The desire set design back again for extra than two a long time, delays the developer claimed price as a lot as $30 million, and left tenants residing in a function site frozen in time.

A end-work buy was issued, and an investigation identified evidence of tenant harassment, prompting a listening to that dragged on until eventually the finish of December. That is when the developers unexpectedly discovered a doc they experienced identified in city archives that exempted the lodge from needing the certification at all.

Times later on, the section dropped the scenario.

Tenants like Ms. Martin who supported the investigation had been surprised. “An company that is supposed to shield us from harassment dropped the situation correct at the finish of the trial,” she said. “This could transpire to any individual in the metropolis if it took place to us.”

The tenants association (which is in favor of the renovation) was angry that work had stopped in the very first place, blaming the town and their vocal neighbors for pursuing what they saw as a frivolous case. “It was a shame,” mentioned Zoe Pappas, 68, the president of the tenants association, which represents 30 inhabitants dwelling in 20 flats.

The builders see the abrupt close of the scenario as proof that this was all just a hold off tactic. “What was the level?” claimed Mr. Drukier, an owner of BD Motels, which purchased the Chelsea in 2016 for $250 million. “We were being making an attempt to finish a constructing that had previously been beneath building for very a couple of decades.”

The housing department did locate evidence of harassment, but it declined to disclose any far more information and facts. “While this particular authorized challenge has been withdrawn, the city has a broad vary of instruments to guard New Yorkers from harassment,” Anthony Proia, a section spokesman, stated in a assertion.

Now that the workers are back, so, far too, are the complaints from the tenants who supported the harassment situation. H2o has been working only cold once again. At times, it runs brown also. Susan and Jonathan Berg, who are living on the 10th ground, have been disturbed by incessant sounds from ventilation admirers on the roof. And construction dust keeps blowing into Ms. Martin’s condominium. “It’s a diverse degree of awfulness,” she mentioned.