Stinky birds pain to Greenpoint developer

May 24, 2011 05:53PM

Developers probably figured that selling 11 units in a two-story luxury condominium in Brooklyn’s coveted Greenpoint neighborhood would be an easy task. But according to the Brooklyn Paper, the stench of a neighboring poultry slaughterhouse — New Lee’s Live Poultry Market at 122 Greenpoint Avenue — is turning that dream scenario into a nightmare. Residents of the Canvas Lofts at 118 Greenpoint Avenue complain that every morning at 5 a.m., factory workers noisily unload metal crates with ducks, chickens and turkeys whose clucking drives them crazy. To make matters worse, the slaughterhouse oozes of the stench from thousands of dead birds. Leonard Rutkowitz, who developed the condo, said the slaughterhouse’s owner had told him years ago that he was going to move the factory to Johnson Street. But recently, Chen reportedly told him that city regulations are making the move difficult. As a result, two-bedroom apartments that once asked as much as $699,000, are now being rented for as little as $2,400 a month. [Brooklyn Paper]