Bronx grandma fights landlord and city, and gets to stay with PIX11’s help

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Crystal Mcern from the Bronx is like so many frustrated New Yorkers.

Living in a building, run by a landlord, run by the city, her apartment on Davidson Avenue desperately needs repairs.

"It looks like a trapdoor in the middle of my living room, and my 1-year-old granddaughter is playing right there," Mcern said.

She has rotting wood around her doors. Her daughters bedroom is coming off the hinges. And her kitchen sink, is coming off.

She says she has been fighting her landlord since March 2015 to make repairs. She says the city inspected recently and she says she has to leave.

But she wants to stay in her home of 34 years, where she has raised her eight kids and now eight grandkids.

She said she's angry, sad, and "all of the above."

PIX11news reached out to her landlord, and our calls were not returned.

But the city had good news for Mcern.

Housing Preservation and Development tells PIX11 News they are working with the tenant, and will buy her time so the landlord makes the necessary repairs and so she can stay in her home.

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