Aging Boilers Crash, Leave 3,000 Harlem Residents In The Cold

March 22, 2018

The NY Daily News reports that the 3,000 public housing tenants of King Towers in Harlem suffered without heat during Wednesday’s snowstorm, but they can’t expect much help from either Gov. Cuomo or Mayor de Blasio anytime soon.

In their never-ending quest to out-shout one another, Cuomo and de Blasio have promised to spend millions of dollars to replace boilers at a total of 31 NYCHA developments.

King Towers is not on their list.

Around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, the boilers crashed at King, disabling heat and hot water in all 10 buildings.


NYCHA workers were dispatched and 12 hours later the boilers were listed as back on line. That blast of heat, however, didn’t last.

By 5:40 a.m. Wednesday the system crashed again. By mid-afternoon, workers were still trying to restore heat to the development’s 3,080 tenants.

“We lose heat when we need it the most,” said tenant Madeline Ellis, 41, who turned on her stove to warm the unit where she lives with her four children, including four-month-old daughter Kyrie. “We need more funding here, more repairs — not less.”

During the January freeze, thousands of public housing tenants lost heat and hot water. Responding to a wave of complaints, de Blasio proposed spending $200 million to upgrade boilers at 20 select developments. King Towers didn’t make his list.

During the January freeze, thousands of public housing tenants lost heat and hot water. Responding to a wave of complaints, de Blasio proposed spending $200 million to upgrade boilers at 20 select developments. King Towers didn’t make his list.

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