“There are a lot of senior citizens in this building and they haven’t been able to cook,” said Eva Grubler, 53, who lives in one of the buildings. “I think we should be compensated.”
The gas for the E. 20th St. buildings was turned off last Monday due to a leak in the main feeder pipe, said Robert Lawson, a spokesman for owner Tishman Speyer. The management said it’s working with Con Edison to get the gas back as soon as possible.
Con Edison can’t turn the gas on until all necessary repairs have been made, said Con Ed spokesman Alfonso Quiroz.
“We’re not going to restore gas until the situation is safe,” he said.
Lawson said management has been providing meals for residents. Residents said the food doesn’t fit some folks’ dietary restrictions and often runs out because nonresidents are sneaking in to eat.
Su Han, 41, said that dinner was served too late for her 7-year-old daughter and the food often wasn’t appealing.
“We’re eating out and it’s not cheap,” said Han.
Bob Stoller, 94, said that he and his wife have been improvising food, but they want to know when the gas will be back.
“Nobody tells you anything,” he said.
Residents said that workmen entered their apartments, even when no one was home.
“At 8 in the morning on Sunday, four huge men came into the apartment,” said Fernanda Sanchez, 25, a student at Parsons School of Design.
The workers, who were accompanied by a security guard, drilled into the wall and tore the kitchen apart while Sanchez and her roommate were still in their pajamas.
“It’s really, really annoying,” Sanchez said.