Around 3,000 public-housing residents in Queens were forced to ride out Thursday’s blizzard in units with little or no heat — prompting some to risk carbon-monoxide poisoning by cranking up ovens and stoves.
The latest suffering inflicted on hapless tenants of the New York City Housing Authority led Mayor de Blasio to blame “decades” of past neglect, just days after he was sworn into his second, four-year term.
A NYCHA spokeswoman said they were told about radiators going cold in all 20 buildings at the sprawling Woodside Houses around 11:15 a.m. Thursday.
Spokeswoman Jasmine Blake said the problem was caused by a drop in the pressure of natural gas supplied to the complex’s steam boilers by the National Grid utility company.
Blake said NYCHA maintenance workers adjusted valves to provide some heat to the lower three floors of the six-story buildings, and a National Grid spokesman said it restored full pressure in the gas line by clearing “debris around the strainer around the gas meter” at around 1:30 p.m.
The heat was back on in all 1,300 apartments around 5 p.m., NYCHA said.