More than a thousand residents of a public housing complex in Harlem have been forced to cook on hotplates for about six weeks because gas lines have been shut down for repairs.
Tenants at the Grant Houses on Amsterdam Avenue told the Daily News that they haven’t been able to use their stoves since Aug. 29.
The city said residents can expect to go without gas service for a few more weeks.
Officials at the New York City Housing Authority issued a news release say that “Con Edison and a contractor are expected to finish repairs by early November. NYCHA apologizes for inconvenience to affected residents.”
Gas at the Grant Houses was shut off because of a gas leak and the city is replacing the leaking pipes one at a time, NYCHA told a reporter at the Gothamist website.
Housing officials attempted to placate angry residents by giving them hot plates and meal vouchers.
“People are in an uproar, Carlton Davis, president of the Grant Houses Residents Association, told the Daily News.
“It takes half an hour to boil water on these hot plates,” Orsby Wroten said to Pix11.
More than 1,700 public housing apartments in 46 buildings throughout the city have been affected by the gas shut-offs, the Gothamist reported.