Yellow liquid oozing from floors & mold: NYCHA Bushwick residents, lawmakers demand answers

New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams denounces unsanitary living conditions in NYCHA apartments with tenants from the Lincoln Houses on December 16, 2019 in Harlem, New York. His office released a report of the city's worst landlords, putting at the top of the list the city itself.
New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams denounces unsanitary living conditions in NYCHA apartments with tenants from the Lincoln Houses on December 16, 2019 in Harlem, New York. His office released a report of the city's worst landlords, putting at the top of the list the city itself. Photo credit Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis via Getty Images

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- Yellow liquid oozing from apartment floors and mold damaging walls, NYCHA tenants in Bushwick have had enough of seeing hazardous issues in their apartments. Brooklyn elected officials and outraged residents at Bushwick Houses development are calling on NYCHA to address these unsafe conditions.

Constant neglect of these buildings has led to injuries such as a kitchen cabinet falling on a tenant recently.

“They keep telling me they're gonna do this they're gonna do that but nobody's doing anything,” Latoya, a tenant at Humboldt development, said. “People have children and they shouldn't have to live like that coming into the kitchen into their home every day and having a smell and see what they see stuff like that I mean it's not fair.”

Brooklyn elected officials and NYCHA tenants held a press conference to demand that NYCHA respond to hazardous living conditions at 24 Humboldt St, on May 13. Speakers included Council Member Jennifer Gutiérrez, Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso, and NYCHA tenants who provided access to their apartments to show the conditions.

“Multiple kitchens had their sinks removed one woman had a sink just hanging around not even installed in,” Gutiérrez said.

Tenants can put in tickets to file complaints but many tell Gutiérrez that their ticket status says closed.

“I understand they can prioritize everything but you know management companies all over the city are figuring this out and you can't help but think that the tenants are being treated this way because they're low income because they're middle income because they're working class whatever the case,” Gutiérrez said.

Gutiérrez hopes that NYCHA announced a plan of action soon to get all the repaired dont as fast as they can.

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