NYCHA tenants in Bronx left in cold as heating systems fail

Hundreds of public housing tenants in the Bronx shivered through a frigid weekend, as heating systems in several NYCHA buildings failed when low-20s temperatures gripped the city.

The breakdowns affected hundreds of apartments at the 1,182-unit Throggs Neck Houses, the 992-unit Mott Haven Houses and a 96-unit building at 1471 Watson Ave. Some tenants told the Daily News they got nowhere in their efforts to get the problem fixed.

NYCHA confirmed that other developments also suffered heat outages, though officials refused to provide specifics. “We’ve had a number of outages at buildings,” NYCHA spokeswoman Sheila Stainback said. “That tends to happen when there’s a cold snap.”

But Throggs Neck Houses tenant president Monique Johnson said the development has had problems with its gas lines for months. “People should not have to put up with this,” Johnson said.

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