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Officials Name the 200 Worst Buildings in New York City

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Here's a Top 200 nobody wants to be on: The Department of Housing Preservation and Development's list of the most poorly maintained apartment buildings in all of New York City. These are the building's placed into the agency's Alternative Enforcement Program, basically the HPD's version of Santa's Naughty List. The aim is to increase pressure on the owners of these buildings to bring them up to code, and get them to pay back the city for emergency repairs. In all, these buildings?accounting for over 3,300 apartments?owe a combined $2.9 million and carry more than 37,500 open violations, according to HPD's press release. Want to know where they are?

In Brooklyn, mostly. As the Wall Street Journal points out, the borough possesses nearly half the list at 99 buildings. Next is the Bronx with 70, and Manhattan with 23. Said HPD Commissioner Rafael Cestero in a statement, "For the families who call these Terrible 200 buildings home, the conditions pose a real threat to health and safety – not only to the tenants, but to the neighborhood as a whole." Here's the list of bad influences.


· HPD and City Council Announce Launch of Alternative Enforcement Program to Repair Troubled Residential Buildings [nyc.gov]
· City Lists Worst Places to Call Home [WSJ]