By Carol Tannenhauser
Twenty-one of the 36 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) brownstones, located between W. 89th and W. 93rd streets, from Central Park West to Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, are currently without heat and hot water — and have been throughout the deep freeze that gripped the city over the past weekend, according to Cynthia Tibbs, president of the WSUR Brownstones Tenant Association.
Oddly, the outages are not reported on NYCHA’s December 27th “Service Interruptions Overview,” a daily report of heat, hot water, elevator, electric, and gas interruptions in all NYCHA buildings.
Tibbs said two different incidents caused the brownstone outages, both involving pipes. City Council Member Gale Brewer, who has been monitoring the situation all weekend, confirmed that the boilers weren’t involved.
Tibbs emailed, “On 12/25, a steam pipe burst in building 137 W. 93rd, flooding Apts BA and BB on the ground level, including the lobby and the front of the building, It also knocked out heat and hot water to buildings 125, 127, 129, 131, 133, 135, 137, 139, 141, and 143 W. 93rd Street.”
Tibbs said the steam pipe had been newly installed on Christmas morning, “but immediately burst when the heating team tried to restore heat.” The other problem was a a leaking steam pipe in the building at 36 W. 91st Street, she said, affecting heat at 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, 34, 36, 38 and 40 West 91st Street since Friday, 12/23.
Four more buildings are in “imminent danger of losing heat,” according to Tibbs. Building 23 West 90th Street is now without heat and, as it shares the same heating line as W. 91st Street, buildings 15, 17 ,19 and 21 are “facing the threat of a serious trickle-down effect.”
Brewer’s office reported and Tibbs confirmed that private plumbers have been brought in to address the leaks, but Tibbs isn’t confident. “I suggested that residents who could stay with friends or relatives should consider doing so, and many have left.”
WSR has reached out to NYCHA, and will update when we get a response.
Update: 12/28, 10:20 p.m.: “Heat and hot water were restored Tuesday night [12/27] by 10 p.m. to 93rd Street, and restored to 91st Street by 11 p.m.,” Cynthia Tibbs informed us. “NYCHA always fixes things once the media gets involved,” she said.