2001-03-15 / Top Stories

Breukelen Houses To Get $4.5M In Improvements

Breukelen Houses To Get $4.5M In Improvements

Breukelen Houses To Get $4.5M In Improvements

Breukelen Houses, built in 1952, has 1,595 apartments and houses more than 4,000 tenants. The grounds are due for a $4.5 million revitalization.Breukelen Houses, built in 1952, has 1,595 apartments and houses more than 4,000 tenants. The grounds are due for a $4.5 million revitalization.

The grounds around Canarsie’s Breukelen Houses, located in northeastern Canarsie and covering a full 65 acres, have never looked "shabby," according to some tenants, who also admit, though, that they "could use a brightening up and a few things fixed."

Addressing this request, the New York City Housing Authority has come through handily and will see to it that the grounds undergo major improvements in the near future, including a new playground for children. The improvements will cost approximately $4,560,000, according to Housing Authority sources.

The playground equipment will be installed on rubberized safety surfaces and spray showers will be put in so youngsters can cool off during the hot summer months. Development site improvements will include new fencing, pavement and curbs. Also included will be improved lighting, new shrubs and trees and trash compactors.

"This is in keeping with our overall goal to make everything old, new again, so that this most affordable housing in this city will be able to provide safe, decent homes for generations to come," said NYCHA Chairman John G. Martinez. The construction is expected to be completed next year.

Breukelen Houses consists of 30 buildings and houses an estimated 4,000 people. It is bounded by Flatlands Avenue, East 103rd Street, Williams Avenue and Stanley Avenue.

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