Throggs Neck building residents worried for their safety following partial ceiling collapse

The fire department says it received the call around 4 p.m. on Saturday and found a section of the building's ceiling collapsed.

News 12 Staff

Feb 8, 2022, 12:47 AM

Updated 838 days ago

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Residents at the Throggs Neck Houses say they are afraid for their safety after their building partially collapsed this past weekend.
Steam still flows from the gaping hole in the collapsed ceiling at 2755 Dewey Ave.
Exposed metal shows remnants of the building's insulation that was once covered by concrete, which is now crumbled on the ground between the blue columns that support the apartments above.
Neighbors say they don't feel safe.
"I got six kids in the house, it's very dangerous, anything could happen," Mike Fontanez said.
The fire department says it received the call around 4 p.m. on Saturday and found a section of the building's ceiling collapsed.
People who live on the second floor said they're scared the rest will fall.
"I'm afraid of going to bed one night and not getting up because that side of the building has just collapsed," Mercedes Medina said.
News 12 spoke to the woman who lives right above the collapse. She said, in Spanish, that her bed is right there and that she was afraid to sleep at that location. She added that she has been sleeping in the living room and she was thankful that her neighbor came to check on her.
"When I heard it, I thought it was a truck or a car had a crash, but I looked out the window and I didn't see no vehicle," Angeli Feliciano said.
Feliciano said the FDNY told her daughter it was safe to stay in the apartment. However, she and her neighbors have their doubts.
News 12 reached out to New York City Housing Authority, which said in a statement, "NYCHA staff discovered on Saturday that the soffit collapsed at Throggs Neck Houses. There were no injuries, and the area was inspected and cordoned off for safety. There is no structural damage and NYCHA staff are working on next steps to clean up and make repairs as necessary, as well as determining the cause of the collapse."
Residents said they want the damage fixed right away for everyone's safety.


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