As we've been reporting, Abart Holdings LLC has sold (or is selling) the buildings at 50, 54 and 58 E. Third St. on between First Avenue and Second Avenue.
Seventeen residents of the building with market-rate apartments received letters that stated, in part: "It has been agreed with the impending new owners that your lease will not be renewed and that you will be expected to vacate at the expiration of your lease."
This evening, the residents held a rally outside the apartment buildings... City Council member Rosie Mendez was among the speakers...
... Unfortunately, we couldn't make the rally... Bobby Williams sent along these photos, noting that 40-plus people turned out...
Yesterday, resident Sue Palchak-Essenpreis told us: "All we are asking is to be treated fairly. We have a voice, and at the very least, it deserves to be heard. While currently the NYC law may state that any new owner may evict current market rate tenants at will, just because it's legal, doesn't make it right. These are our homes, and we won't leave without a fight."
Previously on EV Grieve:
Reader report: Three apartment buildings sold on East Third Street
Know your rights: Help with understanding NYC rent laws
More about the lease renewals at 50, 54 and 58 E. Third St.
Tenants at 50, 54 and 58 E. Third St. banding to together in face of building sale