Feb 28, 2021
Residents suffer 2nd blackout in 3 days at cluster of Bronx buildings
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CO-OP CITY, The Bronx (WABC) -- As many as 10 buildings in the Bronx are in the dark once again Sunday morning.
The news comes less than 24 hours after Co- Op City got the power turned back on from Friday's blackout.
Police have been goin through the buildings doing wellness checks.
The previous outage happened at the same cluster of buildings Friday when an elderly woman died during an outage dur to a transformer fire.
This morning at around 2 a.m. residents started reporting their buildings were dark and power was out.
Emergency services remained at the scene.
At least one person with an oxygen tank and water stations were set up outside the buildings.
It's not clear what the problem may be this time.
Co-Op City has their own power supply.
There are nearly 200 apartments in each building, with more than 1,500 apartments in the dark.
Crews are in the process of checking the following addresses that are reported to be without power:
920 Baychester Avenue - 33 story residential building with 186 residential units
920 Co-Op City Boulevard - 33 story residential building with 186 residential units
100 Darrow Place - 33 story residential building with 392 residential units
100 DeKruif Place - 33 story residential building with 392 residential units
120 DeKruif Place - 33 story residential building with 392 residential units
140 DeKruif Place - 33 story residential building with 392 residential units
100 Donizetti Avenue - 33 story residential building with 392 residential units
120 Donizetti Avenue - 33 story residential building with 392 residential units
140 Donizetti Avenue - 33 story residential building with 392 residential units
150 Dreiseir Loop - 33 story residential building with 392 residential units
On Friday, 73-year-old Ada Longmore lived in a 19th floor unit. Her body was found in a stairwell between the 18th and 19th floors.
She had an oxygen tank -- which was empty -- and she has been climbing the stairs to get to her apartment since there was no power to the elevator.
Co-Op city says they are cooperating with authorities to fix the problem.
Local officials are calling for change after Co-Op city has long been plagued with problems including crumbling infrastructure.
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The owners of an Upper West Side apartment where an elderly man’s dead body was decomposing for two weeks say police won’t let cleaners in to fumigate the pad — so now they’re suing to clear the air.
The owners of the West 72nd Street unit filed the suit against the NYPD in Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday.
The man was believed to have died around April 1 — but his corpse wasn’t found until other residents complained of “a strong foul odor” coming from his unit, the suit states.
Cops removed the body and the building manager placed deodorizers inside and opened the windows “to try to alleviate the foul smell emanating from the bodily fluids,” according to the manager’s affidavit.
The manager then called the cops the next day, on April 16, seeking access so he could clean and fumigate the unit, after he received “multiple complaints from neighbors residing in apartments located on the same floor,” the court papers say.
But police said they couldn’t grant access to the apartment without a court order, the suit says. This is an NYPD protocol to protect the property of people who pass away while living alone, according to the department patrol guide.
“A terrible odor continues to emanate from the apartment and I am concerned that mice and other vermin might also be inside,” an affidavit from the building manager says.see also
The tenant had been living in a rent-stabilized unit for over a decade. He didn’t have any kids or a spouse, his sister told the building manager, giving him consent to enter the unit, the court filing says.
Now, Bank of America — the trustee for the owners — is asking a judge to grant it the right to have others go inside twice a month to inspect, clean, fumigate, exterminate and maintain the flat.
NYPD spokesperson Jessica McRorie said: “The NYPD will review the lawsuit if and when we are served.”
A lawyer for the bank declined to comment.
Additional reporting by Tina MooreFiled under lawsuits , manhattan supreme court , senior citizens , upper west side , 4/20/21