In the annals of Brooklyn lofts, the building at 475 Kent Avenue and its intrepid artist-tenants stands out. It is a warhorse industrial building along the waterfront with spectacular views that through hard work and determination has become a vibrant community of artists, as recognized in this wonderful article in the New York Times.
Several years ago, the tenants were summarily vacated from their homes by the City because of an illegal matzo bakery in the basement. With David’s assistance, the tenants worked with the landlord to install a fire safety system and were restored to possession.
More recently, and also with David’s assistance, the tenants gained protection under the Loft Law. The landlord is now obligated to legalize the building for residential use and the tenants are shielded from arbitrary evictions and confiscatory rent increases.