CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK–Water leaks in Peggy Valoy’s apartment in the Polo Ground Houses and paint bubbles up on the living room and bathroom walls. “I called Housing and waited and I missed a day of work because they didn’t come,” she said. “Even when they do come, they fix the paint and the same thing happens again.”
Peggy’s apartment is one of 1,600 in the sprawling Polo Grounds complex in Upper Manhattan. Many residents in this New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) development have similar complaints. Maria Fernandez showed us her kitchen with broken tiles that haven’t been replaced in the seventeen years she has lived there.