'We don't feel safe.' Yonkers tenants say kids trashed building over weekend

They said they woke up to the smell of marijuana and the sight of burnt-out buds on the stairwells, as well as fire hydrant foam remnants in the hallway.

News 12 Staff

Apr 4, 2022, 9:52 PM

Updated 838 days ago

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Tenants at a Yonkers apartment building say kids left garbage and caused damage inside their building over the weekend.
They said they woke up to the smell of marijuana and the sight of burnt-out buds on the stairwells, as well as fire hydrant foam remnants in the hallway.
"We don't feel safe, that's all there is to it," said Ivy Reeves, who has lived at 5 Whelan Place for 11 years. She said disturbances from kids have increased over the past few years.
"My nerves are so bad. Every Friday I'm thinking, 'Oh my God! Are they going to be running through hallway? Are they going to be kicking the door?'" Reeves said.
Tenants said kids broke into the building yet again this past Friday night and caused noise and physical destruction.
"Saturday morning, some of the neighbors knocked on my door and they were saying, 'Ivy, did you see downstairs?'" Reeves said.
Tenants woke up to a trashed hallway, a littered stairwell and the elevator out of service.
With the door handle broken on the elevator door, tenants had to go up an extra flight of stairs if they live on the second floor.
On Monday morning, maintenance personnel started to repair some of the damage.
"They come in and they clean, but let me just say it's not fair to anybody," Reeves said and added that the kids who caused the havoc don't live in the building.
"We don't know who these children are, we don't know where they live," she said.
Both Reeves and another tenant said that police told them there's not much they can do because the kids are underage.
A maintenance person also told News 12 that a solution they're working on is to get security.
The spokesperson for the property sent News 12 a statement that says in part, "We are working with the city and the police to take action to prevent these incidents in the future. We are also reviewing footage from the property's security cameras. We take health and safety issues very seriously."


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