<br/><br/><strong>Adah Carrion, 99th Street and 2nd in George Washington Developments:</strong> "They said phase 2 will start in the next 20 years. I'm the one who has to deal with not opening the window in my own apartment because this is my view with the pollution, for the last 10 years. Nobody wants to talk about that construction. Nobody wants to talk about my building with 14 floors and the plumbing every single week. Every other day I get phone calls of leaks coming from apartments because of the rattling. These buildings are 60 years old, Washington Houses. The rattling from making the tunnels vibrated the building so badly that the plumbing is shot. Now, NYCHA is saying 'We don't have the money to fix it' but on 97th Street, the MTA gave them $10 million to use there, for ten years. Why didn't they use that money to repair us? When they do do phase 2, Washington Houses has to deal with it, Jefferson Houses too. It's going to rattle us and destroy us and nobody's saying anything. They're putting a bandaid on it and keeping it moving.<br/><br/>"I can't open my own window because I have asthma and the pollution is so bad. We're getting nothing back from it. I've tried my best to get to the press, and they're always reporting about the noise downtown, but what about uptown? We've put up with rats, noise, pollution. We've put up with so much for the cause of helping the city, but it's not helping us. It didn't help us any, it made things worse. At the development, we feel like we've had a slap in the face. They're celebrating something that was paid for on our backs. Now, people have to miss days of work so they can stay home, so NYCHA can get into their apartments and fix plumbing broken by construction. Our pipes, one by one, are breaking.<br/><br/>"In my building itself, MTA turned off the gas. A building that's 60 years old, you can't just turn off the gas and turn it back on, and mine stood with no gas for eleven days. By the time they came, and redid the whole building, it took them 11 days. Their original proposal was six months. They were going to hand out hot plates.<br/><br/>"The new transportation hasn't made up for it."
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