WARNING TO PROSPECTIVE TENANTS!!!
The owner of 85 Eastern Parkway, Mr. Mordechai Nagel, has engaged in a long-running attempt to subdivide rent-stabilized apartments in the building, expecting to then rent them out at market value. This may be considered illegal by the Tenants Association, as well as various city and state officials, and is being actively opposed. This opposition effort is currently at the city and state agency level, and may ultimately involve legislative and/or legal action.
If you are considering renting apartments labeled "1D", "2C", or "6C" (or any permutation such as 1D-a or 2C-b), be aware that you may be forced to vacate at some point.
This website is by and about the residents of 85 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, NY and is maintained by the tenants association. The first and foremost duty of the 85 EPTA is to protect the welfare of the residents of the building.
The association is a member of:
- the Crown Heights Tenant Union
- CuRBA (Cultural Row Block Association on Eastern Parkway - Brooklyn)
DOB UPHOLDS TENANTS!
In a long-awaited decision, the Department of Buildings (DOB) has effectively ruled against the owner and his plans, issuing a Stop Work Order on the entire building. The Stop Work Order means no work can go forward until all objections raised have been met (this means work that falls under city supervision, not the Super fixing your leaks). In addition, an Order to Vacate has been placed on 1D (mirroring the same notice on 2C), and all remaining work on the building is under Notice to Revoke.
All of this means that, effectively, the owner’s attempt to subdivide apartments is dead.
There are, however, far deeper and far more important principles involved here, issues that go to the core of the entire rent-stabilization structure. We stand ready to support the elected officials who represent us in finding more permanent rulings to prevent this sort of thing from happening again.
Again, to all who have so strongly supported and helped us during the past two years, a big, heart-felt thanks.
We remain vigilant.
So what is next for 85 EPTA: actively participating in the block association CuRBA, supporting other tenants associations in our neighborhood in their fight and much more.
About the Martha Washington & the neighborhood
The Martha Washington was built between 1918 and 1922 and is along Eastern Parkway, a Scenic Landmark.The parkway was designed by Frederick Olmsted, famous for two other of his projects: Central Park and Prospect Park.
The construction started in 1870 and was completed in 1874. Olmsted had envisioned the park and parkway as encouragement to prestigious residential buildings. The formal elegance of the parkway attracted such prestigious cultural institutions as the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Botanical Garden and the Brooklyn Public Library.