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Bed Stuy Building Hasn’t Had Heat in Seventeen Years

11.06.13 Kyle Petreycik

As winter begins to draw nearer many New Yorkers have already begun pulling out their air conditioners and cranking up the heat as temperatures begin to drop. However, this isn’t the case for residents of 305 Decatur Street, an affordable housing building in the Stuyvesant Heights section of Bed Stuy. Residents they’ve lived without functioning heat and hot water for seventeen years. The Shinda Management Corp acquired the property in 2005 and has done little to address the problem. The building the company has also locked all residential laundry and common rooms due to “drug activity.”

While years of complaints may have finally prompted Shinda Management Corp to install new heating systems throughout the property, many of the building’s tenants are still in the cold.

“You dread every winter,” said Collette Wright, 55, who has lived in the building since 1996. “Have you ever been so cold that you’re under your covers and you feel the cold on your eyeballs?”

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