Shadiness Continues at Greenpoint’s 239 Banker


    New York Shitty’s Miss Heather has been documenting the situation at Greenpoint’s 239 Banker Street—also sometimes known as the Sweater Factory Lofts—for several years now, and the building got a lot of press when the city forced out a bunch of residents in 2009 because it wasn’t approved for residential use. (There have actually been multiple forced evacuations.) Well, the latest report on 239 Banker as of yesterday comes from one of her readers, who emailed her after making an appointment to see one of the apartments in the building advertised on Craigslist. Here are some of the fun bits: “On the phone they had me meet at another location instead of giving the address. None of the advertisements for this place show the address anymore. Because it’s not a legal building. They are advertising 2-3 bedrooms but even if the building were legal the spaces cannot be legally be divided up to be more than 1 bedroom without a window in each. They say they will build out the space for move in, but there is no toilet, no heat, no stove, no appliances, the windows are unsealed, the doors don’t have locks, floors unfinished.” By the way, Miss Heather notes that a listing dug up on Craigslist shows rents in the building going from $2,800 to $3,800. And, no, not for commercial space.
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