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]
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