Thursday, October 15, 2009
Astoria man living in tent
From ABC 7:
Some residents in Queens are outraged over a neighbor's bizarre behavior. That neighbor has lived in a tent, bathes outside and walks around partially naked. But so far, residents and authorities can't seem to force him to cover up.
Romanian immigrant Mircea Fersedy, 61, has lived in the cluttered tent since April, two months after the city officials tossed him out of his home on 37th Street in Astoria because they deemed it structurally unsafe.
"The tent is an attempt to survive," the former pharmacist said. "After homelessness, I'm trying to survive. I paid a mortgage for 25 years, now I'm a beggar. I'm homeless. I lived in the subway and the airports for two months. Then I had the idea for a tent."
The building was boarded up in April. Federly then came up with the idea to put a tent in the backyard. He says he's going to stay here until it's just too cold for him to sleep outside.
But to some residents in the neighborhood, one man's survival is another man's nuisance.
"He walks around half naked," neighbor Angela Mancuso said. "He must be using this as a toilet bowl. It's really disgusting,"
Angry neighbors claim Fersedy bathes in a stairwell using a hose, relieves himself in the yard, plays his radio all night and walks around half-naked. They're also concerned about electrical wires running into his tent, as well as his hot plate.
Neighbors are also incensed over the dilapidated state of the six-family home.