A Manhattan apartment building has emptied a tenant’s rent-controlled apartment where he lived for 20 years while hospitalized with COVID, leaving only his piano and pet tortoise, because “ everyone thought he was dead. ”
Japanese Ryo Nagaoka, 60, has lived in the East Village apartment for over 20 years. He works downtown, in a noodle restaurant, and lives alone with his pet tortoise, Kame-san, which translates to Mr. Tortoise in English.
In October, he fell seriously ill and neighbors thought he had COVID-19, but refused hospital treatment because he has no health insurance.
In January, he was found unconscious in his apartment by the superior, who had gone to tell him about a water leak. The superior called an ambulance and was rushed to hospital.
He spent two months in Bellevue Hospital and then on to an outpatient clinic in Brooklyn and returned to his apartment on Wednesday, only to find it completely empty.
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Japanese Ryo Nagaoka, 60, returned to the East Village apartment on Wednesday, where he lived for 20 years, and found that it had been completely emptied. All that was left was his piano. A neighbor saved his turtle, Kame-san (mister turtle)
Friends and neighbors donated clothes, a mattress and other belongings for the 60-year-old.
This is all the man now owns after all his belongings have been thrown away by his building
Kame-san, which means Mr. Tortoise in Japanese, was ‘saved’ by a neighbor who has been feeding him for two months
The East Village building where Mr. Nagaoka has lived for the past 20 years. The building said it was trying to reach him, but it never heard back
The building is owned in part by Barbara Corcoran and Alex Rodriguez from Shark Tank. They did not comment
All that was left in it was his piano and his pet; the building had even removed its refrigerator. He doesn’t have a phone, wallet, ID or
The building – which is partially owned by Barbara Corcoran and Shark Tank’s A-Rod – had everything cleaned. The building sent a team on February 17 to empty and clean it.
Now neighbors and friends are collecting money on one GoFundMe page to help him get his life back on track.
It raised $ 30,000 from their $ 50,000 goal. Barbara Corcoran donated $ 12,000 to it.
Nagaoka told DailyMail.com from his apartment on Friday, “I was in Bellevue hospital and was later transferred to the Brooklyn outpatient clinic.
‘Then I came back two months later, that was Wednesday, I came back to the apartment and the key had been changed.
‘I had to ask my neighbor to call the landlord. They called and someone came and opened the door. When I opened the door … another shock – it’s empty.
The building’s owners had started renovating the old apartment. They threw out the fridge and ripped some floors
A GoFundMe page set up for Ryo has now raised more than $ 30,000. Among those who donated to it is Barbara Corcoran
‘They threw everything away. I’m not sure who saved the turtle. His name is Mr. Tortoise, ”he said.
Friends and neighbors were amazed when he reappeared. They had become so concerned that they hung missing person signs in the hallways.
Now they come together to replace what has been taken from him.
In addition to the GoFundMe site, they’ve put together a spreadsheet where people can list items they want to donate.
Nagaoka joked that he now has better food and clothes than ever before the story began.
The building is managed by H&H Ventures, but owned by Corcoran and A-Rod.
The pair bought it in 2018 from Donald Trump and his former attorney Michael Cohen.
A Corcoran representative defended what had happened in an interview with The New York Post, saying they had “ made every effort to locate the Resident, including calling local hospitals and contacting Adult Protective Services.
After APS was informed of the situation, an APS employee was assigned to the Resident.
Despite the efforts of the APS employee and this office, the Resident could not be located and the apartment was cleaned on February 17, 2021 by a company specializing in organic cleaning services, in accordance with all applicable regulations.
Donations of items can also be delivered for him at LoveWild, a gift shop in the East Village. Owner Sierra Gilboe is shown, right