Margaret Streicker Porres

'No question she's going to push me out'

There are indications that Streicker Porres may be attempting to repeat this 22nd Street pattern on Perry Street. She lives at 106 Perry Street and recently filed papers with the New York State Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) seeking to take over additional space in the building for her own family use. Apparently the 2,375 square feet that she currently resides in—the average size of a five-bedroom suburban house complete with a two-car garage, front and back porches, and a sunroom—is not enough.

Michael Lavery has been living in the pleasant, rent-stabilized building for 35 years, where he pays $570 a month for his little apartment. Streicker Porres purchased the building in the fall of 2001 and has bought out all the tenants but Lavery. Several attempts to evict Lavery, a self-employed attorney, have failed. "She was hostile from the beginning," Lavery says, adding that she is turning the remaining apartments into duplexes.

Eddie Merrill was the last tenant driven out of 331 West 22nd Street, where the backyard garden has become a large pit, disturbing the next-door tenants.
photo: Giulietta Verdon-Roe
Eddie Merrill was the last tenant driven out of 331 West 22nd Street, where the backyard garden has become a large pit, disturbing the next-door tenants.

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    Efforts to reach Streicker Porres, or her attorney, were unsuccessful. She was co-chair for the Catalog for Giving charitable fundraiser and was quoted in the Times in 2003 bemoaning the fact that someone stole her azaleas from in front of her building. "When Porres bought the building two years ago, I allowed her into my apartment to measure and look around. I thought, she's a young woman, what's the harm?" says Farwell. "Little did I know I was measuring my coffin."

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