The New York Department of Buildings is coming down hard on illegal lofts in Brooklyn. The latest shutdown, a building near Lorimer St. on Metropolitan Ave. was home to 40-50 residents. According to reports, these poor fools were given less than 24 hours notice to vacate the premises. From the Brooklyn Paper:
“[Inspectors] told us we can’t take a s—t, shower or use the kitchen — we just have to go before they padlock the doors,” said longtime resident NAME REDACTED, who lives with a handful of others on the fifth floor. “We’re young, we don’t have savings. We had no idea about the problems here.”
As G.I. Joe reminded us, “knowing is half the battle,” and in reality, it was probably less than safe for all those young starving artist kids to be living in the run-down building. According to the city, the building is zoned for commercial use only, and there are over 150 safety and environmental cases open against the building, including an improperly working elevator, unsound staircases, and blocked emergency exits. The kicker, is that tenants claim they were on leases. I guess that’s why they’re suing the building’s owners, who are suddenly pretty difficult to reach.
Sometimes, a sweet deal on a sick loft really is too good to be true.