Hundreds of Queens residents were left homeless Thursday evening after the city deemed their building an illegal residence and evicted them.
Hundreds Of Queens Residents Evicted From Unsafe Building
The Department of Buildings issued a vacate order for the second and third floors of 17-17 Troutman Street in Ridgewood.
Inspectors determined the structure had been illegally converted from a manufacturing building, and that construction, plumbing and electrical work was done without permits. Officials say the building poses serious safety and fire hazards.
More than 100 residents evicted from Ridgewood building
The building's lofts, which have 25-foot ceilings, wall-to-wall windows and sweeping views of Manhattan, go for between $1,200 and $3,500 a month.
Tenants - mostly artists and young professionals - said someone tried to sabotage the evictions by slipping notes under the door urging that residents be out of the building or pretend to be out when the authorities arrived.
City Evicts Residents of Illegal Lofts in Queens
Buildings officials said there were 62 lofts, while the city’s Office of Emergency Management said there were 70. The discrepancy may have reflected how the space was subdivided, officials said.
Update: Forced to Vacate, Tenants Seek Housing, and Answers