128 Hester Street.

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.

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2012

8/8/2012 – 華苑酒店拒賠償 亞平會再抗議 (World Journal)

8/8/2012 – 纽约唐人街住户遭“强拆” 八户家庭流离失所 (US China Press)

8/7/2012 — Displaced Chinatown Residents Continued to Demand Compensation (NY1)

8/7/2012 – 喜士打街128号住户再次抗议 要求赔偿 (SinoVision Net)

8/7/2012 – 亚平会抗议苏焕光 (The China Press)

7/26/2012 – Protesters call for a boycott of Chinatown hotel on Bowery (The Villager)

7/25/2012 — A.A.F.E. to boycott Chinatown hotel in support of Hester Street tenants (Downtown Express)

7/14/2012 – 喜士打街樓宇談判破裂 亞平會示威抗議 (SingTao Daily)

7/14/2012 – 蘇煥光回應:亞平會指控均不屬實 (SingTao Daily)

7/14/2012 – 喜士打街128號房客 示威求償 (World Journal)

7/13/2012 – Chinatown Residents Claim They Lost Homes Due To Owner Neglect (NY1)

6/7/2012 – Wyndham Hotel Poised to Open; 128 Hester Tenants Still in Limbo (The Lo-Down)

6/6/2012 – Three years after their building was demolished, rent-regulated tenants fight for compensation (The Real Deal)

6/5/2012 – 亞平會助喜士打街128號樓住戶獲賠償 (SingTao Daily)

6/5/2012 – 華埠大樓拆除 亞平會促安置居民 (World Journal)

6/5/2012 – Ousted Hester Street Residents Demand Compensation (DNA Info)

 

2011

7/5/2011 — Hotel Plans Face Protests (The Wall Street Journal)

7/5/2011 – Chinatown Hotel Outrage (PIX11)

2/1/2011 – Housing Group Identifies Buildings Being “Intentionally Neglected” (The Lo-Down)

 

2010

6/15/2010 — State Awards Up to $1M to Chinatown Tenants Forced Out of Crumbling Building (DNA Info)

6/15/2010 – State Orders Owner of 128 Hester to Pay Tenants $1 Million (The Lo-Down)

6/13/2010 — 償9住戶89萬 蘇煥光將上訴喜士打街128號業主敗訴 (HKHeadline.com)

6/12/2010 — 苏焕光将上诉 喜士打街128号业主败诉 (SingTao Daily)

6/12/2010 — 喜士打街128號業主判賠住客89萬 (World Journal)

6/11/2010 — Residents of 128 Hester Win Legal Battle Against Landlord (The Lo-Down)

4/14-20/2010 — Fighting evictions by demolition, and saving homes (The Villager)

 

2009

10/1/2009 — 喜士打128號業主 住戶擔牌示威 (SinoVision Net)

9/16-22/2009 — Landlord broke building, should fix it, tenants say (The Villager)

9/4/2009 — 房東先修喜士打街128號危樓 (SingTao Daily)

9/4/2009 — 喜士打街128號 法庭令維修 (World Journal)

8/14-20/2009 — 60 tenants thrown out as Chinatown tenement is shut (Downtown Express)

8/19/2009 — 亚平会与喜士打街128号住户担牌示威 (SinoVision Net)

8/19/2009 — 喜士打街128号建筑调查报告出炉 (New Tang Dynasty Television)

8/15/2009 — 酒店有風險獲准動工 喜士打街128號掀示威潮 (SingTao Daily)

8/13/2009 — 喜士打街128号租户回取私物 (SingTao Daily)

8/12/2009 — 亞平會致函市房屋局長稱 包厘街91號工地違規 (SinoVision Net)

8/6/2009 – Evacuated Chinatown Residents Pack Up Belonging (NY1)

8/7/2009 — 建酒店致喜士打街128号变危楼 亚平会促包厘街91号停 (Sina Daily News)

8/1/2009 — 喜士打街128號 租客促重修 (World Journal)

7/30/2009 — 喜士打街128號 隨時倒塌 (World Journal)

7/30/2009 — 业主以安全理由通告 要求迁出 喜士打街128号租客徬徨 (Sina Daily News)