He claims that residents of a tony Brooklyn apartment complex may have nice amenities, but rely on hot plates to cook.
This posh development may boast a fitness center and skyline views, but renters complain they are without certain necessities, even winter plowing.
Some 87 residents of Greenpoint’s 210-unit 1133 Manhattan Avenue have begun withholding rent, claiming it has been leaking gas for years, resulting in many residents lacking heating or cooking gas, Gothamist reported, The situation contrasts sharply with the building’s enviable communal offerings, including a “beautiful courtyard, sweeping views of the city, dedicated work and lounge areas,” and a fitness center filled with CrossFit equipment, according to the status. building website,
Address residents allege that management has loaned out hot plates as a temporary solution, but requires them to return them between meals. And although the heat has been turned back on in the building as of last month – the cooking gas reportedly remains off – recurring gas leaks have scared some tenants away from using it, as well as concerns for their health. Fear.
“I don’t know if I’ll ever use these units again, because I don’t feel safe,” seven-year building resident Marisa Manzanares told Gothamist about her apartment’s heat. “I had a space heater and a humidifier in one outlet, and it blew fuses in my apartment that took out the power.”
Manzanares said her son’s lungs are “terrible” as well—a result, she believes, of living amid the gas leak for so long.
Apartments in the building — which was completed in 2014 — range in monthly rent from $494 for an income-restricted, lottery-assigned studio to an average of $4,450 for a market-rate two-bedroom.
To add insult to injury, domain companies, the developer and manager of the building, receive huge tax exemptions on the property, thanks to participating in the newly abolished 421-a rebate program, meant to save taxes for real estate companies. By making a controversial method a certain number of units “cheaper.”
“The well-being of our Eleven33 residents is our top priority,” Domain Companies executive Mohini Merchant said in a statement, telling Gothamist. “We have communicated with [the tenants] directly on a regular basis.
According to the publication, the company told residents they were holding off on making concessions “until they know the totality of the problem.”
The domain companies did not immediately return the Post’s request for comment.