Def Jam’s NYC offices allegedly closed due to bed bugs

by nobugsonme on January 16, 2010 · 4 comments

in bed bugs, bed bugs in the workplace, new york city, spread of bed bugs

Blogger GyantUnplugged.com claims that sources in the NYC Def Jam offices informed him their entire office (multiple floors) is currently closed due to bed bugs.

Island Def Jam appears to be located at 825 8th Avenue in New York City, the building also known as WorldWide Plaza.

Cravath, Swaine and Moore, a NYC lawfirm, also has offices in the same building, and they were said by legal bloggers Above the Law to have had bed bugs found (and bed bug treatments undertaken) on the 21st and 41st floors back in March, 2008.

We don’t know if the claim about Def Jam is true, and if it is, we don’t know if there’s any connection with the Cravath case. But bed bugs can afflict multiple offices just as they can affect neighbors in apartment buildings.

You’ll remember that multiple high-profile businesses operating out of 375 Hudson St. — namely Penguin and Saatchi and Saatchi, have also have been said to have infestations, in that case only a month apart.

And when Bill Clinton’s offices in Harlem were infested with bed bugs, an anonymous source tipped us off that they were not the only unit in the building affected.

Update (2/6):

The NY Post reported on Friday 2/5 with more on the Universal Music/Island Def Jam office infestation:

A source said, “Universal had its three floors fumigated last month. But this week, a small area of the ICM offices directly below were found to be infested, so the office was evacuated and fumigated within 24 hours. They even brought in bedbug-seeking beagles.” One source said the problem was building-wide. A Universal rep said, “We were aware of the issue and it has been resolved on our floors.” No comment from ICM.

ICM is a celebrity agency. It sounds like the bed bugs at 825 8th Ave. are getting around.

Update (4/6/2010):

A user calling herself Erica Knowles commented below:

Universal is closed until 12 today (4/6/10) because the bedbugs are apparently back.

Def Jam is part of Universal Music Group.

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1 nobugsonme January 19, 2010 at 2:11 am

IndustryDeathWatch.com comments on this rumor here.

2 nobugsonme February 6, 2010 at 2:06 am

The NY Post reported on Friday 2/5 with more on the Universal Music/Island Def Jam office infestation:

A source said, “Universal had its three floors fumigated last month. But this week, a small area of the ICM offices directly below were found to be infested, so the office was evacuated and fumigated within 24 hours. They even brought in bedbug-seeking beagles.” One source said the problem was building-wide. A Universal rep said, “We were aware of the issue and it has been resolved on our floors.” No comment from ICM.

ICM is a celebrity agency.

3 Erica Knowles April 6, 2010 at 7:05 am

Universal is closed until 12 today (4/6/10) because the bedbugs are apprently back.

4 nobugsonme April 6, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Thanks, Erica. If you know more about this, please feel free to email me via the contact form: http://bedbugger.com/about/contact

Added above:

Update (4/6/2010):

A user calling herself Erica Knowles commented below:

Universal is closed until 12 today (4/6/10) because the bedbugs are apparently back.

Def Jam is part of Universal Music Group.

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