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NY1 For You: Hurricane-Wrecked Playground Is Off-Limits To Coney Island Residents

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Life for many New Yorkers affected by Hurricane Sandy has still not returned to normal, and that is apparent at one public housing development on Coney Island, where residents say they want their playground and community center back. NY1's Susan Jhun filed the following NY1 For You report.

The playground at Carey Gardens in Coney Island is hardly a safe place for children to play, and parents living in the Brooklyn housing project are well aware of that.

"It's dirty, everything is lifted up," says tenant Julia Daniely.

"The molding has been coming up and it's very unsanitary and unsafe for these children," says tenant Coretta Callender Faulk.

The playground has been a wreck ever since Hurricane Sandy swept through the area, leaving it in disarray.

Carey Gardens tenants say the loss of the playground and their community center, which was also shut down due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, has severely cramped their quality of life.

"They haven't even actually taken a look at our park either. Being that we don't have a center, not even the park is accessible to the kids," says Daniely.

NY1 contacted the New York City Housing Authority and a spokesperson says the station that detailed plans are being prepared to repair the community center. The housing authority expects to begin improvements as early as this summer and will continue for some time, depending on exactly what long-term planned work gets funded.

The spokesperson goes on to say that as repairs approach completion, NYCHA will determine when to resume full or partial operation of the center.

As for the playground, the spokesperson says NYCHA was planning to complete temporary repairs by Memorial Day, but that work has been delayed temporarily.

So Carey Gardens residents are in a holding pattern, waiting to resume life the way it was six months ago. NY1 For You will continue to follow this situation.

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