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Some Red Hook Residents Brave Cold Temperatures With Intermittent Heat

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With temperatures in the teens Wednesday night, residents of a public housing apartment building in Red Hook say they're freezing because their heat doesn't work consistently.

Residents of the building got their heat back Wednesday evening after they said they were without it for most of the day.

Apartments in the building registered temperatures between 50 and 60 degrees farhenheit Wednesday evening.

Residents told NY1 that while they're used to the colder temperatures, they do want a change for their health.

"The hurricane was better than it is now because we're freezing," said Luz Vasquez, a resident of the building. "We have no heat."

Vasquez said most days, her radiator is cold.

She said she has asthma, as do her children and grandchildren, and she worries about their health and hers.

She said she fills out tickets for the repairs with the housing authority and workers do come to fix it, but not right away, and then what was fixed breaks again anyway.

Residents going into their apartments Wednesday said the heat was on for some period Wednesday because it's not freezing in their apartments.

But it was out for portions of Wednesday, leaving residents frustrated.

"It's really bad because it's a struggle," Vasquez said. "The more I struggle, it's like, the less they're helping. I look out not only for my apartment, but I look out in general for the building itself."

NY1 reached out to the New York City Housing Authority, who said they checked the temperatures on each floor of the building in question. The temperatures ranged from 68 to 72 degrees, according to the housing authority.

They encouraged any resident with heating complaints to call the Customer Contact Center at 718-707-7771.

The city has opened hundreds of warming centers in all five boroughs, giving residents a warm place to go during the day.

Most of them reopen at 9 a.m. Thursday.

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