Would you move here with a box? Would you live here with a fox? This is the newly unleashed Lavender Residence, located at 85 Cornelius Street. Curbed NY reports that developer Abe Green is responsible for the job, which isn’t surprising, given that he seems to have a sense of paint-by-numbers manifest destiny—Green is also the developer who brought the loud, checkered Ocean Blue Residence to Bushwick in 2010.
Yet, as silly as it looks, the history behind the Lavender Residence might point to something more sordid than Dr. Seuss: When the roof collapsed on the Cornelia Street rowhouse last summer, the FDNY determined the building unsafe and officials forced everyone to move out. Bushwick BK reported that residents were barred from returning, which allowed for renovation work to begin. The publication interviewed at least one resident whose story suggests deliberate neglect.
Luther “Dreads” Smith, a neighbor of 85 Cornelia, told BushwickBK that the owner told him he wanted to “move in yuppies” after everyone was evicted. The building is the only one on the block that is rent stabilized.
“They offered them money to buy them out and only the first- and second-floor tenants took it and moved out three weeks ago,” said Dreads. According to him, the 3rd floor tenants were the sole holdouts and refused to take the buy-out money offered by the landlord. [BushwickBK]
According to Dreads, the tenants who were forced to move “had kids and the floor was sagging after the collapse.” Ugh. Oh, the places you’ll go…when you’re evicted like this by your landlord.
[via Curbed NY]
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