Building on UWS Hasn’t Had Heat for Weeks: Report

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Residents of an Upper West Side building have been without heat for almost a month, and they’re hoping this indoor cold snap is approaching its conclusion.


Con Edison told CBS News that they had to turn the heat off to fix a corroded gas pipe in front of the West 74th Street building. While the initial report does not include an address, ILTUWS has identified 236 West 74th Street (between Broadway and West End Avenue) as the effected building.

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The rental building has four stories and either eight or nine apartments, according to Streeteasy, and it was built in 1900.

While the building owner – who public records and media outlets indicate is Peter Hungerford of PH Realty Capital – has offered tenants space heaters, the temperatures are still “unbearable,” and residents don’t see this as an adequate solution. They’ve also been forced to wear multiple layers of clothing.

“If everybody has multiple space heaters on 24 hours, that could overload the electrical system of the building and cause a fire,” resident Karin Deville told CBS News.


While the building’s cooking gas was turned back on earlier this month, Con Ed has yet to turn on the heat because of “interior work still being done to the plumbing,” per CBS. A final inspection reportedly took place on Tuesday.

According to public records, Hungerford owns or is associated with 37 buildings, including 38 West 75th Street, 54 West 75th Street, 232 West 74th Street and 244 West 74th Street.


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