We are back with more coverage of the rally!
On August 5, 2009, 8 families — 29 people — residing at 128 Hester Street in Manhattan’s Chinatown, lost their homes due to the intentional neglect of the building’s owner, William Su. After purchasing the building in July 2007, William Su did little to correct any problems even though the building conditions jeopardized the lives of the 8 families living in the building. The owner reported his building’s violations to the Department of Buildings (DOB) in order to expedite demolition of the property. The DOB noted that the deterioration of 128 Hester was due in part to the construction of an 18-story Wyndham Hotel on an adjacent property at 91-93 Bowery also owned by William Su. The New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal ordered William Su to pay relocation fees for the tenants in 2010, but he has refused to comply. On 7/13/2012, we gathered together with community supporters to update the community about the progress of the case.
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Thank you all for supporting our Community & Press Update followed by a rally in front of the hotel yesterday! We were joined by Benjamin Dulchin from Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development, Mr. Poon from CAAAV: Chinatown Tenants Union, and Susan Stetzer from Community Board 3. This is only our first visit in front of the hotel until our demands are met! JUSTICE FOR 128 HESTER STREET! JUSTICE FOR CHINATOWN!
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