By Jessica Mahler – NY Press

It all began last Thursday, when residents heard that inspectors had visited the building at 573 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg that houses “creative professional’s” workspace 3rd Ward, and had decreed tenants would no longer be allowed to spend nights there. This was confirmed Friday when a notice was posted by the Department of Buildings stating that people were only allowed inside the loft space from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; anyone caught on the premises after-hours would be arrested and the building would be padlocked. A formal vacate order was put into effect on Monday, Oct. 18. At no point did the building’s management or landlord contact residents—around 40 or 50 in total—to mention or explain what was going on; all inquiring calls and emails made on Thursday and Friday to the management were ignored. [Read More]