Rats and roaches pour through woman’s wall in NYCHA building

Posted: 6:53 PM, Dec 13, 2012
Updated: 2013-01-23 12:20:44-05

A city leader called PIX11 for help.
Rats are taking over one woman’s walls in Ravenswood Houses in Astoria, Queens — rodents and roaches are coming into her bedroom and she wants the city to step in and help before her grandchildren get sick.
If you had to live with what Laura Meyers has to live with everyday take a look for yourself, you would also be angry at the city.


Laura Meyers says the NYCHA only went as far as putting a plastic bag over the hole that rats and roaches use to get into her apartment

“You don’t want to bring people here, my neighbors say ‘you are living in poverty,’ this is New York City Housing Authority!”
The hole in the wall looks terrible, but it’s the disgusting creatures that crawl into her bedroom at night that keep her up.
“Something is always coming out of there — water bugs and now centipedes!! Meyers said.  “NYCHA put garbage bags on one of these holes, that’s how they repaired!”
Meyers lives in councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer’s district and he called PIX11 about the situation.
“We know they have a backlog, that’s their response.  But there are too many cases like this and the system is not working.”
When PIX11 reached out to the New York City Housing Authority, a spokesperson told us that they were unable to reach Meyers and unable to talk to us about it until they do.  Meyers says she has been trying to improve her situation for six months.
“You would not want your worst enemy to live here, NYCHA has got to do better,” Meyers said.