Monday, April 20, 2015

Kirby Sommers' Statement to Press re: 2020 Broadway, Arthur Cornfeld and Tsu Yue Wang

Kirby Sommers' Statement to Press re: 2020 Broadway, Arthur Cornfeld and Tsu Yue Wang

Monday, April 20, 2015


First, we were victorious in our change.org petition where we sought 100 Signatures for 100 Apartments. You can read our Victory speech here:


We also have chastised the Landmarks Preservation Commission for allowing Arthur Cornfeld to bring a fifth food-related business to our already rat infested buildings full of fire hazards and fire traps.(The fifth restaurant is Andanada, a Michelin star restaurant, that regrettably must be as rat infested as Noi Due, West Side Restaurant, and Barcibo Enoteca.)

It seems our landlord, Arthur Cornfeld aka ABC Properties and the notorious Tsu Yue Wang have signed a lease. 

Wang will be opening the new food related (it has not been confirmed that it will be a restaurant, although "food related" is the phrase tossed about) to 2020 Broadway. 

It will not be called Ollies -- or any of the other restaurants such as Saigon Grill -- that Wang owns. Wang seems to want to hide who he is with this new venture. It may be Maples.com -- which I fleshed out doing some research.

One of our tenants summed it up beautifully:

“Upper West Side slumlord meets Flushing’s Sweatshop Kingpin who I’ve heard belongs to the Chinese mob and is known for making one phone call before a fire destroys his businesses. This man is not a businessman, he is a thug. Before we know it, our buildings will go up in flames. Seems like Arthur Cornfeld really does want to kill his tenants.”

He obviously wants to remain anonymous.

We are going to continue to fight for the right to live without the fear of dying. Another tenant can't get the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire out of her mind.

Everyone is terrified.

Sincerely,

Kirby Sommers, President
Cornfeld Tenants Association
143 West 69 Street 
New York, NY 10023

Tel: (212) 787-8726

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