Tenant-landlord tensions continue at 170-174 E. Second St., the site of two walk-ups that developer/New York Observer publisher Jared Kushner bought last December.
In July, CB3's Land Use, Zoning, Public & Private Housing Committee heard firsthand about allegations of tenant harassment and quality-of-life issues brought on by gut renovations.
As DNAinfo reported:
Real estate scion Jared Kushner is using lawsuits, disruptive construction and neglect to force rent-stabilized tenants out of two buildings he owns in the East Village, as he converts them to high-end apartments, according to court documents and residents.
This afternoon at 1, Councilwoman Rosie Mendez, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and the Cooper Square Committee will join the remaining tenants residing at 170-174 E. Second St.
Per the media alert, "Everyone will speak about the poor and unsustainable living conditions including perceived harassment by the landlord and his agents."
The news conference will be outside the buildings between Avenue A and Avenue B.
Here's more from the media alert:
The tenants have faced a lack of repairs, overzealous construction, and lack of communication about the ongoing construction in the buildings, resulting in five ceiling collapses and no functioning mailbox for nearly two weeks. In addition, building construction has resulted in a shutoff of gas, routine unannounced hot and cold water distributions, and severe dust and debris accumulation.
Jared Kushner has owned the buildings for about 8 months. Over the period of Kushner’s ownership of the buildings, there has been a 70 percent turnover rate.
Kushner paid $17.5 million for the two buildings.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Inside a classic East Village tenement before the whole building is renovated
Jared Kushner not done buying every walk-up in the East Village
Two East 2nd St. buildings sell for $17.5 million; will new owner still honor Allen Ginsburg?
Tenants claim: Kushner and Westminster want to destroy this building's beautiful garden
Reports outline how Kushner Companies is aggressively trying to empty 170-174 E. 2nd St.