Neighbors complain of stench coming from $1 million ‘zombie house’ in Staten Island

Posted at 7:10 PM, Aug 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-23 10:06:15-04

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A home in Staten Island doesn't fit in with its million-dollar neighbors.

The house, located at 76 Joline Ave., has been abandoned for months but before that, squatters lived there. What’s left behind is rotting garbage, overgrown weeds and a front porch that is falling apart.

The pool in the backyard is filled with a green slime and old furniture.

"It definitely needs to be taken care of," said Dennis, who lives two doors down. "It's bad."

PIX11 News searched city records and found seven complaints were made with the Department of Buildings about the home in the last year. There are 12 open violations with the DOB and the last owner owes the city more than $58,000 in penalties.

The last owner of the home could not be reached for comment.