By Bob McManus. Hell hath no fury like a liberal neighborhood recently mugged by Bill de Blasio. Therein lies a salutary tale. Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue in the 70s and 80s were overrun; disorder began to leach into adjoining streets, and local parks became problematic for many dog-walkers, joggers and folks simply out for a stroll. A Facebook page meant to confront the crisis, Upper West Siders for Safer Streets, went from scratch to 10,plus members in the blink of an eye. And then hired a smart lawyer.
NYC hoarder turns street into junkyard, residents say
Upper West Side residents are protesting a plan by the city to change a homeless shelter designated for women into one for men, marking the latest battle over Mayor Bill de Blasio's efforts to alleviate the homelessness crisis by expanding shelters, or in this case, reconfiguring existing ones. As winter approaches, the city's Department of Homeless Services is anticipating an increase in demand among homeless single men, which make up more than 18, of the roughly 64, individuals in the city's shelter system. Several weeks ago, community board officials said they were notified that the agency was planning to move women living from a shelter at West th Street with the intention of turning the facility into one that serves only single adult men by next month. The news spurred outrage among residents, who argued that the Upper West Side shelter was a proven success and that it would be unfair to uproot the women. On Monday, a broad group of elected officials lent their support, holding a press conference and rally in front of the shelter.
Homeless Men Must Leave Upper West Side Hotel, Judge Rules
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By Ariel Zilber For Dailymail. Homeless New Yorkers who have been sheltered at an Upper West Side hotel as part of a controversial plan to prevent the spread of COVID claim they were offered an unspecified sum of money and food if they agreed to move out. In court papers filed in Manhattan on Tuesday, one of the homeless being sheltered in the Lucerne Hotel said he and others were approached with offers of food and money in exchange for signing a pledge saying they wanted to leave. Protesters display signs at a press conference in support of the homeless men living at the Lucerne hotel on Manhattan's Upper West Side on September 9.