Morning Reads: Croman Lawsuit, Gentrifier Complaints, Ramones Tribute

The Urban Justice Center, on behalf of tenants at 309 East 8th St., sues landlord Steve Croman. Attorney Sadia Rahman says: “I would say that this case is symptomatic of what is going on in the Lower East Side today… (Owners) are investing considerable sums of money into vacant apartments so that they can be deregulated and rented at market value.” (Real Deal)

“I would say that this case is symptomatic of what is going on in the Lower East Side today,” said attorney Sadia Rahman, who represents the five tenants. “Violations like the broken front door and broken cornices have been in place for years, but owners instead are investing considerable sums of money into vacant apartments so that they can be deregulated and rented at market value.” – See more at: http://therealdeal.com/blog/2014/08/14/tenants-sue-to-stop-croman-from-renovating-les-tenement/#sthash.gB3KHYAF.dpuf(Real Deal).

Thoughts on the MTA’s commitment to “full line reviews” as a way of improving the transit system (Second Avenue Sagas).

Intercity bus news not on the LES: Hoylman wants investigation of company in Times Square crash (Daily News).

Discussion: To what extent should gentrifiers adapt to the cultural norms in their new neighborhoods? (Brian Lehrer Show/WNYC).

Forty years ago Saturday the Ramones stepped on stage at CBGB; Bowery Electric tribute to Tommy Ramone is happening this weekend (Brooklyn Vegan).

Chico creates a mural on East 13th Street in memory of Robin Williams (EV Grieve).