Residents show concerns over NYCHA’s redevelopment plans
by Rahinur Akther
Apr 24, 2013 | 1021 views | 0 0 comments | 23 23 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Astoria seniors are growing increasingly frustrated with their living condition, and feel neglected by the neighborhood’s newer residents as the population skews younger and younger.

At a town hall meeting earlier this month at the Museum of Moving Image, where they discussed senior citizen services, noise issues, medical and health programs and difficulty using mass transit with city and elected officials.

Many requested the construction of an elevator at the 39th Avenue subway station to provide easier access.

“I agree with the question about the elevator for the train,” said longtime resident Elizabeth Castanis. “When you cannot reach the train because there are so many stairs, you either use the train or the taxi to go to the city and people cannot afford that all the time.”

On improving access, an MTA representative replied the agency is trying their best to do everything, but it also cannot put an elevator in every station.

Another issue was that increasing noise in the neighborhood. Some senior citizens complained that restaurants have loud music and noise at night, disrupting their sleep every night, especially on weekends.

“This meeting was not only about raising the issues, but also solving the issues,” promised Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas. But some left disappointed, with one attendee saying “three hours, just a waste of time.”

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