I was walking by and I was like, man, I smell pine, it smells real good, Ramirez recalled. And you know what it was? They were cleaning the center. Now I know why. Residents of Staten Island's NYCHA-managed Mariners Harbor Houses wish their lawns could be cleaned once in a while without a mayoral visit spurring the effort. Image by: Jillian Jorgensen/New York Daily News The buildings are plagued by roaches and mice, said Aponte, who in 2016 was awarded $250,000 in a lawsuit against NYCHA over bedbugs in her apartment. NYCHA has appealed the decision, while Aponte says the unit still has bedbugs. The community center thats getting a facelift is the only place for kids in housing development, she noted summer sprinklers wont turn on until late July, and renovations to a nearby city park include permanently shuttering a swimming pool. You cant barbecue out here. If you barbecue, the cops will give you a fine. You cant have parties out here because the cops will give you a fine, she said. NYCHA does nothing for their community.
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