“明和解暗逼迁 华埠住客示威(图)“

2016-06-15 – 僑報

【侨报记者高诗云6月14日纽约报道】14日上午10时许,来自华埠包厘街83-85号公寓的数十名住客与“保护华埠和下东城联盟”及反逼迁运动支持者们,在位于布碌仑下城Fulton街479号的Dr.Jay’s服装连锁公司门前举行示威集会,抗议该公司老板、同时也是83-85号公寓房东的Joseph Betesh,使用恶劣手段逼迁住客。

示威民众代表发言,控诉无良房东。(侨报记者高诗云摄)

 

愤怒的示威民众要求房东停止“表面和解,暗里逼迁”,应立即按照法庭判决对公寓进行维修,并前往市府将该公寓登记为租金稳定的住房。据悉这桩逼迁案诉讼已耗时一年,将于15日在曼哈顿高等法庭再次开庭。

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“Don’t Leave City Planning to the Planners”

June, 3, 2016 – The Tyee

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Who should have the last say in our cities’ planning decisions, the planner experts or the non-expert citizens who must live with the results?

If I wanted to make the case for the role of the non-expert, I could say just two words and then stop: Jane and Jacobs. The great urbanist author was the ultimate skeptic and analyst, a non-professional, an observer, and we have been celebrating her centenary and legacy in recent weeks. In the pre-architecture courses I took at UBC around 1970, all the professors were modernists and so told us to read the mega-project loving Le Corbusier and study Brasilia for ideas about the future. Reyner Banham with his love of Los Angeles was similarly fashionable, partly for the novelty of endorsing something as outrageous as a car-captive lifestyle in an architecturally kitschy landscape.

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“Attention, Dr. Jay’s Shoppers: Bowery Tenants Take the Fight to Landlord’s Store”

June, 14, 2016 – Bedford + Bowery

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This morning shoppers looking for American flag swimsuits or bright-patterned leggings at Dr. Jay’s streetwear store in downtown Brooklyn were greeted by a flurry of slogans and posters decrying the brand’s owner, Joseph Betesh, as a slumlord. Tenants from 83 and 85 Bowery were gathered with local activists out front, chanting against Betesh’s efforts to evict them.

 

The tenants, mainly low-income Chinese families, have been organizing against eviction for more than a year and trying to get their apartments recognized as rent-regulated. Back in 2013 the building was bought by Betesh’s Milestone Equities for $62 million. Last March, Betesh refused to renew leases, arguing that the building was not in fact rent-regulated because it underwent substantial rehabilitation. When that didn’t work (they dropped a court case against one of the residents and paid his legal fees) they seemingly changed tactics, deeming the building “structurally unsound” and ordering all the tenants to vacate so they could make repairs.

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“Slumlord Millionaire Fakes Settlement, Pushes for Evictions!”

June, 10, 2016 – Coalition to Protect Chinatown and LES

TUESDAY, 6/14, RALLY + PRESS CONFERENCE AT DR. JAYS

Slumlord Millionaire Fakes Settlement, Pushes for Evictions!

PRESS CONFERENCE AND RALLY AT DR. JAY’S

479 Fulton Street, Downtown Brooklyn

Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 10am

We, tenants of 83 & 85 Bowery, Coalition to Protect Chinatown & the Lower East Side and supporters, are calling on slumlord millionaire Joseph Betesh, owner of Dr. Jay’s, to right his wrongdoings.

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“華埠反逼遷行動傳捷報.惡房東被捕”

2016-05-11 – 明報紐約

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(紐約.留天佑11日報導)華埠包厘街83-85號租金穩定公寓反迫遷案昨日有新進展。業主同意不會迫使樓宇內27戶人搬走,並會進行一些必要的修繕。法庭訂出的保護租客條款,也預料會在6月15日前得到落實。

昨日到場支持租客的紐約市公益維護人詹樂霞表示,包厘街83-85號業主Joseph Betesh應對兩幢樓的失修負責任,特別是樓內傾斜的樓梯和地板,這些都會產生對住戶的即時危險。「紐約市不會容許人,以這種手法圖利」,她說。

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“我們的家園不能等待”運動: 繪畫行動! Our Homes Can’t Wait: Paint-in!

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時間:週六,5月21日,上午11點到下午2點
地點:58 號西喜士定街(58 W Hastings St. Vancouver(“海陸空”對面)
活動:多個組織及團體演講講員,音樂,以及共同參與在牆壁上以文字,圖畫等形式表達社區對可負擔房源的訴求。有少量免費食物供應

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“Chinatown residents reach deal with landlord accused of trying to force out low-income tenants”

May. 10, 2016 – New York Daily News

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Public Advocate Letitia James attended a protest against landlord Joseph Betesh with his tenants on Tuesday.

A tentative deal reached Tuesday will spare 27 low-income immigrant families in two Chinatown buildings from eviction, the Daily News has learned.The settlement between residents of 83 and 85 Bowery and buildings owner Joseph Betesh revolves an angry and escalating dispute over the properties.

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