Allen AME tops list of borough’s worst landlords

Tenants who live in buildings maintained by Allen Affordable protest unjust living conditions.
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The Greater Allen AME Cathedral’s affordable housing unit leads the borough in the city public advocate’s worst landlord list, and the Jamaica tenants who contend they are suffering in ramshackle conditions say they want action.

Bill de Blasio introduced last week new additions to his online database that tracks the violations against residential building owners, and as a result more than 60 landlords have been added to the list since its inception in 2010, including many from western Queens.

“There is more work to be done, so we’re building on this progress by launching new features today that will increase pressure on landlords who refuse to address violations, supply even more helpful information to apartment hunters and continue to provide residents an outlet to report landlords who fail to follow the law,” the public advocate said in a statement.

The database includes trend indicators that track whether a landlord is making the repairs to fix the violations that put them on the list in the first place, such as peeling paint, cracks in the walls or lack of heat in the building. It also features an additional list that shows which landlords qualify for removal.

In order to be put on the list, a building must have two hazardous housing code violations per unit.

Last year there were five buildings listed on the database, including two owned by the Allen Affordable Housing Development Fund Corp, which is part of Allen AME’s network.

The landlords for Allen Affordable buildings, at 107-04 150th St. and 89-06 138th St., are not only still on the list but are also the top two building managers in the borough with the most violations, with a combined total of 344 infractions, according to the database.

This year there are 14 buildings on the list, with many of the new additions in western Queens.

Fredrick Jones, a tenant at the 150th Street building, said he and his neighbors have been living in horrible conditions for years and, despite calls to Allen AME and elected officials, nothing has been done.

“I still have no hot water, there are still no superintendent service and the hallways don’t have lights,” he said.

Allen AME and the landlords listed for the two apartment buildings, Syndey Moshette and Harold Flake, could not be reached for comment by press time Tuesday. Jones said he and his neighbors are planning legal action against the landlords and said he has been in constant contact with the public advocate’s office about his building’s problems.

Six out of the eight Queens buildings that have been added to the list are in Glendale and Ridgewood. The addresses included 18-21 Cornelia St., 555 Fairview Ave., 195-25 Woodhull Ave., 17-25 Harman St., 18-85 Woodbine St. and 54-33 Metropolitan Ave.

One of the new additions also included a three-unit building, at 211-34 45th Road in Auburndale, and another building at 106-19 177th St. was also on the list.

Log on to to look at the full list and also make complaints.

Reach reporter Ivan Pereira by e-mail at or by phone at 718-260-4546.

Posted 12:00 am, January 5, 2012
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joyce thomas from queens says:
i am one of the tenants in another building owned by allen affordable. address 163-19 109 ave. i have just recently moved back into my home in july 2011. i have been in court fighting allen affordable for 2 years,,to correct the conditions of my building.i stayed in a shelter in brooklyn for 2 yrs and 6 months awaiting for them to comply. now i have learned they have a lien on the building for the negligents and/or intentional acts, and failure to maintain building. the lien is for 50,221.89, for my family shelter expenses. which i know they are not going to pAY. how can the government allow this type of behavior when these houses are in the neighbor homes program. hpd never came to inspect the building nor did allen. not one government official step in to help rectify the problem we were facing and are still facing.and they are still giving them funding how is that possible.
Jan. 15, 2012, 3:20 pm
Pat Reilly from North Flushing says:
I feel sorry for any tenant getting shafted by a landlord-but it';s really a sin (sorry!) when your landlord is a religious organization.

I hope they get satisfaction-and soon-but they REALLY do need to proofread their signs.
Jan. 18, 2012, 10:43 pm
Pat Reilly from North Flushing says:

HPD is a nightmare-keep writng your letter, and send copied to the Mayors office and you local and state officials. All the best to you!
Jan. 18, 2012, 10:44 pm
Sharon S from Jamaica says:
This should not be a surprise about the organization at all, one of the many things that Mr. flake has destroyed in Jamaica. I wish my grandmother can see "her" pastor now.
March 30, 2013, 10:47 am
ramel thomas from queens says:
Rip Joyce Thomas my mother I love your oldest son ramel Thomas written this I love u Joyce Thomas
May 12, 2013, 12:03 am
ramel thomas from queens says:
Rip Joyce Thomas I love you the best mother in the world
May 12, 2013, 12:04 am
Claire from Far Rockaway says:
You think that you have a serious problem, unfortunately you are not the only ones. I live in Wave Crest Gardens and for years the landlord has been trying to Evict me because I complain about Violations. The true HORROR is that at least EIGHT judges in the Housing Court appears to be in the landlords pocket because they would outright LIE about particular Facts involving the Eviction attempts and don't listen to anything you have to say. Judges Michael Pinckney, Gilbert Badillo (had to have him recused - spent SEVEN months in Court with him), Maurine Healy, Deneice Ewards, Inez Hoyos, Maria Resso, John Landsen, Dwight Waithe. Where is the REAL help for the Victims. Last year my landlord, Goldfarb Properties- Rockaway One Co., LLC, Peligan Management- Wave Crest Gardens was allowed to remove the FIRE ESCAPES from a building owned in the Bronx and no one was Fined nor Went to Jail for endangering those Tenants Lives.???? The System is truly designed to work against Victims and NOT for Victims. Like Richard Pryor said - We go to Court looking for Justice and all we find is Just Us looking for Justice. How TRUE - How so Unjustifiably Wrong.
Dec. 19, 2013, 5:31 pm
Claire from Far Rockaway says:
I sued the landlord for "Harassment" in November of "2010", won a Judgment, and the landlord was allowed to get off with NOT paying me the Judgment of $25,000.00. Since we all can't afford shark attorneys to fight for us, they decide that they will do whatever they want to us because they know that they will NEVER be held accountable for their actions. Is Slavery really Abolished?? Why is it that a person of Color has to endure such Injustice in today's world. I contacted Administrators about the landlord's lawyer Unethical actions as well a the judges, and they acted as if I was speaking in a strange language. What will it take for every one entitled to Justice to receive said Justice????
Dec. 19, 2013, 5:37 pm
pedro from woodside says:
let try comtributing a dime to my cause and we will fight them together with good lawyers/
Oct. 6, 2014, 1:31 pm

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