"The owner (and absentee landlord) of this house in Jackson Heights, Queens has once again rented out his ILLEGAL basement / garage apartment located at the rear of the house. It can be accessed via the driveway off 32nd Ave, between 77th and 76th Streets.
The new tenants moved in last night, at 1:30am, and there are least 5 people living in that tiny space. Yes, I did say they moved in at 1:30am -- in the middle of the night. I guess they hoped no one would see them?
The illegal conversion apartment is located in the basement and the garage -- the owner quite cleverly left the garage door on, in front of the SOLID WALL he put up to create the apartment, so that the inspectors from the Dept of Buildings won't notice what he did.
This illegal apartment is overcrowded, a fire trap -- there is only one door to get out because they locked off the door that leads from the basement up to rest of the house (and there is a full kitchen in the basement apt), and it has to be vacated before it becomes a tragedy on the evening news. All the houses on 77th St are attached, so if one has a fire, they're all in jeopardy. I'm sure they are using space heaters to keep warm in that garage section -- I saw them moving them in.
Currently, there is also a very large -- at least 10 foot by 5 foot and 3 feet high -- pile of construction debris in the back yard. This is VERY DANGEROUS.
PLEASE HELP ?????
Note -- the tenants only speak Spanish and the landlord speaks Chinese. He actually lives in Chinatown, and rents out the house in Queens as 2 separate apartments -- the upstairs and the basement." - anonymous
Since DOB has gotten so many complaints about this house and visited so many times without being granted access, it is high time for them to obtain a court order to enter the home. Especially since there was a complaint not too long ago about an illegal day care center being run out of the garage. Since people dying due to illegal conversions seems not to be a concern for this administration, let me put this in terms that may get their attention: Photos of a bunch of dead children being pulled out of a garage due to an illegal conversion and failure of the Buildings Department to do its job would certainly affect the outcome of the mayoral race.