Viviane Eng

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NYC Chinatown Residents Organize Against Eviction and Neglectful Landlord

It’s been a long time coming, but the war against development is still alive and well in New York City’s Chinatown, especially within the twin apartment buildings at 83 and 85 Bowery.

Purchased by Joseph Betesh in 2013, the buildings are just two parcels in the landlord’s larger real estate claim, which amounted to $62 million at the time. Since then, Betesh, who is known by residents as a “slumlord,” has refused his tenants important home repairs and served eviction notices, claiming that no repairs could be made while tenants were still occupying the building.