NYC, lawyer group helped tenants’ triumphant return to gleaming renovated Brooklyn building once infested with rats

New York Daily News, Ellen Moynihan, April 07, 2023

Three families in Brooklyn made a life-changing move on Friday — back into their old apartment building, newly renovated and free of rats.

As movers bustled up and down the stairs heaving boxes and furniture, Ruth Acevedo stood in her sun-filled Bushwick kitchen, empty aside from several plants sitting on the stovetop ready to be placed around the apartment.

“We’re going to do everything new,” said Acevedo, 40. “We love the place.”

The tenants of 309 Menahan St. had lived in rat-filled, squalid conditions, some for up to 20 years. A complete renovation began this winter after the settlement of a pair of lawsuits brought by the tenants and the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

A story in the Daily News a year ago led the city to act, said lawyer Emily Farrell of Mobilization for Justice, who represented the tenants in housing court.

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