April 4, 2016
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Inside a building on the Grand Concourse blocks from Yankee Stadium, Rico Moreno hears rats scratching at his rotting bathroom tiles when he tries to take a shower. Upstairs, Laura Bordas and her mother, Miguelina Fana, are forced to cook dinner on hot plates. The building’s stoves have not worked for weeks, ever since the laundry room in the basement caved in and authorities cut off the building’s gas line.
Now, those tenants are among 38 Bronx neighbors who have filed suit against building owner Ved Parkash for failing to correct a laundry list of horrid conditions, the Daily News has learned. In papers filed in Bronx Housing Court, the tenants say that their homes at 750 Grand Concourse have deteriorated since Parkash — named by the public advocate’s office in November as the “City’s Worst Landlord” — took the deed 20 years ago.
The tenants hope a judge will order Parkash — scheduled to appear in court Monday for the first time — to fix more than 500 active city Housing Preservation and Department Department violations, or face fines and possible imprisonment.