Friday, December 3, 2010

Flatbush Gardens -- Like Home, Depending On the Home . . .

According to Flatbush Gardens, the 59-building Brooklyn complex in East Flatbush "is home to an eclectic, friendly community of families, young professionals, and seniors alike. It's a place where neighbors know each other and the management and maintenance staffs are always ready to help. Flatbush Gardens is what home feels like. "

So how is it possible that, according to the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the massive complex has 8,100 current, open violations and counting? An HPD spokesman told the Real Deal, "this is bad -- and we're probably not getting the full extent of it."

A look at one of the building's records on HPD's web site confirms hundreds of violations ranging from roaches to defective carbon monoxide devices to mold to defective wood floors and broken door knobs. 

Seems like that friendly maintenance staff is locked in a contract dispute with landlord Renaissance Equity Holdings. They've put together a video (see the Real Deal) that raises a number of questions about what exactly is going on in the basement out there . . .  

Top photo courtesy Flatbush Gardens
Second photo from union video

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