Residents Of A Ryer Avenue Apartment House Have Been Bundling Up Inside

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The frigid weather has only added insult to injury for families in the Bronx who have been stuck without heat for weeks.

On a day when people were bundled up outside, Margie Lawson was wearing layers and gloves inside of her Tremont apartment, CBS 2’s John Slattery reported Friday.

“It’s just awful. You go to bed cold, you wake up cold,” Lawson said.

Lawson said she has lived in the 60-unit, seven-story building on Ryer Avenue at 181st Street for decades. Her sister said that the heat has been on and off for weeks and that they have been relying on the oven and a space heater for warmth.

“I mean it’s really horrible to have to live like this. I may as well be outside. It’s warmer out there,” Bensina Moore said.

Neighbor Gretta Moore said she has been sleeping bundled up under layers of blankets.

“It’s extremely cold. Extremely cold like the North Pole and now, no hot water,” she said, “I’ve called 311 about seven times.”

The temperature in Moore’s bedroom was around 49 degrees when CBS 2’s cameras were on the scene.

Tenants said that repairs to the boiler have been attempted but with no success. CBS 2 placed a call to the landlord’s office and a mechanic arrived on the scene.

The landlord was not present at his Jamaica, Queens home. Eventually, a second mechanic was able to get a flame lit in the furnace.

“It’s gonna work,” he said

The building is home to elderly tenants and a day care center. Those tenants said they want the heat that they pay for.

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