Deteriorating conditions at Harlem community center are dangerous for children, official says



HARLEM, Manhattan – The CEO of one of America’s oldest child and family social service agencies in New York City has contacted PIX11 News in an attempt to document deteriorating conditions in one of their programs at the interior of a Harlem NYCHA community center, where hundreds of kids have extracurricular activities every day.

It’s supposed to be a shelter for the kids, but the director of the Cornerstone in Manhattanville Homes program, Bibiana Thomas, says the building they’re in has become a dangerous place.

Inside there is a large gymnasium and several classrooms. It is supposed to be maintained by NYCHA. Thomas showed us that there are problems everywhere, from the ceilings to the floors.

“It was a dangerous situation for the students,” Thomas said.

Thomas said the ceiling of a hallway collapsed in mid-October, causing flooding.

Half of the light fixtures, Thomas said, need to be replaced due to electrical issues.

Their kitchen has been closed since October. The only elevator inside, Thomas said, is still out of order. The dance studio and some classrooms have no heating.

A NYCHA spokesperson told PIX11 News:

“NYCHA staff assesses necessary repairs and plans as needed, including a supplier to check the heating systems and roofers to fix leaks. We ask all residents to continue using MyNychaApp or call the Customer Contact Center at 718-707-7771 to create a work order for any maintenance needs.

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