Queens Residents Call on City to Fix Sandy-Damaged Sprinkler

Long Island City's Andrews Grove Playground took a pounding during the storm

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    In the midst of an oppressive heat wave, kids who play at one Queens park have no way to cool down because the park's sprinklers have been broken since Sandy. Andrew Siff reports.

    A Queens playground that's usually crowded during hot summer days was empty Friday because its sprinkler has been out of commission since Sandy.

    Long Island City's Andrews Grove Playground, better known as Shady Playground to neighbors, took a pounding during the storm when trees crashed down on the sprinkler.

    "If you came to this park a year ago, this would be packed right now," Kunal Shah, who lives nearby.

    Some local residents said they were frustrated that the city hasn't fixed the sprinkler yet.

    "They make excuses," said Jennifer Donohue, who took her daughter Kaylie to Murray Playground, half a mile away, to cool off.

    "They need to invest the money and get this done," Donahue said. "They should have had this done before the summer."

    The Parks Department said they expected repairs to be completed in the coming weeks.

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