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Lack of security cameras plagues NYC public housing, residents say they feel forgotten

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    A reward poster is affixed at an entrance to the Boulevard Houses in the borough of Brooklyn in New York on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. On Sunday evening, the two children shown in the poster, were stabbed at housing complex. Six-year-old Prince Joshua Avitto, at left, was killed, and 7-year-old Mikayla Capers was critically injured.(AP Photo/Peter Morgan) (The Associated Press)

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    In this drawing provided by the New York City Police department, is of an unidentified man believed to have attached two children in an elevator Sunday, June 1, 2014. New York City detectives are fielding tips in the search for a man suspected of fatally stabbing a 6-year-old boy and critically wounding a 7-year-old girl in an elevator in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/New York City Police Department) (The Associated Press)

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    Members of the New York Police Department affix a reward poster at an entrance to the Boulevard Houses in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. On Sunday evening, two children were stabbed at housing complex. Six-year-old Prince Joshua Avitto, at left in poster, was killed, and 7-year-old Mikayla Capers was critically injured.(AP Photo/Peter Morgan) (The Associated Press)

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    A boy looks at a memorial outside the Boulevard Houses after a news conference there in the borough of Brooklyn in New York on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. On Sunday evening, two children were stabbed at at the housing complex. Six-year-old Prince Joshua Avitto was killed, and 7-year-old Mikayla Capers was critically injured. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan) (The Associated Press)

In New York City, security cameras have become ubiquitous in the years after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. But some of the biggest surveillance gaps are in neighborhoods where poverty and violent crime remain among the highest: public housing projects.

Only 41 percent of the city's public housing buildings have cameras installed.

One of those buildings is in Brooklyn's Boulevard Houses where a 6-year-old boy was stabbed to death on Sunday. A 7-year-old girl was wounded. And an 18-year-old woman was killed nearby a few days earlier. One resident of the Boulevard Houses says he and his neighbors feel "forgotten."

Mayor Bill de Blasio has vowed to hasten the installation of cameras throughout the city's public housing.

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Associated Press writers Jake Pearson and Verena Dobnik contributed to this report.

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