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Will 2 ‘Worst Landlords’ Stay on the List?

22 Oct

Here’s an update on my prior post regarding two landlord partners who purchased six buildings in the northwest Bronx:

Some of their buildings are listed on Pubilc Advocate Letitia James’ Worst Landlord’s Watchlist. But in checking the HPD violation data site, the violations on some Brooklyn buildings of those two landlords appear to have been reduced significantly. After asking James’ office about these landlords’ current status on their list, a spokesperson told me that their “full list should be updated in the next month and if the landlords have reformed they will be removed.”

If you have experience living, or working with tenants in, the buildings of landlords Yechel Weinberger and Bernard Miller, please share your experience with Bronx Matters by commenting on this post or emailing bronxmatters-at-gmail.com.

Brooklynites Share Development Fight Lessons with Boogie Down Brethren

12 Mar

A panel discussed the "Battle for Brooklyn" after its showing at the Bronx Documentary Center. From left, Atlantic Yards opponent Daniel Goldstein, filmmaker Michael Ganlinsky, Council Member Letitia James, Good Jobs NY director Bettina Damiani and Bronx activist Mychal Johnson. (Photo: J. Moss)

By Jordan Moss

They came to watch the “Battle for Brooklyn.”

They left armed with some advice for their fledgling fight in the Bronx.

The documentary film, shown at the Bronx Documentary Center in Melrose last Thursday evening, chronicles the seven-year civic trench war against the Atlantic Yards development project in downtown Brooklyn. About 30 south Bronx residents and activists, all adamantly opposed to Fresh Direct building a factory in the south Bronx’s Harlem River Yards, came to see it and learn some lessons about what they’re up against.

The Brooklyn project, led by mega-developer Bruce Ratner, is bigger and more expensive and ultimately handed defeat to project’s opponents.

But the story still resonated in the Boogie Down.

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