As the city took its time to clean up the gory remnants of a savage slashing in her building this month, a Brooklyn mother was left holding the mop.
The morning of August 17, Shaquana Applewhite awoke to a scene straight out of “The Shining,” with blood splattered across four levels, the stairwells, and the lobby of the NYCHA’s Bushwick Homes. About one in the morning, a 34-year-old man who had been stabbed on the 14th floor fled through the 24 Humboldt Street building in search of assistance, leaving a trail of blood in his wake.
When Applewhite got home from work on Friday afternoon, the mess was still there. The task, which required the blood to soak in order to be cleaned, required two hours of Applewhite’s time and the purchase of cleaning tools. The outfits and footwear she wore afterwards had to be discarded.
According to Dwane Simmons, a NYCHA caretaker supervisor, a building caretaker also began cleaning the blood that day but was instructed to wait for a professional crew.
Alpha Medical Waste Removal was notified, according to Simmons, but had to wait until the police had finished their inquiry. Four days later, the cleanup team finally turned up.
NYCHA referred any inquiries concerning how the crime scene was handled to the Police, who merely stated that the investigation was still ongoing.
Living in Fear
The Post reported last week that the professionals performed a poor job and left blood stains on the walls of the stairwells and hallways. Although she has always felt unsafe in the “deplorable” living conditions in the city-run housing project, Applewhite said she was not surprised by the most recent horror.
She has been waiting to be transferred to another apartment since April 2022, but this procedure has been put off since she is left to deal with leaks, rodents, cockroaches, and crime scene clean-ups.
According to data from the NYPD, major crime in the Bushwick Houses is up over 18% this year compared to 2022. 22 felony assaults have been registered so far this year, a 29% increase. Residents claim that another slaughter occurred in the building just one month ago.
After the injured man ransacked the entire building last week, Gonzales went back to the unit and discovered blood all over the door. She was afraid that someone from her family was inside.
The Post noted last year that NYCHA homes, including the Bushwick Houses, are infamous for dreadful conditions like mildew, cracked pipes, lead paint exposure, and heating failures, and the price of all the repairs required throughout its 274 complexes would be more than $78 billion.