New York Shitty’s Miss Heather has been documenting the ups, downs and turnarounds at Greenpoint’s 239 Banker Street—also sometimes known as the Sweater Factory Lofts—for a very long time, as it is a building that has seen multiple forced evacuations in part because it’s not approved for residential use. Nevertheless, while its C-of-O status has not changed, real estate agents have kept trying to market the structure for residential habitation for many years, including on Craigslist as recently as last month. The latest news, then, is that the owners of the building have filed for protection under the loft law, as Miss Heather documents: “That’s right folks! It would appear this month someone has filed for protection under the Loft Law! Given the amended law states three or more families must have lived independently from one another for 12 consecutive months from 1/1/08 through 12/21/09— and 239 Banker Street was vacated by the Department of Buildings on September 24, 2009.” Will 239 finally go legit?
Coming to 239 Banker Street: The Loft Law? [NYS] GMAP P*Shark DOB
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