Friday, September 28, 2012
DOB vacates basement full of Jews
Dozens of Hasidic Jews visiting from Israel were forced to vacate what officials say is an illegal transient hotel in the basement of a Brooklyn apartment building Thursday.
The visitors say they were here for the Jewish high holidays when they got word to leave Thursday afternoon.
They were allowed back in for a short time to get some belongings.
They say they're not sure where to go but are confident the Hasidic community will take care of them.
A building worker said it goes on every year but the Department of Buildings said it was unsafe because there is only one way out of the basement.
They issued two violations to the building's owner, who NY1 was unable to reach for comment.