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Someone Really Doesn’t Like This “Illegal Hotel” Mural on First Street

A mural in First Street Green Art Park taking aim at illegal hotel operators has been vandalized for a second time since local residents began creating it in early May.

Steve Croman’s Tenants Deliver a Message They Hope He’ll Receive in Prison

Notorious Manhattan landlord Steven Croman isn't expected to be released from prison until next month, but some of his tenants on the Lower East Side last week decided to give him an early welcome home present.

Local Tenants and Activists Demand Changes in Signature Bank’s Lending Practices

Activist groups in New York City have a long history of fighting back against landlords intent on pushing out rent stabilized tenants.

Tenants of 159 Stanton St. File Lawsuit Against Landlord Steve Croman (Updated)

Tenants at 159 Stanton St. have filed a lawsuit in housing court against Steve Croman, the controversial landlord already in the cross hairs of the state attorney general.

Samy Mahfar Settles Tenant Lawsuits; Residents Due $205,000 in Rent Abatements

A lengthy battle between Lower East Side property owner Samy Mahfar and residents in four buildings is over, at least for now. In the past year, they took Mahfar to housing court, accusing the local landlord of exposing them to...

Tenants of 118 East 4th St. Are Back in Court to Battle Kushner

Tenants of 118 East 4th St. are back in New York City Housing Court this morning in their continuing battle with landlord Jared Kushner.

Opinion | Harassment of Lower East Side Tenants Illustrates Desperate Need For Buildings Dept. Reforms

The following opinion piece was submitted by Robert Pinter, a longtime Lower East Side resident. During a lengthy battle with property owner Croman Real Estate, Pinter has been aided by the Cooper Square Committee and the Urban Justice Center....

Building Renovations at 210 Rivington, 102 Norfolk Create Tenant-Landlord Tension

On the outside, nothing seems especially unusual about this 6-story walk-up building at 210 Rivington St. But inside, this 20-unit property with ground floor retail is undergoing a fairly dramatic transformation - a gut renovation. Since changing hands last...

Cooper Square Committee Plans Protest at Today’s Cooper Union Inauguration

We received an email overnight from the Cooper Square Committee, which has been fighting to save the St. Mark's Bookshop.  They're using today's inauguration of Jamshed Bharucha, Cooper Union's new president, as an opportunity to continue pressing the school...

Rent Regulations: Affordable Housing Advocates Respond

As lawmakers in Albany wrangle over the final details of new legislation to replace the rent regulations that expired June 15, politicians and community leaders are weighing in on the pros and cons. Yesterday, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver called the agreement...
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