From the Daily News:
A rent-stabilized building in Jamaica has become hell on Earth for many of its tenants.
Residents of 88-22 Parsons Blvd. have battled vermin, sporadic heat and moldy apartments - and until yesterday many of the 37 units had little to no water.
The building's water pump was shut down Dec. 12 after a strange noise began emanating from the basement, she said.
The pump controls the water flow in each unit. After it was turned off, tenants on the building's top floors complained their water stream had been reduced to an anemic trickle.
"There's not enough water for the toilet to flush sometimes," said Asahafik Chowdhury, 16, who grew up in the building. "When you're taking a shower, water trickles out. Sometimes the water comes out discolored."
Tenants have complained that the building has been left to deteriorate since it came under new ownership in late 2007. It was bought by five corporations, including the New York Affordable Housing Associates III LLC, said city Department of Finance spokesman Owen Stone.
The facility now has 132 city Department of Housing, Preservation and Development violations. And there are another 24 active Department of Buildings violations against the facility, DOB officials said. This led HPD to sue the owners of the building in May to force them to make repairs.