Frustration as Knickerbocker Village Still Without Heat or Power
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While much of the Lower East Side is with power and starting to pick up the proverbial pieces, three large Manhattan housing complexes remain in the dark. Inclusive is Knickerbocker Village, which is already nearing two weeks without electricity, heat, or hot water. A resident tells us that there’s little to no support from building management, only the “pay your rent” announcement, and that complaints are falling on deaf ears. Their plight is barely on the local radar, and the desperation is palpable. A sign reads:
- It is important that all tenants in KV Inc. report your complains/concerns regarding no heat, hot water, or electricity in your apartment to 311.
- As tenants of KV Inc. we are concerned about the health and saftey of the tenants, especially the elderly. As well as no communication from management.
The feelings of frustration paved the way for a tenants meeting today to address these serious issues.
On Wednesday night…a FEMA official urged city authorities to provide alternate accommodations to the residents of Knickerbocker Village, where about 700 seniors had been living without heat since the hurricane.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg said Friday that his main focus was on helping tens of thousands of people — about half of whom live in public housing — get power back.
As of Friday afternoon, more than 1,000 older people remained in three large Manhattan complexes that lacked services including heat, water or electricity, according to the office of Scott M. Stringer, the Manhattan borough president. There were probably many smaller buildings in similar conditions, Mr. Stringer’s office added.