Woman claims spotty elevators keep her trapped in Edenwald apartment

A woman who uses a wheelchair says she's trapped in her Edenwald apartment because of an elevator in her building that often loses service.

News 12 Staff

Aug 7, 2019, 12:18 AM

Updated 1,716 days ago

Share:

A woman who uses a wheelchair says she's trapped in her Edenwald apartment because of an elevator in her building that often loses service.
The woman, who didn't want to give her name or show her face on camera, says the building at 1920 Schieffelin Ave., part of the Baychester Houses. She says the elevator has been out at the six-floor building for multiple days.
The woman claims in the 20 years she has lived there, reliable elevator service has been hard to come by.
"One day it's on ... two or three days it's out. Or one week it's on and one week it's out," the woman says.
A Department of Buildings search shows some elevator issues over the years, with the most recent complaint listed in May.
For now, the tenant says she remains hopeful someone will hear her message and work on a permanent fix.
The management company responded in a statement, saying, "We took over management from NYCHA in late December 2018 and immediately began addressing the critical physical needs of the property. We are in the midst of a $49 million renovation including full modernization of its aging elevators. The Baychester complex has only a single elevator per building, which makes it especially trying when one goes down. We issue regular notices and host meetings to keep residents updated on ongoing outages and work, and have assigned on-site staff to assist residents with any mobility issues that arise."
 


More from News 12
1:48
Dreary and gusty with cool temperatures for NYC; tracking rain for Friday night

Dreary and gusty with cool temperatures for NYC; tracking rain for Friday night

0:28
NYPD: 19-year-old fatally stabbed after parking dispute in Morris Heights; suspect at large

NYPD: 19-year-old fatally stabbed after parking dispute in Morris Heights; suspect at large

1:14
Thunderbolt 12: Bronx River Parkway undergoes construction; prepare for traffic delays

Thunderbolt 12: Bronx River Parkway undergoes construction; prepare for traffic delays

1:53
Bronx man hard at work to fight off catalytic converter thieves

Bronx man hard at work to fight off catalytic converter thieves

0:26
NYPD: Man wanted for breaking into Bronx building twice in 10 days

NYPD: Man wanted for breaking into Bronx building twice in 10 days

0:24
Police: Man steals 77-year-old's wallet at Chase Bank in Kingsbridge

Police: Man steals 77-year-old's wallet at Chase Bank in Kingsbridge

0:23
Spring Arrival: Hummingbirds heading to New York

Spring Arrival: Hummingbirds heading to New York

2:19
Denim takes over Bronx Borough Hall for day dedicated to raising sexual assault awareness

Denim takes over Bronx Borough Hall for day dedicated to raising sexual assault awareness

1:34
NYPD says new campaign has lowered crime citywide; some New Yorkers don’t buy it

NYPD says new campaign has lowered crime citywide; some New Yorkers don’t buy it

2:09
Federal civil rights complaint filed against NYC Public Schools Athletic League

Federal civil rights complaint filed against NYC Public Schools Athletic League

2:10
NYS Federation of Taxi Drivers offer $5,000 reward after string of carjackings and robberies

NYS Federation of Taxi Drivers offer $5,000 reward after string of carjackings and robberies

2:13
Police: 34-year-old motorcycle driver dies in crash with SUV, parked car

Police: 34-year-old motorcycle driver dies in crash with SUV, parked car

2:21
Bronx advocates closer than ever to opening birthing center

Bronx advocates closer than ever to opening birthing center

1:51
NYC charter school system serving school lunches made from scratch

NYC charter school system serving school lunches made from scratch

2:39
Man fatally shot in Mount Eden identified by police

Man fatally shot in Mount Eden identified by police

1:42
NY Road Runners announce new initiative with NYC Public Schools

NY Road Runners announce new initiative with NYC Public Schools

0:33
NYPD: Man arrested, charged with murder for fatal Tremont deli shooting

NYPD: Man arrested, charged with murder for fatal Tremont deli shooting

2:38
Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy hosts Mayor Adams community conversation

Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy hosts Mayor Adams community conversation

0:41
Commuter alert: Additional construction starts today along Bronx River Parkway

Commuter alert: Additional construction starts today along Bronx River Parkway

Guide: Stay safe while traveling through work zones with these 6 tips

Guide: Stay safe while traveling through work zones with these 6 tips