The majority of NYCHA developments have broken down front doors

More than half of the developments operated by the city’s embattled housing authority have doors that were either forced open or stuck during a recent inspection, a new audit found.

City tax officials found that 57.9 percent of the 262 NYCHA complexes they inspected had doors that were not properly secured — more than double the 23.5 percent in the last rapid inspection in 2018.

“We have found numerous instances where doors have been held open with bricks, stones or other objects to prevent them from being locked,” the Comptroller’s Office said in a letter it sent to NYCHA on Tuesday. “We also found that many door locks did not engage securely with the door frames or strike plates, and in some cases it appeared that door and frame magnets that were supposed to secure the doors were missing or not working.”

The letter added: “Unsafely locked exterior doors allow intruders and unauthorized persons access to buildings and potentially endanger residents and eligible guests.”

City tax officials found that 57.9 percent of the 262 NYCHA complexes they inspected had doors that were not properly secured.
More than half of NYCHA developments have doors that were either forced open or jammed.
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Photos taken by inspectors as they swept through two-thirds of NYCHA’s 335 developments show that one housing development, Marble Hill Houses in the Bronx, had an entrance that was completely missing a door.

Another image shows a front door at the Bay View Houses in Brooklyn that was missing the glass, allowing someone to easily put their arm in.

Overall, more than a third of the projects surveyed – 37% – had at least one front door that was improperly left open, while 40% had at least one with a broken lock.

The crisis is worst in Brooklyn, where a staggering 66% of developments had at least one door malfunctioning, up a staggering 49% from 2018.

One complex had an entire door blown off its hinges.
Audits have shown that NYCHA has struggled with maintenance and security over the past decade.
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NYCHA’s best door maintenance was found in Queens, where just over half of the agency’s developments had doors, all of which were working properly when examiners visited them.

Lander’s report is the latest in a more than decade-long string of maintenance, safety and public health scandals at the housing authority, which has suffered from years of mismanagement and underfunding.

The scandal-ridden agency is the largest landlord in the Big Apple, offering housing to more than 300,000 New Yorkers.

Then-Mayor Bill de Blasio struck a deal with federal prosecutors in 2019 that put the agency under partial monitor control after prosecutors revealed officials there had lied for years about looking for lead paint when children got sick.

NYCHA is also under a court order to overhaul its mold remediation practices after years of failing to adequately control outbreaks of the dangerous fungus in developments.

Additionally, for years, tenants have complained of failures to control rodent infestations, repair trash compactors, properly maintain elevators, and make basic repairs in units.

NYCHA did not immediately respond to a message asking for comment.

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