Eviction redux: Crown Heights family faces second ouster

Three months ago, a Crown Heights family was ushered by activists back into their home after being locked out by real estate operatives whom they accused of stealing it. But now they might be evicted again. A housing court judge has agreed to hear arguments on whether to reinstate an eviction warrant that in February had ousted the family from their home of more than 70 years. Judge Jack Stoller’s decision came days after an

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Shocking twist in Crown Heights “deed theft” case

An eviction drama that shook Crown Heights has taken an unexpected turn. An attorney for Ida Robinson, a 98-year-old who alleges a real estate operative stole her row house and evicted her, withdrew a motion alleging fraud. Adam Birnbaum, who joined Robinson’s cause on a referral from Attorney General Letitia James, dropped the claim less than two months after filing it. The case had drawn widespread attention after tenant activists moved the Robinsons back into

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“Eco-yogi slumlords” surrender $2M house in settlement with city

In retrospect, Loretta Gendville and Gennaro Brooks-Church would have been better off staying under the radar. Instead, the landlord couple drew attention to themselves by forcing out tenants  from 1214 Dean Street during the pandemic and picking up the moniker “eco-yogi slumlords of Brooklyn.” The city sued  in December 2020, accusing them of running an illegal short-term rental operation and, along with Attorney General Letitia James, announced a $2.25 million settlement Wednesday. The landlords surrendered

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Documents shed new light on Crown Heights eviction saga

A new legal filing and old mortgage documents shed light on an eviction saga in Crown Heights in which a 98-year-old woman lost ownership and then tenancy of her family home of 70 years. Last week, city marshals evicted Ida Robinson and her family from the stately row house at 964 Park Place. The Robinsons had in 1951 become the first Black family on the block. But facing foreclosure in 2015, the matriarch was tricked

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Eviction drama sparks standoff in Crown Heights

It’s no surprise that the end of New York’s eviction moratorium would usher in some landlord-tenant dramas. But the saga unfolding at a Crown Heights home signals a seismic shift in how renters are fighting displacement, one landlords fear may ruin their shot at finally getting nonpayers out. Last Friday, tenant advocates descended upon 964 Park Place, where renters Ida Robinson and daughter Sherease, along with the rest of their family, had been evicted earlier

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Investment sales bustle in trendy Soho, Brooklyn neighborhoods

Wall Street luminary Richard Jenrette brought small-cap stocks to the masses and made a fortune, some of which he poured into real estate restoration. A vestige of his legacy showed up in one of last week’s 11 investment sales between $10 million and $40 million, as his former home and office changed hands. The $20 million deal, for adjacent East 93rd Street properties, was among six mid-market sales in Manhattan recorded in the first week

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Bruce Eichner sues to save Crown Heights residential project

First, Ian Bruce Eichner couldn’t get through public review. Then, a judge slapped him down. Now he’s back in court, pursuing a Crown Heights project that might never happen. For four years, Eichner’s Continuum Company and Lincoln Equities Group have been trying to build a large residential development near the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Even the ground beneath the project is slipping away, as the spice merchant who agreed to sell them the site wants out

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“Why are we living in such conditions?”: Crown Heights tenants withhold rent

Tenants are withholding rent in an effort to compel their absentee management company to make needed repairs at a Crown Heights apartment building, which they say has been overrun with rats, roaches, dangerous mold and flooding. Brooklyn Paper reports that tenants at 1392 Sterling Place staged a rent strike rally last week, the latest chapter in a battle that some residents have been waging for months. Holes in Doila George’s kitchen ceiling leak from flooding

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Continuum sues to stop rejection of towers by Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Continuum’s towers might never go up, but they’re not going down without a fight. Last week, the Continuum Company filed a lawsuit in state court to save a tower project it aims to build near the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The developer, led by Ian Bruce Eichner, alleges the City Planning Commission has refused to consider a “reasonable alternative” to the proposed development on Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights, according to Curbed. The commission, taking its

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Carlyle Group scores $32M construction loan for Crown Heights storage facility

Here come the cubes. The Carlyle Group on Wednesday scored $31.8 million in construction loans from Santander Bank to build a self-storage facility in Crown Heights. The project will replace a Western Beef meat market that used to stand at 1223 East New York Avenue and has since been demolished. In Nov. 2020, a Carlyle subsidiary purchased the lot for $13 million from Shibber Khan’s Criterion Group, public records show. Just five months before the

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