Collapsing hallway ceilings, moldy walls nor dozens of padlocked doors won’t deter Audrey Quantano, 58, from moving out of 2049 Fifth Ave. — even though her neighbors left the hovel for safer digs eight months ago.
The seven-story building’s new management team, West Harlem Group Assistance, bought the squalid structure, and four others uptown, from the city last year as part of a $12 million renovation deal.
Residents of the decaying dwellings were relocated to other properties throughout the nonprofit’s upper Manhattan network — and promised they could return home once the repairs are complete.
But Quantano refused to leave, declaring her own subversive revolt against Harlem’s development boom.
“I am not afraid,” Quantano said while walking through the dark, dank lobby on Monday night. “I am just a tenant in New York who is a victim of gentrification. This is not an easy thing to do.”