Thursday, September 4, 2014

Local politicos join residents of 2 Jared Kushner-owned buildings to speak out about poor living conditions, alleged harassment

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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.


Anonymous said...

Fucking unbelievable that this shit still goes on.

Anonymous said...

The last line notes: 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.

So did most people in those buildings take buyouts from him? How did he get so many people to leave in eight months? I am curious about that.

Anonymous said...

These guys do not disappoint. They seem perfectly happy to live up to the soul-less money-grubbing real estate baron caricature. This Koushner guy was probably groomed from birth to do exactly this.

Gojira said...

@Anon. 12:38 - he married into the Trump family. That tells you all you need to know about him.

Anonymous said...

@Gorija- every comment you post makes me love you a little more! Hit that nail on the head this time.

Gojira said...

@Anon. 12:47 - :) ! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Back in the day this would have been a demo or act up now just another has been... Where are the zippies and mr Penley and crew

Anonymous said...

Someone needs to tell Rosie that she's accountable to the tenants business owners and residents of the east village. How does she allow a 24hr a day food truck to operate in her district in violation of the parking laws? No commercial vehicles are supposed to be on a residential street past 9pm?

Or did those who use this truck bring intimidation and coercion to her office and the police department?

Barrack may have his work cut out for him. If the police can't police our streets and if the politicians are wrapped in corruption and contribution, where do we go?

Anonymous said...

And make those frat ouchebags stop having parties on the roof of his building on e 4th st PIssin me off. A couple weeks ago I was about to go nuts on those motherfuckers when they were doing their bro singing together chant shit at 4:30am.