Betances, Mill Brook, Mott Haven, Mitchel and Patterson Houses will get a sprucing up.
The powder was found around 10:50 a.m.
Some tenants are involved with a lawsuit against NYCHA in an effort to force the agency to make repairs.
Residents are struggling with mold, water leaks, broken windows, broken doors and peeling paint.
Former Patterson Houses resident Marta Diaz started the garden about 20 years ago.
Three schools in the city still have "fire watchers" in place of the alarms since the 2012 storm.
Ronald Bartiromo and Raymond D'Auria pleaded guilty to underpaying workers on two city projects.
"We the People," which features photos and stories from 20 NYCHA residents, opens this month.
Rubain Dorancy accused Jesse Hamilton of ignoring 6 alleged rapes and assaults, with no substantiation.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said major changes are coming to the city's public housing developments.
The video shows the moments before Ryo Oyamada was hit by a police car in Queens last year.
Terrell Day was shot and killed inside the East River Houses, police said.
The agency admitted that staff at the housing complex have contributed to a major rat infestation.
Two people were hurt when a Lillian Wald Houses apartment caught fire, the FDNY said.
Toni Khadijah James wears a hijab in her apartment because workers regularly pop up in her windows.
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