Between 100 and 220 people living in an old warehouse in Ridgewood converted to hipster lofts got the boot yesterday when the city shut the building down and evicted everyone because of conditions "imminently perilous to life." The lofts are on the second and third floor of a building on Troutman Street in Ridgewood. Word among the residents was that the evictions were because of (a). the illegal conversion, (b). the busted fire sprinklers or (c). the collapsing roof. All of which are little glitches in lofts that go from $1,200 to $3,500 a month and have 25-foot ceilings, wall-to-wall windows and views of the city. Someone apparently tried to "sabotage the evictions" by slipping notes under the doors telling everyone to get out or hide before the inspectors showed up. Seriously.
· More than 100 residents evicted from Ridgewood building [NYDN]
· City Evicts Residents of Illegal Lofts in Queens [NYT]