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Pregnant and Homeless in Brooklyn

Rusty - August 13, 2007

No, not us, Silly. Our dear friends, the Beans.

A couple years ago they bought an apartment, weren’t able to get in for almost a year (the tenant wouldn’t leave), all the while being pregnant. They lived with almost every one of their friends at one point or another (including us a few different times) while Alysha changed stores (she managed a Banana Republic in Manhattan) and Tom did design school and his internship (late nights working on his portfolio). The tenant knew they were homeless and pregnant yet made no attempt to leave and when he finally did it was an absolute pig sty (she included pics).

All of us in New York have our “only in New York” stories but theirs tops them all. If you’re interested in reading her brief accounts of the experience you can do so at the following links. Trust me, it’s a great read:

Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV

NOTE: she isn’t done writing out the whole experience but is updating it almost every day.


  1. Holy cow. What a nightmare! I was riveted to her story.

    Comment by Susan M — August 13, 2007 @ 11:25 am

  2. Thanks for the post. Stories like this remind me of why I have to believe in God. That justice will be served! Would it be fair to say that the large profit they will make on their place will soften the memory of this ordeal? Or would Alysha slap me for even bringing it up?

    Comment by cj douglass — August 13, 2007 @ 11:32 am

  3. cj douglass, just keep your online handle and by the time she figures out who you are (if it’s as long as it took me) then they’ll be long gone living in Utah, far out of slapping reach.

    Comment by Rusty — August 13, 2007 @ 11:35 am

  4. CJ & Rusty,

    already know who you are. Rusty you gave it away quite some time ago to me. And no I won’t slap you, unless we don’t sell it.

    Comment by alysha — August 13, 2007 @ 11:53 am

  5. Rusty = Rat

    Comment by cj douglass — August 13, 2007 @ 1:43 pm

  6. Although, as heartless as this sounds, when the seller says, “Well, the tenant’s your problem, then,” that’s probably a good time to check with an attorney or a bank or a friend who understands the local landlord-tenant laws to see what your problem is.

    It is nightmarish, but that’s the way (for various reasons) New York law is (roughly, those reasons seem to be intended to prevent landlords from flushing out unwanted tenants by turning off heat, water, electricity, etc.). I have friends who bought a brownstone, but, in order to get certain tenants out, had to buy comparable apartments for the tenants, help them move, and charge roughly the same rent they were paying in the brownstone.

    The lesson? Some places have laws that aren’t in other places, and it’s probably a good idea, where possible, to figure out the consequences of actions. (A few months ago, the Daily Universe had an article mocking the concept of buying and selling air rights. Basically, the student journalist couldn’t imagine why anybody would think that air rights could be bought and sold. The Salt Lake attorneys the Church hired to buy the property across the street from Lincoln Center seemed to feel the same way, and totally screwed up the purchase.)

    But, in any event, congrats to your friends on buying! I don’t think we ever will be able to.

    Comment by Sam B. — August 14, 2007 @ 9:27 am

  7. Yes, Sam, you are right, we should have done all of the legwork possible to find out what tenant rights were. But being totally new to buying, and naive to what people are capable of, we didn’t.
    In retrospect, I am not sure we would have bought if we knew what we were in for. Even if we make a killing on the sale, I can’t say it was worth it.
    So, thank you for your thoughts. My intent for writing all of it was primarily for my own documentation, and secondly for others to be more careful when they buy.

    Comment by alysha — August 14, 2007 @ 2:34 pm

  8. I could have suggested a friendly lawyer you could have asked about that, Alysha, but you never asked.

    Comment by Mark B. — August 14, 2007 @ 3:42 pm

  9. Alysha,
    I recognize that, and am not critical of you; there was theoretically no reason you should know. I just wanted to make explicit that, in spite of the fact that the U.S. is a single country, the rules can be different anywhere you are.

    (Speaking of NY quirks, although not as horrible as your experience, by any means, I just paid a fortune in a broker’s fee. Everybody I talk to thinks it’s absurd, and that I should have used Craigslist. I looked, but, in NY, that doesn’t work really well.)

    Comment by Sam B. — August 14, 2007 @ 7:11 pm

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