It never ceases to amaze how a business can be busted for drugs and/or other criminality and yet still be allowed to stay open. Such was the case with the Lefferts Hotel, which has plagued the southeast corner of Clinton Hill for years. Back in 2006, after an undercover operation exposed extensive drug and prostitution activities going on behind those shaded windows, the hotel somehow managed to maintain enough leverage to negotiate a deal that enabled them to stay open as long as they switched from being a short-stay hotel to a long-term residential one and installed some surveillance cameras. Seems that it’s hard to teach old dogs new tricks. The shadesters who run this place clearly aren’t the type of folks to follow rules, so it should come as no surprise that the DOB issued a Full Vacate Order a couple of weeks ago for numerous violations including fire code, egress and C of O issues; they had more than double the allowed number of units and were renting out rooms in the cellar. Time to put these folks out of business for good. The community should not have to put up with this crap in our backyard! Update: According to a post on The Forum, the Lefferts’ sister hotel at 211 Schermerhorn Street has also been hit with a Full Vacate Order.
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