Following deaths of pets and close encounters with birds, tenants in high-rise want safer windows

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    NEW YORK (WCBS) — Some residents say new home windows put in at their Harlem high-rise are making a well being hazard, welcoming pigeons and mosquitos into their properties.

A number of say their pets have even fallen out of the home windows and died, CBS2’s Lisa Rozner reported Thursday.

A fantastic view of the Hudson River got here with a tragic value for Ashley Matthews.

“Stuffed with character, um, she was the little love of my life,” Matthews mentioned.

She was referring to her cat Tofu, who fell to her loss of life 31 tales from Matthews’ house window in December after the constructing took out her screens and changed her conventional slide-up-and-down home windows with casement home windows, that are vertical and open outward and inward.

“There isn’t any crank. There’s no sort of mechanism to cease it from opening fully,” Matthews mentioned.

The constructing didn’t present new screens, or data on the right way to purchase them customized constructed.

Months earlier, Sofia Besyakov says the constructing threatened to sue her when she tried warning others, following the loss of life of her cat, Cleopatra.

“They mentioned, ‘It’s not our downside. Your cat is your accountability. In case your cat sits on the window, it’s your downside,’” Besyakov mentioned.

City American Administration owns 3333 Broadway, which is comprised of a number of towers, close to 133rd Road. It’s investing $8 million to make the window adjustments to all items, and says they’re power environment friendly.

However others say the home windows, with out screens, are usually not environment friendly at retaining out mosquitos and birds.

“I’m on the thirty fourth flooring and all sort of bugs are there. Even flies are coming in,” Claudia Smith mentioned.

“You get up, you see pigeons and poop and the whole lot. As a matter of reality, one flew onto my son’s head. He began crying,” William Dawkins mentioned.

Dawkins mentioned he has additionally requested the constructing for window guards to guard his 1- and 3-year-olds, however was instructed as a result of the home windows aren’t imagined to open past 4 and a half inches, the town doesn’t require the constructing present them.

So as an alternative, Dawkins tapes cardboard over all the window, so the children can’t contact the latches.

Claudine Isaac loves the aesthetics, however there was one shut name together with her son.

“He pushed it a little bit bit and I acquired a little bit bit scared, however I rectified that by placing some furnishings proper subsequent to it,” Isaac mentioned.

Some residents who refused to just accept new home windows have obtained letters from the administration firm saying they might quickly have to maneuver out.

“That’s not acceptable, so we’re not going to take a seat right here within the lifeless of summer time with 90-degree warmth and never have screens within the home windows,” Rachel Henderson mentioned.

“I’ve written them repeatedly asking for the producer’s information so I can speak to them,” John Dawsey added.

A former tenant mentioned one other property the corporate beforehand owned, Heritage Towers alongside Central Park, did get the brand new home windows with screens put in.

“To me, that’s discrimination, and after I requested City American about it they couldn’t keep in mind,” mentioned Lana Orin, a former tenant, who added she believes City Administration wouldn’t renew her lease as a result of her advocacy on the difficulty.

Impartial buildings professional and president of RIP Building Consultants Steven Salvensen mentioned he has by no means obtained complaints about casement home windows. He added, “However after all, if there’s no screenage, or baby guards there, then these animals could be topic to falling out of these home windows.”

City American Administration declined to talk with CBS2 on digital camera.

A spokesperson mentioned through e-mail, “We’re very saddened by the lack of any pet and hope that our extra security measures and suggestions to residents will guarantee no future pets are misplaced. Whereas screens are usually not a security function and won’t get rid of this threat, we’ll start putting in them subsequent week for many who have requested one. We urge all residents to be vigilant in supervising any pets that stroll or relaxation on sills and to by no means go away them unattended with an open window. We’re proud to convey these a lot wanted, safer home windows to the constructing. The earlier home windows weren’t solely unpleasant however unsafe and previous their helpful life. As a substitute, this $8 million funding is an improve that improves the standard of lifetime of the residents whereas additionally being safer.”

The corporate claims in one of many situations the place a pet died, there was a display in place. It provides the constructing was inbuilt 1975 and the unique home windows are 25 years previous their helpful life. The previous home windows are usually not effectively insulated, drafty, heavy and after a long time of damage and tear, they don’t work effectively and might trigger damage. It provides the brand new widows are designed to code to be baby secure so window guards aren’t wanted.

A spokesperson for NYC Housing Preservation and Growth mentioned the constructing has been inspected previously and home windows have the proper limiting arms on the prime and backside of the window. The company added if a tenant believes the limiting machine within the house shouldn’t be correctly put in, and retains the window from opening greater than 4 and a half inches in any route, that they need to report it to the owner and name 311 if the difficulty shouldn’t be addressed.

The company mentioned screens are usually not required beneath the Housing Upkeep Code and don’t present safety towards window falls. Nonetheless, HPD and the NYC Division of Well being have window guard necessities for situations like this the place tenants are involved for his or her baby’s security.

The Division of Well being supplied this hyperlink for tenants involved about questions of safety:

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