05/28/13 11:30am


The residents of 135 Plymouth Street, virtually the only remaining live/work loft building in Dumbo, are holding a fundraiser to save their rental units. The residents are in a loft law lawsuit with the building’s landlord, who residents say wants to evict tenants to create luxury apartments. This New York Times article gives some background on the residents’ desire to apply for protection under the loft law, while the landlord wants to legalize the building for residential use under the Department of Buildings. As the building residents state on their website, “We are presently trying to claim the rights that the Loft Law grants us, but risk losing our homes for want of funds to pay the team of legal, architectural, fire and engineering experts that it takes to prevail in court.” The fundraiser, which will have food, drink and performances in two of the building’s loft apartments, is scheduled for Saturday, June 8. Twenty of the building residents are contributing to the menu, as well as entertainment such as screen printing, caricatures, mural painting, bands, magicians, DJs, and an aerial show. To purchase tickets to the event or to make a donation, go here.