475 Kent Street Evacuation

475 Kent Street Evacuation

Regina Yunghans
Feb 1, 2008

THE FIRE COMMISIONER ORDERS YOU FORTHWITH that all business and excuses being laid aside, you and each of you immediately vacate the above described premises, for the reason that the conditions in said premises are immediately perilous to life in the case of fire therein...

That's the notice posted to residents of 475 Kent Street Sunday night, asking them to vacate their homes on a night when the temperatures were only about 20F. It is said the building is an illegal conversion of a matzo ball factory and is not up to code for residential occupancy. But still, why evict the entire building on such a frigid night?

Many of the residents are artists. Anyone have experience living in converted spaces that aren't exactly "residential"? Via: Gowanus Lounge.

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