E. Flatbush rental building is stratified, residents say
In one building, some units boast high-end finishes, others in disrepair
Residents of an East Flatbush, Brooklyn apartment building say their landlord left them without water in their bathrooms for three months, while younger, more affluent residents live in fully renovated units in the same building, the New York Daily News reported.
The older residents at 201 Linden Boulevard say they are treated differently than their younger cohorts because landlord Israel Weinberger wants them out. Younger, wealthier residents are apparently willing to pay as much as three times their more established counterparts’ rent, and live in apartments with stainless steel appliances and “faux granite” countertops, according to the News.
Chris Tull, 70, and his wife Annette, 64, only visit their decrepit apartment to feed their cat, they told the News. Because of the unit’s condition, they are staying with friends.
“Three months to fix this? This is ridiculous,” asked Annette Tull, who has lived at 201 Linden since the 1980’s, referring to broken plumbing in her apartment. “I am homeless.” [NYDN] — Guelda Voien