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West Village ‘grifter’ Kate Gladstone finally locked out of apartment after eviction

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‘Grifter’ in the West Village who lived rent-free for three years One of New York’s wealthiest neighborhoods was officially locked out on Monday.

A Manhattan housing court judge has ruled on Kate Gladstone’s attempt to return to her Barrow Street residence, which has been crashing since June 2019. Until last week’s eviction.

“If your item isn’t there anymore, I’m not going to provide access,” Judge Evon Asforis told Gladstone, who attended the hearing virtually.

“MS. Gladstone, if we have nowhere else to go, we must go to the shelter,” said Asphoris.

Gladstone, 46, also known as Katherine Klein, argued to the judge, “This all happened very quickly.”

“We have zero access to the apartment,” she said.

But Gladstone’s eviction is the culmination of years of eviction efforts by Valentina Bajada and Heidi Russell, who have owned the two-bedroom pad at the Waterfront Co-op since 2016.

According to court documents, the story began when Gladstone moved in with her child in June 2019, paying $2,000 a month for one of Pad’s rooms.

Soon after, Russell asked Gladstone to move, saying that her mother needed to stay with her as she recovered from an upcoming surgery.

Kevin, Heidi Russell, and City Marshal Robert Lensley discuss the new locks to be installed.
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Gladstone refused and stopped paying rent, according to the landlord.

Russell and Bajada took her to court in December 2019and secured an agreement for the unwanted tenant to move out in March of the following year.

However, by the time Gladstone’s scheduled departure date came around, COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium was placed.

Kate Gladstone has been evicted from Heidi Russell's apartment at 129 Barrow Street.
Kate Gladstone has been evicted from Heidi Russell’s apartment at 129 Barrow Street.
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In August 2020, a desperate Russell — who said he spent days wandering the streets with his poodle to avoid Gladstone — filed a lawsuit to evict her and made the front page of The Post. Russell said her unwanted roommates sprayed her with chemicals, taped her and blew up her music.

In July 2021, the court approved a warrant to evict Gladstone, suspending the status conference.

In March, two years after Gladstone first agreed to retire, Gladstone filed an application for the state’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program. did.

Kate Gladstone evicted from Heidi Russell's apartment at 129 Barrow Street.
Kate Gladstone evicted from Heidi Russell’s apartment at 129 Barrow Street.
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On August 5, with no COVID moratorium and Gladstone’s ERAP bid rejected, Asforis ordered eviction, which took place Thursday.

Gladstone returned to court on Monday, claiming he needed access to the apartment to recover private property.

“[Bajada] It has a history of shutting us out before. She has a history of taking mine,” she claimed.

In August 2020, a desperate Russell, who had spent days wandering the streets with her poodle to avoid Gladstone, filed a lawsuit to get her out.
In August 2020, a desperate Russell said she had been wandering the streets with her poodle for days to avoid Gladstone and filed a lawsuit to get her kicked out.
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“There is nothing to hold them accountable for not following procedures or not following the law. They are getting bolder and bolder.”

The landlord’s attorney, Arthur Schwartz, said Gladstone still had the key to the front gate of the property.

“She spent most of the weekend knocking on doors [of the apartment] I demand acceptance,” he said.

Asforis rejected Gladstone’s multiple requests to be returned to the apartment.

He noticed that her property had been moved from the house to a warehouse in the Bronx and ordered her to retrieve it from there.

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