The scene reads like something from an episode of “Law & Order”. The landlord of three buildings in the area has been accused of trying to blow up the buildings while tenants are still living there. “These buildings, which have thousands of HPD violations, have recently been subject to an arson investigation and multiple instances of suspicious gas leaks in vacant apartments.”
These are buildings that I have passed on a number of occasions and it is obvious from the exterior that they are in serious disrepair. Many of the tenants have Rent Strike signs affixed to their front windows. I will try to get pictures of it if I can.
Read the details after the jump.
This Friday, May 18th, Assemblyman Keith Wright
(70th A.D.-Harlem) and Assemblyman Herman “Denny” Farrell, Jr. (71st
A.D.-Harlem/Washington Heights), will be holding a press conference to
call on the New York City Housing Court to appoint a 7A administrator
for three buildings in Harlem, in order to both protect the residents
from their management company and ensure that HPD-mandated repairs are
being done. These buildings, which have thousands of HPD violations,
have recently been subject to an arson investigation and multiple
instances of suspicious gas leaks in vacant apartments.
“What blows my mind is that despite all of the attention now being paid
to our buildings, a large majority of the most necessary repairs have
still not begun. For a while things were looking up, as HPD was making
the repairs that the landlord refused to do. Due to a new court order in
favor of the landlord, repairs have stopped,” said Elsia Vasquez,
President of the Tenants Association. She continued, “These two separate
gas leaks in vacant apartments have put us on edge and are making us
wonder if someone is trying to burn down the buildings. The only people
with access to these units are the landlord and the management company,
who in addition, have failed to provide a majority of the tenants with
the mandated smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.”
This PRESS CONFERENCE is to take place at 235 West 146th Street (between
7th Avenue and 8th Avenue), at 9:45 AM, on FRIDAY, MAY 18TH, 2007.