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README.md

This repository contains the data analysis for the worst evictors website.

Quick start

You will need Python 3.7 or later. You will also need either Postgres or Docker.

Python setup

First, create a Python 3 virtual environment, enter it, and install dependencies:

python3 -m venv venv
. venv/bin/activate   # Or 'venv\Scripts\activate' on Windows
pip install -r requirements.txt

Database setup

Option 1: Docker

If you don't already have Postgres, you can set up a server with Docker by running the following in a separate terminal:

docker-compose up

Once you're done using this project, if you want to delete all data used by the database, you can run:

docker-compose down -v

Option 2: Postgres

Alternatively, if you already have a database make sure to set the DATABASE_URL environment variable to point at it, e.g.:

export DATABASE_URL=postgres://nycdb:nycdb@localhost/nycdb

Build everything

To build the database tables needed to calculate the worst evictors data, run:

python worst.py builddb

Then, to generate a CSV of worst evictors, run:

python worst.py list > evictors.csv

Notes on the Analysis

A description of the methodology for this project can be found on the website's About Page.

Grouping HPD Head Officers together

Our methodology for making the worst evictors list combined data analysis from publicly available data with a community research-driven approach, using on-the-ground knowledge of tenants and tenant organizers. We found it important to use a variety of tools and strategies when generating this list as an effort to make the most comprehensive survey of who is evicting New Yorkers, as well as to provide a list that would help and encourage New Yorkers to organize.

We conducted our own research using the Who Owns What tool to group HPD Head Officers together that shared a common business address, and also relied on first-person accounts of shared business affiliation from tenant organizers in our network.

Here are landlords from the RTC Worst Evictors List that we found to be associated with a group of Head Officer names registered with HPD:

  • "ARETE MANAGEMENT" — JULIUS LAMAR, DAVID MATEO, RAFAL MARKWAT

  • "LABE TWERSKI" — LABE TWERSKI, IABE TWERSKI

  • "LARRY GLUCK" — LAURENCE GLUCK, LAWRENCE GLUCK, SMAJLJE SRDANOVIC

  • "E&M ASSOCIATES" — JOEL GOLDSTEIN, IRVING LANGER, IRIVING LANGER, LEIBAL LEDERMAN, AVI DAIVES, AVI DAVIES, HENRY SPITZER, LOUIS LANGER, NAFTALI LEINER, NAFTOLI LEINER

  • "PINNACLE" — RASIM TOSKIC, DAVID RADONCIC, ABIDIN RADONCIC, JOEL WEINER, EDWARD SUAZO, EDDIE LJESNJANIN, MARC BARHORIN, DAVID ROSE

  • "STEVEN FINKELSTEIN" — STEVEN FINKELSTEIN, STEVE FINKELSTEIN

  • "MATTHEW BECKER" — MATTHEW BECKER, MATHEW BECKER, MARC FLYNN

  • "MORGAN GROUP" — SCOTT MORGAN, RYAN MORGAN, BROOKE MORGAN, STUART MORGAN

  • "HAGER MANAGEMENT" — JACOB HAGER, NAFTALI HAGER, NATALI HAGER

  • "MOSHE PILLER" — MOSHE PILLER, MOSHE PILLLE, SAM ROSEN, SAMUEL BRETTLER

  • "MICHAEL NIAMONITAKIS" — MICHEAL NIAMONITAKIS, MICHAEL NIAMONITAKIS, MIKE NIAMONITAKIS, ANNMARIE BARKER, ANTHONY SIRIGOS, DESPINA SIDERATOS, EFTHIMIOS DIMITRIADIS, JAMES D. DIMITRIADES, JAMES DIMITRIADES, MICHAEL NEAMONITAKIS

  • "BRG MANAGEMENT" — ELY SINGER, JONAH ROSENBERG, SCOTT MITTEL, ANDY FALKIN, ARI BENEDICT, FAUSTO DIAZ, AVNER SKOCZYLAS, BARRY SENDROVIC, JONAH ROSENBERG, ARI BENEDICT, DANIEL BENEDICT

  • "A&E REAL ESTATE" — DONALD HASTINGS, MAGGIE MCCORMICK, DOUGLAS EISENBERG

  • "UFARATZTA LLC" — 1635 CARROLL LLC,2509 ATLANTIC REALTY LLC,312 EZ REALTY LLC, 437 BMW LLC, 491 EQUITIES LLC, 682 MONTGOMERY LLC, DEAN PARK LLC, DRAM LLC, GAN EAST LLC, M WILHELM, MAUNTAUK PARK LLC, MENDY WILHELM, MMS REALTY LLC, PRESIDENT PLAZA LLC, UFARATZTA LLC, YANKY RODMAN

Are we missing anybody? If you think that there are other Head Officers related to the companies we are featuring in our RTC Worst Evictors List, or if you think we made a mistake somewhere, send us a suggestion via our Feedback Form.

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