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Bushwick Landlord Targeted by Tenants

by Ian Marsh

The Bushwick Housing Independence Project, a tenant rights organization, held a rally outside landlord Joel Israel’s Borough Park apartment last week. Tenants accuse Israel of trying to force them out by sabotaging their apartments

Around 75 people chanted for “respect” and “justice,” held signs and talked to Israel’s neighbors. The rally drew perplexed stares and questions from some members of the area’s Orthodox Jewish community. Two tenants at 98 Linden St., Noelia Calero, 31, and her cousin Michelle Crespo, 32, said that Israel tore out their kitchens and bathrooms seven months ago, under the pretext that he was renovating the apartments. Calero and Crespo, who live across the hall from each other on the first floor, said he hasn’t done any work since then. Continue Reading →

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