Monica catches viewers up on how she's Making It Happen this week:
Shatia Holland says she hasn't used her kitchen in eight months inside her apartment at the Metro North Plaza.
“It’s aggravating. I can’t let my children see me fold. I have to take it on the chin,” Holland said.
Holland says especially worried about the health her one year old daughter, Julissa: “It’s not good for the baby to breathe this in. I think our house is making the baby sick."
NYCHA spokesperson says staff addressed and abated a leak from above Holland’s apartment Tuesday and staff is scheduling plastering for this apartment. Staff is scheduling plastering for this apartment, and painting will be scheduled once plastering is complete.
Holland got repairs in her kitchen she is still waiting for repairs to her bathroom and hallway.
Luz Nazario lives at the Parkside Houses in the Bronx. Nazario had been waiting for a transfer to another apartment, a lower floor, after suffering a recent stroke.
The apartment she is living in now is falling apart, she has mold in her kitchen, and her apartment is infested with roaches.
According to NYCHA, the vacancy rate in NYCHA is less than 1 % — that translates into just 187 vacant apartments across the city in NYCHA.
Nazario says after waiting for years, she finally got a transfer to another apartment. But Nazario says it’s in worse condition than the one she has now.
Nazario says just wants repairs to be done her new apartment, so she can live in a safe clean home with her two dogs.
When she tweeted her housing problem, Cynthia Tibbs and Viviana wrenn, two moms who PIX11 has helped with housing problems in the past, sprung into action. We helped Wrenn, back In December get repairs. Wrenn personally visited Nazario, giving her support and a hug.
“It’s like a little army I’m so thankful. I feel something good is going to happen,” Nazario said.
A NYCHA spokesperson says, “NYCHA prioritizes immediate health and safety concerns in our residents’ homes. We ask that all residents continue to use the MyNychaApp or call the Customer Contact Center at 718-707-7771 to create a work order ticket for any maintenance needs.”
Staff will reach out to resident regarding repair requests at her current apartment. Once a resident moves out of a NYCHA apartment, staff inspects for and schedules any necessary repairs before the next resident can move in. Staff will typically show an apartment to a resident before repairs are completed to ensure the new apartment meets the resident’s needs before move-in.
Nazario got an emergency check and is still waiting on nycha to make repairs on het new apartment.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. — People are fighting back against Airbnb regulations recently enacted in Jersey City.
"As a renter, the ordinance will basically kill everything I do," said Jeff Hauta, an Airbnb host.
Hauta is divorced, so when his two kids are not staying in his spare bedroom he often rents out their room.
"A lot of us are struggling parents with kids," he said. "Just trying to make extra money."
He is one of over 20,000 people who signed a written petition to rescind a new ordinance that would directly ban him and stifle others from renting Airbnb or other short-term rental sites.
The ordinance would:
cap short term rentals at 60-days or less;
ban big buildings that contain 4 units or more;
and stop renters from subletting their place as short-term rentals.
Supporters of this rule say short-term rentals drive up rents and hurt residents’ quality of life.
“It protects homeowners and it protects neighborhoods," said Ward B Councilwoman Mira Prinz-Arey, a sponsor of the ordinance. "People were buying investment property and opening up, what were essentially small hotels across Jersey City.”
She and her co-sponsor behind this idea are not backing down.
“It was taking away long term housing and that was driving rent up,” said Ward E Councilman James Solomon.
But Airbnb says this rule could sink people.
"We have thousands of residents built up their livelihood around this economy," said Airbnb spokeswoman Liz Debold Fusco.
If the council does not rescind the ordinance, the question will be put on the ballot on Election Day in November.
If it fails at the polls — these new regulations will begin to take effect on Jan. 1, 2020 and will be fully phased in by 2021.
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — It one of the most significant events in modern history, and many of the residents of Sutton Park Rehab Center joined 650 million other people around the world watch as man first walked on the moon 50 years ago.
“It was like fantasy land,” Carlton Jackson, 66, said. “It was overwhelming. It was hundreds of thousands of miles away and we could visually see it."
It was a 50th anniversary of the moon landing viewing party.
And many of these residents were teenagers when Neil Armstrong said those famous words on July 20, 1969: “One small step for man. One giant leap for mankind.”
Luciano Guerrero, 64, remembered: “I had to listen carefully to Neil Armstrong say that. I had to ask my father ‘what did he say?’ I was hanging on every moment,” he added.
With a mooncake, NASA attire and a toast of Tang, the original drink the astronauts had in space, it was a chance to share memories.
Ed Lynch, 74, was in the Navy at the time.
“I was in the barracks and a cheer went up,” Lynch said. “ I could not believe what I was seeing."
It’s a historic moment frozen in time that some say now needs the feminine touch.
“It’s about time for a female astronaut to walk on the moon,” Sutton Park Activities Director Lillian Teska said.
Many of these residents say they like the idea of NASA sending people back to the moon by 2024 and this next time many say they’re hoping that one of them will be a woman.
DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN -- The heat will be so intense this weekend that it could be deadly.
That's the word from both New York's health commissioner, and its mayor, who urge New Yorkers to take the heat emergency as seriously as they would a blizzard.
"Our fear is people dying," Mayor Bill De Blasio said at a news conference Friday afternoon regarding the heat emergency he declared through an executive order. "People may not be expecting a heat index of 110," the mayor warned. "That's gonna feel like over 110 degrees."
He added that while city officials had already been planning for temperatures approaching or exceeding 100 degrees on Saturday, and climbing to near that level on Sunday, "the situation for Sunday has gotten even worse."
The heat indexes for both days will be in the 110s. The health commissioner's advice is to stay indoors, in air conditioning if at all possible.
If someone absolutely has to go out, Mayor De Blasio said, "Specifically, stay out of the sun. There's a big difference if you're in the sun or not."
PIX11 News measured at least a 10 degree difference between sunny and shady areas.
Again, however, air conditioning was the recommended way to beat the record high temperatures.
To power the AC, as well all of the region's other needs, Con Edison's president made a bold statement about power delivery.
"By any measure," Tim Cawley said, "we are the most reliable" mode of electricity delivery "in the United States," the president said, in spite of the utility having experienced a blackout last weekend that left more than 250 city blocks in Manhattan -- including Times Square, and the Broadway Theater District -- in the dark.
Cawley said that he's confident because the electrical grid is set up to handle its highest possible capacity. The highest usage the system has ever seen was exactly six years ago Friday, on July 19th, 2013. That's when customers used 13,322 megawatts of power. A megawatt is 1 million watts of electricity.
That usage occurred on a weekday, when the most customers rely on the system. The highest ever weekend usage was on August 13th, 2016. 11, 855 megawatts were used.
This weekend, the near-record temperatures are expected to cause customers to break the weekend usage record. 11,900 megawatts of power are expected to be needed, if New Yorkers are to follow the city's advice.
"With it being 110 outside tomorrow," said Caz Cummings, a canvasser at Union Square Park, "we've just got to stay hydrated. Or just stay inside."
Sofia Hisham is originally from Marrakesh, Morocco, a desert city in North Africa. She said that she's not going anywhere this weekend, as she tries to fight the humidity that's in sharp contrast to the dry, high heat to which she's accustomed.
"Our temperature can go up to 120," she told PIX11 News. "Somehow," she said, "it seems cooler in there."
Fifty years ago this weekend, two American astronauts became the first humans to walk on the moon. Their 250,000-mile journey marked an important milestone in space exploration and in the U.S. space program. NASA had planned to follow through with nine more Apollo moon missions to explore and collect scientific data. But six months after that first historic landing, federal officials began cutting funds to the program. Apollo 17 in 1972 would be the sixth and final mission for the Apollo program and the last time humans have set foot on the moon.
We hear from former NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino, who has logged over 570 hours in space and conducted four spacewalks including one to make repairs on the Hubble telescope. He tells us more about the inner workings at NASA, what it’s like to step outside a spacecraft into space, and what the future of space exploration looks like.
MANHATTAN — Several lines on the New York City Subway are delayed due to what the MTA is calling a “network communications issue.”
The MTA says the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and S trains are currently delayed. Those are trains that all run through Penn Station, except for the S, which is a shuttle between Grand Central Station and Times Square.
Passengers are being advised to consider alternate travel, including “lettered” lines, as service is affected in both directions.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and Grand Central-42 St S trains are delayed while we work to resolve a network communications issue that is affecting service in both directions.
Passengers should consider using alternative travel, such as a "lettered" line, at this time.
HARLEM — One of the most important things to look out for during a heat wave is how things are going at city community centers and cooling centers.
It was hot inside NYCHA's Johnson Houses Community Center Thursday even though it’s supposed to be a cooling center.
PIX11 went back Friday to check and air conditioning had been turned on.
The NYCHA center saw over a hundred children for a program called Scan NY, a non profit group that provides support for high risk families in Harlem and the Bronx. They rent out the space from NYCHA.
Thursday, the air was on in the gym for kids to play but three Classrooms did not have AC.
Friday, the kids were on a field trip, classrooms are empty but air conditioning is in the way. However, a few blocks away there was no AC at the Clinton Houses Community Center. On Thursday, the gym was like a sauna.
On Friday, NYCHA finally delivered air conditioning to the gym.