Over 4,000 NYCHA tenants lose heat and hot water as city announces boiler order


The same day that Mayor de Blasio announced a plan to upgrade the heating and water systems in public housing, more than 4,000 of the tenants lost heat and hot water.

Residents of the Ralph Rangel Houses in Washington Heights and Hammel Houses in Far Rockaway lost both heat and hot water Thursday, while tenants at the Walt Whitman Houses in Fort Green, Brooklyn, lost their hot water, according to an online tracker.

At a press conference on the Lower East Side, the mayor said boilers had been replaced at 12 developments and five new mobile boilers had been put into use since last winter, when 323,098 residents lost heat.