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Hunts Point “house of horrors’ landlord booted

Hunts Point “house of horrors’ landlord booted

By James Bachhuber and Joe Hirsch The government-sponsored agency that holds the mortgage on Hunts Point’s “house of horrors,” the four-building apartment complex at 621-627 Manida Street, has foreclosed on the property, leaving a court-appointed receiver and management company to deal with one of the city’s worst buildings.

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There’s no place like home, builders say

There’s no place like home, builders say

Habitat for Humanity employs all-female crews to build apartments on Fox Street By Kevin Lee kklee@hunter.cuny.edu Carol Long and her daughter Shauna spent the Saturday before Mother’s Day helping to build the seven-story condominium apartment building rising at Fox Street and Leggett Avenue in Longwood. As the elder Long held […]

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Habitat at a glance

The problem: One in four renters pays more than 50 percent of household income in rent and utilities, according to Habitat-NYC. Habitat’s solution: Families become first-time homeowners with Habitat’s help. In return, homeowners work side by side with volunteers and pay low mortgages that go to fund future Habitat projects. […]

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Tangled web of investors own Manida apartments

City records say a company called OCG VIII owns the apartment complex at 621-623 and 625-627 Manida Street.
Between 2006 and 2007, the investment firm Ocelot Capital Group created eight subsidiaries, OCG I through OCG VIII. These subsidiaries then purchased 25 distressed and rent-regulated properties around the Bronx. If Ocelot had […]

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Hunts Point’s house of horrors

Hunts Point’s house of horrors

Tenant leader Alberto Rodriguez shows a vacant apartment, trashed by intruders who ripped the door off. By James Bachhuber jamesbachhuber@gmail.com A limp paw protruded from a partially closed hide-a-bed in an abandoned first floor apartment at 627 Manida Street. Alberto Rodriguez flipped the mattress over and the stink hit like […]

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Longwood tenants say they’re in the cold

Longwood tenants say they’re in the cold

Residents charge huge developer ignores their complaints By Joe Hirsch news@huntspointexpress.com Photo by Joe Hirsch Seven-year old Jada Anderson hopes the ceiling crack over her bed won’t get any bigger. A consortium that owns and manages housing complexes across the city has been badly neglecting at least two of their […]

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Buildings’ troubles threaten tenants

By Meredith Deliso meredithdeliso@yahoo.com For more than a year and a half, blue scaffolding has thrown a shadow over the entrance to the six-story apartment buildings at 739 and 741 Coster Street. In the gloom, drug dealers and prostitutes have found welcome concealment. Inside the buildings, evidence of their trade […]