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NEW YORK – A fight in Manhattan's Little Italy between a landlord who wants a tenant out and a tenant who doesn't want to go isn't your run-of-the-mill New York City real estate struggle.
That's because the landlord is a museum dedicated to the legacy of Italian-Americans, and the tenant is an 85-year-old Italian-American grandmother who has lived there for more than 50 years.
Adele Sarno says the fight over her $820-a-month, two-bedroom apartment began five years ago. That's when she received a letter seeking to increase that rent to $3,500 a month, far more than the retired shopkeeper says she can afford.
The museum's president and spokesman didn't reply to multiple requests for comment. But they have said the museum is looking to expand its space, or sell the properties to a developer and remain there rent-free.