Rockaway Public Housing

Week 12 - Rob

As you walk into the public housing block at 54-22 Beach Channel Drive, the smell of mold was overwhelming.

Rob lives on the ground floor where the water came up through the floor after filling the basement. He and his roommates need to continually scrub the mold away as it resurfaces every 4 to 5 days. The tap water is brown and contaminated. They’ve been told to boil it.

NYCHA has been promising to move hundreds of ground floor housing residents since the start of December. Three months on, no one has been moved.

Kisha Bari is an Australian photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her ongoing work in the Rockaways post Sandy can be seen on her blog You can see her commercial work at