[Screengrab via YouTube]
Updated 7/18: Read more background on this story here.
This video is making the rounds this weekend.
Martin Fernandez, a contractor working at a building only ID'd as being on the Lower East Side, documented the clean-up of a roach-filled apartment after the tenant was evicted.
The Daily Mail first had the story:
"Whatever you've seen, you've never seen nothing like this," Fernandez says ...
"When I first started doing work, we gave him a new stove and he was a very clean guy," he recalls about the tenant.
The apartment is filled with rotting garbage, empty bottles and assorted junk.
Cockroaches swarm across the the walls, floor and furniture.
"The refrigerator caught on fire," Fernandez notes as he peers into the scorched interior of the appliance.
It gets more grim as the crew discovers what happened to the tenant's cat.
And it's all captured on a video that Fernandez made to document the mess. (If you're at all squeamish, then you should not watch this. Or even if you aren't...)
The address of the building is not disclosed. A few EVG readers wondered if it might be in the East Village. There's a shot of Fernandez taking a breather in his truck. What looks like the First Avenue-Ninth Street location of the Bean can be seen in the background...
If you have any guesses to where this might be, have at it... (Also, one reader suggested that this video was staged for the purposes of generating interest in some kind of upcoming series.)
For further reading, the Times recently had a piece titled "Helping Those Who Hoard," which included photos from several East Village apartments.
Fernandez posted a follow-up video titled "Rage over Fake News because of my Cockroach Infested apartment video."