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Crown Heights residents rally against displacement

BCB evicted tenants to deregulate units, group claims
March 06, 2014 08:07AM

The Crown Heights Tenant Union, a group of tenants from about 12 buildings in the neighborhood, recently protested outside of 1059 Union Street in a rally against landlords who evict longtime tenants to deregulate the units.

Midtown-based landlord BCB Property Management owns three properties in which members in the union live. BCB’s website said it invests in “emerging marketplaces and prides itself on a proactive and ethical approach to management.”

Tenants of 1059 Union Street said BCB offered them buyouts to leave. They also allege that the landlord illegally converted apartments to a two-bedroom from a one-bedroom. BCB did not comment to the Brooklyn Bureau.

The union, which was formed in October to combat landlord abuses, also protested the apartment policies of ZT Realty’s 1045 Union Street. [Brooklyn Bureau]Mark Maurer