Harlem Residents Say State Failing to Prevent Soaring Rents
Hundreds of Harlem residents protested in New York City on Wednesday over what they call the state’s failure to protect them from soaring rents and neglect. A court monitor was created to oversee Castellan Real Estate Partners, the hedge fund-backed owner of more than 50 rent-stabilized apartments. But advocates say Castellan continues to squeeze tenants with higher rents and to ignore poor conditions at its buildings. María Aguirre of the Movement for Justice in El Barrio said she faces constant harassment.