Lofty Aspirations at a Notorious Greenpoint Building


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
Image courtesy of New York Shitty, on display as of this morning

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  • Max Stark is an awful landlord. I used to rent his units to clients at The Rocket Factory and another building out on Halsey Street. He would use nice materials to renovate than not finish anything. Years after I put people in the RF there were still holes in the walls where video monitor buzzers were supposed to have been installed and wires hanging out of walls in the lobby. I was so embarrassed and I just stopped taking clients to his properties. There are also stories of gas being shut off on Halsey and broken promises of laundry and roof decks. Always Property Shark and know who’s building you’re moving in to.

  • let’s see if you can buy a docket number. if you are a judge, politician, someone in the city system – - we are all watching real-time. better cover your tracks, there are a lot of educated people with a lot of time on their hands. think unmarked diamonds or melted gold, otherwise you are waiting to be found if this thing gets a docket number.