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Ben Shaoul Revokes Roof Rights at Pricey East Village Rentals

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Ben "The Sledgehammer" Shaoul might be in for an appendage to his rather apt nickname: Fun Hater. The notorious East Village landlord has put the kibosh on fun-having on the rooftop of his Cabrini Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation-turned-Frat House apartment complex Bloom 62 on East 5th Street and Avenue B. According to a 10-page memo (!!!) issued by the building's management company that was icked up by EV Grieve, Bloom 62's roof is closed, effective immediately, due to the "destruction of private property" which includes activities that "left the amenity space looted" with errant graffiti, tabletops full of empty beer bottles, and other traces of things that kids who pay an average of nearly $5,000 rent per month are into. The management company included pictures in the memo, and they do not disappoint (and also substantiate that some building residents were being total jerks.)

And text from the memo, via EVG:

As you are aware, we have made several attempts to enforce the roof rules for the safety of all residents and their guests. The roof is intended to be used and enjoyed by all residents in this building; however that is no longer the case. As a result of excessive parties, most of which have gone on well after permitted hours, the amenity space has been destroyed – and regrettably this has occurred too many occasions.

The most recent incident left the amenity space looted: alcoholic beverages, beer bottles, graffiti on the ledge, items thrown from our roof over to neighboring rooftops and broken furniture. This is simply unacceptable and will no longer be tolerated.

We regret to inform you that due to the events that have transpired on the roof, the Landlord is CLOSING the roof effective immediately. Access will be limited to emergency use. Anyone found on the roof in a non-emergency related capacity will be considered trespassing and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Once repairs have been made a revised roof schedule will be circulated.

However, at this time we are not providing residents with a new opening date. We understand this might be upsetting to those of you who have not participated in the destruction of private property — however it is our responsibility as a Landlord to ensure the use and enjoyment of every resident in this building, the safety of all its residents and our desire to respect our neighbors and the community in which we live.

We hope that this pause will encourage those residents and their guest(s) to reconsider their actions and remember that they are living in a community of fellow residents. We are optimistic that once the roof reopens, residents will treat this very special amenity with respect and help promote common courtesy by following the guidelines set forth by the Landlord.

· Ben Shaoul Curtails Rooftop Ragers at Bloom 62 [EVG]
· All Bloom 62 coverage [Curbed]