Culture on the Cheap
New York Shitty Day Starter: 239 Banker Street, Revisited Once Again
Once again, a word from our City Councilman:
I have noticed your posts and am glad you continue to bring light to the issue of lofts in Greenpoint and Williamsburg. The Loft Law was designed to protect residential tenants who, knowingly or unknowingly, moved into manufacturing or commercial spaces and it may grant rights for tenants to save and stabilize their housing and avoid the excessive costs associated with being vacated. With regard to 239 Banker Street, I cannot say whether they will be covered by the Loft Law. However, when the building was vacated in 2009, many tenants suddenly lost their living spaces as well as thousands of dollars in rent and security deposits. I do not want to see a repeat of that event. I will work to ensure that all building code issues at 239 Banker are addressed, but I hope to avoid seeing another vacate order if possible. All I can do is try to spread the word about the Loft Law so that tenants in such spaces can apply for coverage that they may be legally entitled to. Of course, the Loft Board will make final determinations about each application individually.
And I suppose “ensuring all building code issues are addressed” includes doing work without a permit on a Sunday?
New York Shitty analysis: they ain’t doing pointing.
You can view this, the latest advertisement for the “lofts” at 239 Banker Street on Craigslist by clicking here.*
*A casual search of this phone number netted this gem:
Alas this apartment is no longer available. I have little doubt the availability of “bras” is to blame. In closing, here are a few screencaps of advertisements from StreetEasy for 239 Banker Street for your viewing pleasure:
Tags: 11222, 239 Banker Street, Department of Buildings, Eli Levintin, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, IBZ, Illegal Conversion, Industrial Business Zone, Nevo Realty Corporation, Steve Levin, StreetEasy