Fifty-one families in Sunset Park have organized a rent strike for this Thursday to protest the conditions at 553, 545, and 557 46th Street. Building residents says that city agencies have not responded to complaints about hazardous wiring, vermin, and garbage. And they allege that the super has not been responsive to frequent building blackouts (one of which lasted 12 hours) and the loss of heat during the wintertime. According to longtime residents, conditions at the three buildings recently worsened after the properties went into foreclosure. According to the group’s Facebook page, “The tenants have taken many steps to confront their slumlord…but the situation is being handled slowly through the courts. They say they can’t wait months for something to change. They need something to happen now since they fear a fire or medical emergency.” The rally will begin Thursday at noon, outside the buildings in question.
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A San Francisco-based co-working space called Makeshift Society is opening a location in Williamsburg on the first two floors of a converted warehouse at 55 Hope Street. Makeshift’s Brooklyn spot occupies 4,000 square feet across both floors and offers 17-foot ceilings, open seating and dedicated studio desks. It will also have a creative tool lending library […]
Here the developers have gutted a small one-family and turned it into three small open-plan apartments, each with two bedrooms. (The listing says there’s an owner’s duplex, but going by the floor plan, it seems to be referring to the cellar.) Some charm still remains in the form of beautiful fireplaces and the exterior, which has […]
This two-bedroom, two-bath triplex in a Park Slope conversion has an airy feel with two terraces and a roof deck and an interesting mezzanine space. There’s also plenty of room for a home office or two and walk-in closets for both bedrooms. We’re a little puzzled by the floor plan, however, which seems to chop […]
This three-bedroom, two-bath duplex in a Prospect Lefferts Gardens house looks large and well-cared for. The 1,500-square-foot pad has an updated eat-in kitchen with a dishwasher, and both bathrooms appear to be in good shape although not renovated recently. The house also has a screened-in porch, shared backyard, and parking for an additional fee. It’s […]
Work has started at the long-empty double corner lot prominently situated across from Saratoga Park at 840-838 Halsey Street. At one time it was slated to become a community garden, but now plans call for two-three family, three-story buildings. There are no renderings on the fence, but we won’t be surprised if they are Fedders. […]