Nearly 5,000 residents at a Bronx public housing complex spent Friday without any heat or hot water, on a day when temperatures in the borough were expected to dip into the 20s.
Tenants at the Castle Hill Houses – many of them elderly residents and children – endured the frigid weather on the coldest day of the season thus far. The incident is the latest in a series of heat outages reported at the complex over the span of decades, with city officials repeatedly promising fixes to Castle Hill Houses’ infrastructure.
New York City Housing Authority officials said they expected heat and hot water to be back on in the complex Friday night.
Kevin Deutsch is a Staff Writer for Bronx Justice News covering the criminal justice system, drugs, and DNA use by law enforcement. An award-winning journalist, Deutsch is the author of the true crime books "Pill City" and "The Triangle." He has worked on staff at the Daily News, Miami Herald, Newsday, The Palm Beach Post, and The Riverdale Press. His work has also appeared in Newsweek, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Forward, The Independent, Huffington Post, Orlando Sentinel, and the New York Post, among other publications. His numerous television appearances include spots on CNN, MSNBC, and C-SPAN's BookTV. He has also been featured in The New Yorker. A Bronx resident, Deutsch hosts the true crime podcast "A Dark Turn" on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network.