Repairs Start at Sunset Park Rent Strike Building


The three buildings in Sunset Park where tenants are striking are finally getting repairs, reported the New York Daily News. Electrical wiring, broken windows, tiles, hand rails, holes, and leaks at 545, 553 and 557 46th Street are being fixed, while piles of trash are being removed from the basement, in response to pressure from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development. “Faulty fuse boxes at one building required the constant use of portable fans to keep from overheating,” said the Daily News, and occupants were terrified the building would go up in flames. Some of the workers are from HPD, which took the building owner, Orazio Petito, to court last month over violations at the building. Tenants have been withholding rent over the poor conditions since July, and in that same month an elderly tenant was allegedly assaulted by the building super while attempting to film repairs to the wiring.
Sunset Park Buildings Branded Firetraps Finally Getting Repairs [NY Daily News]
Judge Removes Super From Sunset Park Building [Brownstoner]
Tenant Punched, Arrests in Sunset Park Rent Strike [Brownstoner]
Sunset Park Rent Strike This Thursday [Brownstoner]
Photo by Kate Leonova for PropertyShark

One Comment

  • While I absolutely sympathise with the tenants on the deplorable conditions of the building, the one thing that gets me is:

    “Faulty fuse boxes at one building required the constant use of portable fans to keep from overheating,” said the story, and occupants were terrified the building would go up in flames.

    How on Earth do the tenants put their heads to the pillow at night and sleep, knowing they have a “faulty fuse box” that could set the building abaze.??????

    One would think if they are on a rent strike, the tenants could use the rent money to have the “faulty fuse box” repaired????? Wouldn’t that make sense??? Why wait till the building burns down, then the tenants will have nothing.

    I am happy that repairs are finally going to be made.

    I find the DOB, a crock of crap, why did it have to take this long for these repairs to be made, where was the DOB during all this.?????

    Just like the infamous 187 7th ave building where is the DOB….why is the building in the state that it is, what is the purpose of the DOB???

    but yet if I had litter in the front of my building, I would get a fine…..