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reporting dangerous conditions in NYC

Posted by Hillary R on February 14, 2000 at 11:07:28:

I'm subletting a co-op in a brownstone in NYC; this is my first apartment without a guarantor. I plan to move out of this weird building when this lease is up. It is the blight of the block. They don't clean the halls, broken lights stay broken, the garbage is a mess: it attracts rats, the sidewalk is broken, etc. The shareholders all live here; they all have college/graduate degrees. I don't want to report most of the problems or withhold rent: I don't want to get blacklisted by these things. I will report anything really serious. One shareholder is, well, 'off': seriously 'off'; the others avoid dealing with him; talk is that he's a director and holds the purse-strings. It's like living in one big dysfunctional family: one crazy guy, everyone else warped by dancing to his tunes.

That is why I'm writing: there is a 2-year old in the apartment above me, her parents are shareholders and officers. They do not have window guards and the kid can run from the kitchen to the living room windows in two seconds flat. No one sent me a window guard form in January either. I know that I can call the Department of Health and will this week, hopefully anonymously, but I would like to do this in the way that has the most impact, that will maybe open their eyes a little to other bad conditions.

So the question is: other than just calling DOH, who can I call? The police? Some social service agency? This is child-endangerment, child-neglect, wanton disregard for child safety and the law. Any suggestions?

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