New York, NY – Contrary to media reports, numerous buildings in the Lower East Side in Manhattan remain without power, heat, and properly functioning water systems in freezing temperatures. Landlords and management companies are taking advantage of the situation and are not acting fast enough. In one building on 8th Street and Avenue C, managed by K&R Realty, we have had reports of tenants who have had asthma attacks due to the cold and the fumes from the flooded basement, as well as a tenant who has had to leave the building because he is undergoing chemotherapy and the building is too cold for him.
Although ConEdison has worked hard and fast to restore power to lower Manhattan, management companies have not responded in kind to get the necessary equipment to restore power, heat, and water in the buildings they manage. As a result, thousands of residents in the Lower East Side are in uninhabitable buildings, two days before a snowstorm is forecasted. We have therefore started a campaign to put pressure on landlords and management companies to take care of their tenants. We need the help of housing lawyers and media to get the word out and put pressure on these entities. Please contact us if you can help.