When a Rat Skeleton Falls through Your Ceiling

Posted on: October 28th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

This is not a Halloween story, but may as well be.

As reported yesterday, deaf and hearing-impaired tenants living at 174 Forsyth Street are demanding remedy for deplorable living conditions. Those affected allege years of neglect that led to extreme disrepair and lack of security, and are holding a press conference this morning to train the spotlight on their plight.

One such resident had a scare when a rat skeleton (fully intact) dropped from a gap in the broken ceiling. Others in the complex contend with leaking pipes, broken toilets, mold throughout apartments and hallways, and rodent infestations.

The buildings comprising 174-184 Forsyth Street were constructed in March 1994 specifically for low-income deaf and hearing-impaired tenants. New York Society for the Deaf owns the six-story, half-block complex, which was financed by the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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