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East Villagers warn Starrett City about Westbrook

Tenants from rent-stabilized buildings and their supporters took to the streets at the end of last month in the most vocal show of force yet against so-called predatory lending in the East Village.

They charged that tenants of landlord Westbrook Partners have suffered a year of concerted harassment, and urged residents of Starrett City to reject the real estate investment firm’s bid for the affordable housing complex in Brooklyn.

At the press conference, held at 500 E. 11th St., Brandon Kielbasa, an organizer with the Cooper Square Committee, an affordable housing advocacy group, shot off a series of complaints against Westbrook Partners filed with the committee by dozens of tenants during the past year.