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Brooklyn’s Worst Buildings and Landlords in 2017

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245 Sullivan Place, in Crown Heights, is the worst building in Brooklyn, with almost 500 open, serious HPD violations (Screenshot via Google Maps)

Today, Public Advocate Letitia James released the annual list of 100 Worst Landlords in NYC, including the 10 worst buildings in Brooklyn.

“No New Yorker should be subjected to live in a hazardous home, yet bad landlords in our city are forcing too many tenants to live in dangerous and indecent conditions,” said James. “The Worst Landlords Watchlist is a powerful tool to put these unscrupulous landlords on notice and gives tenants the tools to hold them accountable.”

Often, poor upkeep of apartments and dangerous living conditions are tools used by predatory landlords to drive out their tenants—especially those with low incomes—which allows the renters to drive up the rental costs of the units.

The list is meant to keep landlords accountable to their tenants and is determined by a variety of criteria, but ultimately comes down to open Housing Preservation and Development violations in the units owned by the landlord. Data was collected from October 2016 to October 2017.

The 10 Worst Buildings in Brooklyn

Address Neighborhood HPD Violations Head Officer
1 245 Sullivan Place, Brooklyn, NY 11225 Crown Heights 499 Uzy Stein
2 827 Halsey Street, Brooklyn, NY 11233 Bed-Stuy 317 Brian Hodge
3 454 Bradford Street, Brooklyn, NY 11207 East New York 303
Surujwattie Jaigobin
4 2249 East 21st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11229 Sheepshead Bay 297 Ira Epstein
5 593 Euclid Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11208 East New York 289 Alex Arasanyin
6 261 Lenox Road, Brooklyn, NY East Flatbush 286 Eric Silverstein
7 111 Douglass Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231 Carroll Gardens 278 Max Azoulay
8 1691 Carroll Street, Brooklyn, NY 11213 Crown Heights 260 Sallie Vinson
9 1018 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11213 Crown Heights 257 Rubin Dukler
10 1719 Pitkin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11212 Brownsville 254 Y Schwartz

The criteria for the list were a landlord must own a building with a certain number of open violations per unit: in buildings with fewer than 35 units, an average of three or more open, serious violations per unit; in buildings with 35-plus units, an average of two or more open, serious violations per unit.

The master list of worst landlords featured a number of Brooklyn-based offenders in the Top 10: 4 men who own 40 buildings, with more than 2500 violations between them. You can see a list below, with a number next to each landlord’s name—their ranking in the 100 worst from NYC.

#1 Jonathan Cohen      
Address Neighborhood HPD Violations DOB Violations
5422 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11220 Sunset Park 78 0
314 57th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11220 Sunset Park 70 3
372 Baltic Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 Carroll Gardens 76 0
166 Bleecker Street, Brooklyn, NY 11221 Bushwick 41 12
590 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11206 Bushwick 55 0
165 Howard Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11233 Bed-Stuy 39 0
208 Hoyt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217 Carroll Gardens 9 0
203 Hull Street, Brooklyn, NY 11233 Bed-Stuy 143 0
318 Humboldt Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 Williamsburg 102 0
196 Kingsland Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222 Greenpoint 19 0
50 MacDonough Street, Brooklyn, NY 11216 Bed-Stuy 54 0
20 Menahan Street, Brooklyn 11221 Bushwick 51 0
321 Meahan Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237 Bushwick 23 0
251 Nassau Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222 Greenpoint 38 0
234 Schenectady Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11213 Crown Heights 44 0
167 Waverly Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205 Clinton Hill 48 0
128 Sumpter Street, Brooklyn, NY 11233 Bed-Stuy 22 0
#5 Eric Silverstein
Address Neighborhood HPD Violations DOB Violations
2005 Albemarle Road, Brooklyn, NY 11226 Ditmas Park 232 12
261 Lenox Road, Brooklyn, NY 11226 East Flatbush 286 9
250 Parkville Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11230 Kensington 221 11
#7 Joel Goldstein
Address Neighborhood HPD Violations DOB Violations
293 Hooper Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 Williamsburg 111 0
386 South 5th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211 Williamsburg 125 0
#8 Meir Fried
Address Neighborhood HPD Violations DOB Violations
516 Bainbridge Street, Brooklyn, NY 11233 Bed-Stuy 38 0
446 Berriman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11208 East New York 63 0
121 Boerum Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206 Williamsburg 54 0
1449 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11207 Bushwick 44 0
505 East 22nd Street, Brooklyn, NY 11226 Ditmas Park 65 0
791 Hart Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237 Bushwick 55 0
382 Montgomery Street, Brooklyn, NY 11225 Crown Heights 22 0
1062 Rogers Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226 Ditmas Park 30 0
784 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY 11216 Crown Heights 24 0
1631 St. Marks Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11233 Brownsville 40 0
66 Steuben Street, Brooklyn, NY 11205 Clinton Hill 23 0
191 Sumpter Street, Brooklyn, NY 11233 Bed-Stuy 41 0
129 Tapscott Street, Brooklyn, NY 11212 Brownsville 34 0
55 Ten Eyck Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206 Williamsburg 56 0
2850 West 36th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11224 Seagate 18 0
1164 Willmohr Street, Brooklyn 11212 Brownsville 26 0
170 Woodruff Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226 Ditmas Park 57 0

Since last year, there has been movement on the list. Six of the ten worst no longer appear on the list, while others have moved lower based on improvements made to their buildings.

The list was started in 2010 by Bill de Blasio, when he was public advocate, and is “an information-sharing tool intended to allow residents, advocates, public officials, and other concerned individuals to identify which buildings and property owners are in constant violation of the law and hold those landlords accountable.”

Do you have a problem with upkeep in your building or tenant harassment? Reach out to let us know here at Bklyner!

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  1. I feel you should do a similar list for worst neighbors. You know the ones that run illegal Airbnb businesses out of their apartments.

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