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Tenants booted from illegal East Williamsburg artist lofts

Department of Buildings says studios are "imminently perilous to life"
July 22, 2014 12:45PM

The dream of occupying the post-industrial McKibbin Lofts just ended for some East Williamsburg residents after the Department of Buildings deemed basement quarters at the notorious building “imminently perilous to life.”

The agency has issued a partial vacate order for cellar space at 255 McKibbin, citing a variety of violations in illegally converted artist studios. The infractions include unapproved installation of gas lines and bathrooms and inadequate exits, according to city records filed last week.

Residents of 248 McKibbin were also evicted earlier this year, Gothamist reported. An anonymous former tenant told the news site the lease holder had used the building to host live music shows, during which cigarettes butts were casually flicked about.  [Gothamist]Tom DiChristopher