Brooklyn residents outraged over elevator outage

March 3, 2010 2:47:28 PM PST
There is frustration and anger for dozens of people in Brooklyn who have been living in an apartment building with no elevator for weeks. And for a lot of them, the problem is just frustrating. But for others, it's a health concern.

A few steps from a chair, over to the sofa. They are easy footsteps for some. But it is exhausting for 57-year-old Minya Litsky, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.

Her only wait to get around is in a wheelchair. But for the last month, it hasn't gotten her much farther than her front door. She says she actually forgets the last time she was outside, though she's anxious to get back out there.

The elevator in her building in Midwood, Brooklyn, isn't working. She's missed doctors appointments, and if there's a fire, other residents can take the stairs. Not her.

Seventy-three-year-old Nadya Kpichbikova, who lives on the third floor, says she has to take breaks as she heads up to her apartment.

"There's a lot of old people and sick people," she said. "So we need elevator. We need to fix it."

A woman who answered the phone for Dalster Management tells Eyewitness News they were required to upgrade the elevators at all of their properties, which would take five to six weeks. She didn't say when the repairs would be finished.

That is not good enough for Nadya. Her 91-year-old mother is recovering from stomach cancer and is wheelchair bound too.

"Without elevator, we can't do nothing," she said. "Not go to doctor. No do nothing."