Monday, December 5, 2011
Pomonok in bad shape
From the Queens Tribune:
Pomonok Houses is a sprawling 60-year-old public housing development, and Eli Goldstein is one of its earliest tenants. When Pomonok creeps into the news lately, it is usually for the random acts of violence that plague any housing development, or in one instance, garbage that piled up on a handball court. Life there is generally free of the greater strife that plagues the more desperate, crime-riddled developments in the city.
Yet interviews with residents reveal a troubling truth. Life in Pomonok isn’t what it used to be, and relief is not around the corner. Mailboxes are ripped up and not repaired. Toilets are fixed, only to break again. Lolloway, who is unemployed like her husband, lives with her three children in her father’s asbestos-tainted apartment. They are supported by the money her brother brings home, the disabled veteran checks her father receives – he was awarded the Purple Heart – and his pension, which he earned as a retired postal worker.
“We can’t get answers,” Lolloway said. “The apartment looks like a bomb hit.”