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Adam Leitman Bailey Saves Carnegie Hall Tenants from Eviction; Obtains Massive Monetary Settlement and Free Apartment for Tenants

Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. prevailed in representing some of the tenants in suing Carnegie Hall and the city of New York in order to halt a plan to evict them from the premises above Carnegie Hall.

Carnegie Hall wanted to provide space for renovations to expand the hall’s music education programs. According to the lawsuit, Carnegie Hall wanted to evict these tenants for “massive renovations” to convert the space “for its own use.”

However, for more than a century, these artists, such as writers, musicians, and performers have occupied these spaces, some of which were rent-controlled, for residential and non-residential purposes, such as for studios and rehearsal considerations.  Some of the more famous residents over the years have included Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, and Lucille Ball.

According to Adam Leitman Bailey, “These tenants can’t just be evicted from this space, as it is a thriving and vibrant community for artists.”

Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. battled the developer at Carnegie Hall, fighting the development at the Landmark Preservation Commission and New York State Homes and Community Renewal. The firm argued at the Department of Housing and Community Renewal that the tenants living in rent-controlled apartments could not be evicted with the exception of cases where the building in questions was to be demolished.

The firm also challenged the veracity of the developer’s plans to redevelop the famous institution claiming that detailed building plans had not been submitted. Further, Carnegie Hall had not provided proof of having the funds to do such demolition. In addition, Adam Leitman Bailey demonstrated that adding a restaurant inside the institution would not be feasible given the space available.

After battling Carnegie Hall for years, Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C. reached a final settlement where its clients would never have to worry again. They received free rent and a free apartment for life in a brand-new luxury building.

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