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Tenant at former Lucky Cheng’s space sues landlord

Pride and Joy BBQ alleges that owner has neglected the space and lied about it

February 14, 2014 06:20PM

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Drag bar closed two years ago

Drag bar closed two years ago

When drag queen cabaret Lucky Cheng’s closed in 2012, the East Village lost another classic artifact. Now, a barbecue restaurant is trying to open in the space. However, the 79 Department of Buildings violations that Cheng’s left behind, including massive termite damage, have led the new occupant to sue the landlord of the space, at 24 First Avenue.

Pride and Joy BBQ, which is slated to move in shortly, is suing Hayne Suthon, who owns the building, in New York state Supreme Court alleging that the building has structural issues and a massive termite infestation, according to a report from DNAinfo. The suit also reportedly alleges that Suthon lied about the state of the property and tried to evict the tenant when they requested repairs.

Pride and Joy did not comment to the website, but Suthon denied the allegations.

“Anybody who knows me knows I am not sneaky, I am always trying to be honest,” Suthon told DNAinfo, adding that she is still “hoping that we can come to some resolution” with the tenants. [DNAinfo] – Guelda Voien

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    POLICE ACTIVITY BULLETIN
    FEB 14 2014
    TEAM OF ARMED JUDICIAL POLICE SENT TO CONNECTICUT HOME OF CONTINENTAL ILLINOIS CHAIRMAN MATT LECHNER BY NYC D.A. CYRUS VANCE JR. THREATENING TO ARREST LECHNER FOR CALLING TEAM OF CBRE BROKERS “WHORES” FOR OBSTRUCTING DEAL TO REBUILD WINDOWS ON THE WORLD RESTAURANT IN LOWER MANHATTAN. LECHNER COUNTERS CITING RIGHT TO FREE SPEECH, CBRE BROKERS’ CONDUCT CONSISTENT WITH DICTIONARY DEFINITION IN MERRIAM-WEBSTER DICTIONARY “A VENAL OR UNSCRUPULOUS PERSON”. LECHNER DEMANDS INFORMATION TO FILE COMPLAINT OF POLICE HARASSMENT. VANCE POLICE MUM.

  • Is the lease already signed?

    Did they bring in termites to get out of the lease or ruin the building to force the landlord to sell?

    I don’t think it matters if the landlord is a nice person, that is just an invitation for a corrupt and aggressive tenant to sue. You have to be prepared to back it up with photographs and videotapes of the condition of the premises at the time that the lease was signed. Otherwise, they WILL sabotage you as residential and commercrial tenants will do because they are only renters – that building is your baby and of course, in their custody, they will hurt it if they are not nice people.

  • Is the lease already signed?

    Maybe they have cold feet and have a lawyer in the family who can make their bringing a lawsuit affordable and instead of leaving quietly and decently after wasting the owner’s time and money, they want to expend their ample energy on suing her and making claims against her character?

    How are they suing for 22 million when that building couldn’t even sell at that price?
    Are they trying to get that elderly looking landlord to hand over the keys to her building so they will stop “being mean” to her and claiming that she is not a nice person? Wow, these Gen-Xers and subsequent are really different from earlier generations when it comes to doing business. They’re so dramatic and willing to lay it all out there in the public records and in the press. They don’t mind that other landlords who google potential renters and guarantors will find their names attached to this lawsuit forever.

    It’s about character but it is not about reputation as the landlord here asserts. I think she needs to think harder about what a society of hyenas’ opinions are worth even if they are young and hip and have the press on their side. She shouldn’t be talking about what a nice person she is because look around, the world is a vicious place. She needs photographs and she needs to analyze the termite damage and make sure it wasn’t sabotage.

    FIGHT based on the facts. Check the termites, date their damage, assess the structure and whether they should have been able to open up for business for now and this is just stalling.

    Instead of taking advantage of the landlord’s receptiveness and openness to discuss alternatives, they chose to sue. She needs to understand that she should stop overaccommodating them because she should know whether she would treat a landlord this way if she were in their shoes and assess the quality of her opponents from there.

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