Thursday, August 19, 2010

Have Squatters Come To Nolita?

Squatting has a long and storied history in New York City that continues to persevere in pockets of the five boroughs. Present day Nolita not included. But is that changing? A sign recently affixed to a boarded up building at 246 Elizabeth Street by the New York City Department of Housing and Preservation and Development could be interpreted that way.

The sign, in Spanish and English, gravely warns anyone remaining upon the premises they "will be prosecuted." Punishment, its sternly noted, includes up to one year imprisonment. Sure proof will come when a crusty punk appears on the sidewalk with a sign and a dog.

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