The tenants of 83-85 Bowery have launched a boycott of Dr. Jay’s clothing store chain. Their next protest will be on Black Friday: November 24th, outside the chain's Westchester Avenue store in the Bronx.
Dr. Jay’s owner, Joseph Betesh, is a property speculator that uses different tricks to make his apartments unlivable, and thereby displaces the working people who live in the two Bowery buildings. He has refused to comply with court ordered repairs, and refuses to recognize the buildings as rent-stabilized.
Tenants demand that Betesh repair the Bowery buildings and acknowledge that the buildings are rent-stabilized!
See the Village Voice coverage of the Bowery tenants' story: https://www.villagevoice.com/2017/07/25/chinatown-tenants-landlords-mass-eviction-attempt-based-on-lies/
Video about the campaign: https://vimeo.com/229398210