More than 20 percent of Brooklyn’s smoking complaints come from one building
You’ll never guess which New York borough has filed the most 311 complaints about smoking in buildings over the past year. [Cough] It’s Brooklyn [cough].
Between August 2018 and August 2019, more than 500 complaints were lodged by Brooklynites to the city’s non-emergency hotline regarding smoking-related issues, according to an analysis by real estate data portal Localize.city. But one building may have skewed those numbers.
More than 5 percent of the entire city’s smoking-related complaints — and more than 20 percent of Brooklyn’s — came from a single Bedford-Stuyvesant address: 270 Pulaski St. The 72-unit building was responsible for 123 complaints about smoking over the past year.
“If I had asthma, or children with asthma, I’d think twice about moving into a building like this,” said Aaron Ghitelman of Localize.city.
Citywide, residents filed more than 1,800 complaints with 311 over the past year, according to the study.
The city established a new law in 2017 that requires landlords to “create and share a policy on smoking with current and future tenants,” so that people could make more informed decisions on where to live if they smoke, or if they are bothered by others sparking up.
Here’s the breakdown of complaints borough by borough:
- Brooklyn: 557 complaints across 172 buildings
- Manhattan: 540 complaints across 179 buildings
- The Bronx: 394 complaints across 141 buildings
- Queens: 262 complaints across 92 buildings
- Staten Island: 85 complaints across 11 buildings
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