From the Times Ledger:
Vinnie Alberici is an unlikely inspector of fire hydrants in and around Community Board 5, but he has found that a significant number are in poor condition or not working at all.
Alberici removes graffiti for a living as part of the Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corp., a nonprofit dedicated to improving housing in the area. To do his job, he uses a pressure washer to blast offending marks off buildings and has a permit to tap into the city’s fire hydrants, but he sometimes has trouble finding one that works.
In one of the most alarming cases, Alberici said he was trying to blast off some graffiti near St. Frances Cabrini School, a parochial school just across the border between Ridgewood and Brooklyn at 181 Suydam St.
During a Tuesday tour, a TimesLedger reporter witnessed Alberici check the five hydrants again, more than two months after each was broken and reported to the city.
Only three of the five hydrants in the vicinity of Wilson Avenue and Suydam Street produced water.
One of the broken hydrants was directly in front of the school. The other was on the corner and had a white ring painted around one spout.