The stay of eviction that the Sixteenth Street Synagogue received at the eleventh hour, allowing it remain at 3 West 16th Street through the end of 2012, might have been a holiday miracle. But the holidays are over, and so it would seem, are the last vestiges of hope for the Orthodox congregation that has called the six-story building home for the last 67 years.
Acting supreme court justice Debra James has decided not to extend the stay of eviction that was granted on December 24, pending examination of the synagogue’s claim to 1/3 ownership of the building. The synagogue has been ordered to evacuate the premises immediately.
“It’s very upsetting, how can I tell you otherwise? I’ve been there since 1988. This is my only Jewish home,” synagogue president Richard McBee told The Observer. “This is a very vibrant synagogue, and the idea of that shutting down is just simply wrong.”
We’ve heard about landlords letting rent-stabilized apartments deteriorate, but destroying the whole apartment is a new one.
Jadwiga Bronte, who lives in a rent-stabilized apartment on Bedford Avenue, told police that her landlord destroyed her apartment under the guise of doing repair work, The Brooklyn Paper reports.
Patti Smith has come out in defense of her imminent gig at the Chelsea Hotel, releasing a statement that includes bullet points underlining her reasons for organizing this Thursday’s soirée. “My small performance for the tenants was my own idea.” She said, distancing herself from any collusion with the owners, “My hope is that we might have a nice evening and the opportunity to communicate directly.”
Red Carpet Real Estate
Poor Courtney Love. After spending forever looking for a new place in the city, she finally found her dream home at 250 West 10th Street—with a little help from her friends at Curbed. But now Ms. Love’s landlords are threatening to evict her, after she has turned the townhouse into a regular hellhole.
Occupy Wall Street
Earlier today, Occupy Wall Street obtained a court order from a Manhattan judge allowing them to re-occupy downtown’s Zuccotti Park after being forcefully evicted during last night’s violent NYPD raid clearing out the park. Despite having obtained a temporary court order against the city, the NYPD aren’t allowing the protesters back into the park, as more head over there now. Here’s what’s happening as the skirmish develops: