(The New York Times) Tranquilina Alvillar has spent three years waiting for this moment.
On Friday, barring any last-minute legal maneuvering, Ms. Alvillar, 50, a street vendor who sells used clothing and plastic trinkets, will be able to return home to her apartment in a five-floor walk-up on Bedford Avenue, one block from the L train stop in the hipster heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Ms. Alvillar, who speaks only a few words of English, had lived in the rent-stabilized one-bedroom on the second floor at 193 Bedford, between North Sixth and North Seventh Streets, for a quarter-century, since coming to this country from Mexico.
Then, in 2011, the landlord began renovating the building, removing walls and tearing up floors. There were also problems with the heat. Ms. Alvillar stuck it out, continuing to pay her $700 monthly rent, until August, when a city building inspector ordered her to leave, declaring the home uninhabitable and an “imminent danger to life.”
And the Follow Up Story:
After Suing, Tenant Comes Home to the Brooklyn Apartment She Was Made to Leave
(The New York Times) Tranquilina Alvillar stepped out of the truck and onto the curb at Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg just after 9 a.m. on Monday, carrying a Bible and wearing two scarves.
“I was so nervous this morning trying to get dressed, I didn’t know what I was doing,” she said in halting English as she unwrapped one gray woolen scarf from around her neck. “I’m feeling very worried.”
After more than three years, Ms. Alvillar, 50, was about to return to the second-floor apartment at 193 Bedford Avenue, between North Sixth and North Seventh Streets, where she had lived for 25 years, since coming to the United States from Mexico. Her story is a common one in gentrified Williamsburg, although the resolution is unusual.