Euclid Hall, a residence for seniors on Broadway between 85th and 86th Streets, appears to be being evacuated, said two people who witnessed residents heading into school buses. Euclid Hall has 273 single occupancy rooms and allows people to use Section 8 vouchers to help pay for their housing.
“There are many school buses lined up on 86th Street and on Broadway between 85th and 86th Street because they are evacuating Euclid Hall,” one wrote, sending the photo above. “All I was told was that it is for the residents’ protection.”
Another wrote: “Out of my living room window I see multiple mini yellow buses being loaded with what looks like the senior residence SRO occupants by drivers in white hazmat suits.” She sent the photo below.
Update: Lauren Schuster of Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal’s office sent the following explanation: “They are moving the residents into hotels so that they can practice social distancing and each would have access to a separate bathroom.” We have asked for more info on whether this was in response to a coronavirus outbreak and which hotel the residents are being taken to.
We reached out to the nonprofit that runs Euclid Hall, the West Side Federation for Senior and Supportive Housing, by phone and email but didn’t hear back. We also reached out to the NYC Department of Health, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Councilmembers Helen Rosenthal and Mark Levine. We will update this if they respond.