Landlord Promises Long-Overdue Repairs, Just Prior to Tenant-Led Protest

Elected officials including NYC Councilmember Erik Bottcher, NYS Senator Brad Hoylman, and NYS Assemblymember Richard Gottfried stand with tenants in front of 225 W. 23rd St. | Photo by Winnie McCroy

A hardscrabble band of Chelsea tenants snatched victory from the jaws of defeat when, 30 minutes before a planned protest, their landlord agreed to the repairs they’ve requested for nearly two years. About 20 people gathered on the morning of Thursday, April 21 at 225 W. 23rd St./220 W. 24th St. (btw. Seventh & Eighth Aves.), to get Akelius Management to remediate the ventilation problems tenants say affects their health and safety.

“Today did turn out to be a bit of a victory celebration, because this morning the landlord finally agreed to do what we’ve been calling on them to do for about two years,” said District 3 City Councilmember Erik Bottcher.

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