Housing activists fight to keep elevator working for sick Manhattan man

A Chinatown landlord’s construction plans could trap a terminally ill man in his apartment for five months a new lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court alleges.
News Story (New York)

Victoria Bekiempis
New York Daily News
January 8, 2016

Tags: Disability Rights, Housing: Landlord-Tenant

Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Services NYC (LSNYC)


Ng’s landlord recently told residents of 173 Henry St. that the building’s only elevator would be replaced this week — and that the lift wouldn’t run for five months.

Ng “cannot reasonably climb the seven flights of stairs to his apartment because he suffers from end-stage renal disease,” his lawyers, from Legal Services NYC’s Manhattan program and Asian Americans for Equality, said in a statement.

Many tenants in the building’s 43 rent-stabilized apartments find themselves in similar positions, they say.