention has been paid to the environment inside the Metropolitan Correctional Center, the federal jail which mainly holds people who have been charged but not yet convicted of crimes, who in the eyes of the law are still presumed innocent. Yet those locked up at the MCC are subject to their own indignities and rights violations, say those who have spent time there on both sides of the … [Read more...] about Prisoners Endure A Nightmare ‘Gulag’ In Lower Manhattan, Hidden In Plain Sight
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