Public housing

Bronx public housing building has apartments as cold as ‘igloos’ and some hot as ‘saunas’

ALLERTON, Bronx (PIX11) — They live in the same building in the Bronx, but some tenants have freezing apartments and others homes that are too hot.

Parkside Houses resident Elizabeth Nazario, whose New York City Housing Authority home is on the cold side of the spectrum, said she had it.

“It’s freezing cold,” she said. “I’m under the covers and my slippers are getting cold.”

On the other side of the building, Victor Pagan’s apartment is very warm. The wall thermometer in the Air Force veteran’s bedroom read 74 degrees Monday. Pagan feels guilty for complaining about the heat when so many people are cold.

“They tell me the boilers will be changed in three years,” he said. “What are we going to do for three years?

Across the hall, Tinis Rodriguez says she has no hot water. Rodriguez sleeps wrapped in blankets on her couch.

“We need heat,” Rodriguez said. “I often get sick.”

A NYCHA spokesperson told PIX11 News they are reviewing the complaints.

“NYCHA staff are repairing equipment that controls the distribution of heat to these apartments to ensure consistent service,” a spokesperson said.

If you have any problems with your heating or hot water, contact Monica Morales at [email protected]