Some enormous sinkholes created by Hurricane Sandy have become part of the landscape near one city housing complex, and tenants there are demanding that the New York City Housing Authority fills the holes. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following report.
A huge hole is giving housing residents in Coney Island a sinking feeling.
"This is serious," said tenant Julia Daniely. "Somebody could seriously get hurt. They could fall in. It could actually maybe even grow bigger and expand as it starts to cave in more."
It's a grave concern for tenants of Carey Gardens in Coney Island, where a massive sinkhole, plus another sizable one nearby, have sat since forming during Hurricane Sandy.
"Our children have to play in there," said one tenant. "Suppose one of these children get hurt?"
"It's a hole," said another. "What do you need to cover a hole?"
"Fill it up with something," Daniely said. "Close it off. Do something. Do something."
"We don't want our children to get hurt," said another tenant.
NY1 for You called NYCHA, and a spokesperson released the following statement: "The New York City Housing Authority has assessed these holes and determined that they pose no danger to the building. In the meantime, staff has protected the area with a chain-link fence and yellow caution tape while repairs can be made. NYCHA has already put bids out to make post-Sandy repairs, including addressing these holes, and expects work to begin shortly."
It's a response that tenants say they've been hearing for several months now, one which leaves the nervous residents all with the same question on their minds:
"What are they going to do, wait for somebody to fall in to actually do something about it?" Daniely said.
NY1 for You will keep you updated.