Mayor Says City Will ‘Immediately’ Start Work on Moving Homeless People Out of Hotels, Though Timeline is Murky


Via NYC Mayor’s Office.

Mayor de Blasio addressed complaints about homeless people being placed in hotels during a discussion with reporters on Monday, saying the city is going to figure out how to relocate residents.

Hotels throughout the Upper West Side and elsewhere have been turned into shelters to protect shelter residents from Covid-19. Ever since The Lucerne on West 79th Street became a shelter for people dealing with drug addiction and homelessness last month, thousands of Upper West Siders have said the program has gone too far and is hurting quality of life.

The mayor said things will change — it’s just not clear exactly when.

“As the health situation has continued to improve, we’re going to start the process of figuring out where we can get homeless individuals back into safe shelter facilities, and reduce the reliance on hotels,” de Blasio told reporters, according to Politico. “Hotels [are] certainly not where we want to be in general, and we’re going to start that process immediately.”

Before that happens, though the city will have to “identify space that will work in our existing shelters,” he said, according to the Daily News.

He also said that city agencies need to work together to handle quality of life complaints.

“On the specific quality-of-life issues, it’s incumbent upon every city agency involved to get out there and solve them,” he said, mentioning the NYPD, DHS, and the Health and Sanitation departments, the Daily News reported.

Politico says that de Blasio has previously made it sound like the hotels would continue to be used until a vaccine was available.

Before the barrage of complaints, de Blasio had suggested individuals experiencing homelessness could remain in hotel rooms until there is a Covid-19 vaccine. “It’s a matter of months until there’s a vaccine and the crisis is over — then we’re going to bring people back into the shelter system out of those hotels,” he said earlier this month.

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    1. Jean Siegel says:

      What else did you expect from DuhBlahhZzzzoh?

    2. CB says:

      I am glad that the mayor is at least facing the reality that these homeless shelters in hotels are a problem.

      I am one of the UWSers who think things have gone too far.

      I want to be clear that I wish no ill will toward the men in the shelter.

      But I don’t think it’s good for a healthy community to have hundreds of men with drug problems, mental health problems and sex offender records to be dropped overnight into a community that includes countless pre schools, playgrounds, and public schools *during the same summer* that the City Council has drastically cut NYPD funding and plain clothes officers who used to deal with *exactly* the sort of problems that these shelters have brought to the neighborhood – including public drinking, public urination, lack of social distancing and mask-wearing, and drug dealing.

      I also want to state that I am by NO MEANS against police reform and am in favor of Black civi rights.

      These are complicated times and complicated issues.

      I am just asking for reason and sound leadership – neither of which DiBlasio and Rosenthal have shown much of recently.

      The city does better when we treat people with respect — including ordinary families and children AND homeless people AND non-violent/non-corrupt NYPD officers.

      These hotel shelters should be dismantled before the school year starts. If the transmission rates are low enough to open schools and gyms, the transmission rates are low enough to put men safely back in congregate shelters closer to the place where they receive their methadone and other social services.

      • Janis says:

        Do you really think he’s “facing reality?” Or do you think some of the Democrats up for re-election told him to get off his ass and make things right because their candidacies are on the line?

      • Sammy says:

        NYPD has not been defunded. I’m not sure where you are getting that they have a 6 Billion dollar budget. They disbanded the crime unit and moved them in house…which obviously maybe they need to reconsider. But, NYPD has not faced any financial budget cuts and they have an outrageous budget…NYPD has so much power in this city. With all the Covid financial issues everyone will face budget cuts next year (schools, sanitation etc) but they will not. City council is moving some of their budget to “school security” next year but basically it’s still goes to NYPD. They’ve also seemed to go into one of their infamous work slowdowns once they tried to pass police reform (no choke holds, making police discipline records available to public) As a tax payer I absolutely think police discipline records should be public.

      • Tc says:

        *Equivocating

      • CGK says:

        “These homeless shelters in hotels are a problem”

        This was done to prevent the spread of Covid. It was also done in the UK (for those who says this is a DiBlasio problem – British Tories are not left wing, to out it mildly )

        I love very near the Lucerne. Have encountered no problems whatsoever, but even if I had, I think that protecting a vulnerable population from a highly contagious, often fatal, illness, is worth it.

      • Part-time UWS-er says:

        Very well-stated!

    3. Larry K says:

      These homeless people need services in addition to shelter. Mental health facilities and counseling services are necessary for many of them. In the 1970’s, when NYS failed to replace large mental hospitals (ie, Willowbrook), that they closed, with small residential facilities with services, the patients were put out onto the streets without any support. The problem still exists today…40+ years later!

    4. jill says:

      Guardian Angels have done more that our elected officials with our tax money!

    5. Amy Lang says:

      I find DeBlasio’s capitulation to the worst–most racist and ungenerous–impulses of those who refuse to share our neighborhood with those needing a safe haven in these dark times appalling–and predictable. Sending poor people back where they “belong”–to coronavirus-ridden and otherwise unlivable congregate shelters–is apparently the wish of the putatively “liberal” residents of the UWS as well as the mayor who has overseen the worst crisis of homelessness in NYC in recent memory.

      • kaylord says:

        I agree.

      • Doro says:

        I shouldn’t have to walk around a drunk laying on the sidewalk

        • Ken says:

          Why is that exactly? Why are you so thus privileged? How have you earned this exclusive privilege? What did you do to ascend to this exalted status? In a world in which, unfortunately, there are occasional drunks lying in the street, what is it that makes you so very very indignant about what you believe you DESERVE?

          • Ana says:

            1. From the beginning there has been little transparency from the powers that be. You cannot blame your neighbors for being afraid when they were not provided with explanations for the management and accountability of these recent shelters. Perhaps if there had been more dialogue or proactive involvement (supervision and services for the mentally ill in the hotels, for example) from government officials responsible, there would have been less fear of the unknown—which is, btw, a natural human reaction.

            2. Some of us come from areas in the world where it is not safe for women to walk alone at night. Call me crazy, but preserving the dignity and well-being of homeless individuals and procuring the safety of vulnerable members community (women, children, elderly) are not mutually exclusive. I know these are volatile times, but perhaps a compromise could have been reached where those homeless individuals who would benefit the most from staying in these hotels (those further along in their recovery or who need less psychological help/supervision) could have remained in the community.

          • UWSchristine says:

            Bc we pay taxes on our property and for public property to be kept safe and useable. This is for the public good, property value and neighborhood safety.

      • Rhys Ulerich says:

        The city is taxing inhabitants then inefficiently and nearly unaccountably spending those dollars to destroy UWS property values by upending local quality of life.

        Compassion does not have to rhyme with lunacy.

      • Elizabeth says:

        I agree Amy.

      • FrankP says:

        Poor people? No! Drug users. Public urinators. Sex offenders. Sounds like you’re maligning poor people by associating them with these categories. Just curious, have you got a spare room for one of the drug addacs!

      • Nevets K says:

        I’m no longer a liberal, okay?
        I don’t want “to share” what used to be my neighborhood with crowds of beggars and the deranged.
        I don’t want to have to look five ways before crossing a street because of the construction of electric bike lanes and lawless bike riders, electric bike riders, and electric scooter riders doing whatever the heck they please
        I don’t want to have to spend half an hour or more looking for a parking spot on the UWS every evening after getting back from my teaching job out of town because of the elimination of nearly a thousand parking spots because of Helen Rosenthal’s and CB 7’s blindness and disdain.
        Yes, my next move will be out of here – I can hear the wokes’ “Hoorays!” – to go to a place where a neighborhood still exists.

      • Jane says:

        Normal person: “I don’t feel safe with people shooting up, masturbating in public, harassing women, leaving used needles lying around, getting into fights, punching and stabbing people, and sleeping passed out on the streets.”

        You: “You’re racist!!”

        Um, what?? Also, it’s interesting that you think the above behavior is limited to non-whites. That, ironically enough, sounds quite racist.

        Believe me, it’s the criminal behavior and open drug use we don’t want in our neighborhood.

        • Mom of UWS says:

          My 14 years old son was robbed by two teens on bikes last week.

          I saw a woman pooping at a bus stop. A man was masterbating standing next to a woman on a bus stop.

          This all happened between 10AM and noon. My teens do not feel safe in the neighborhood they have grown up in.

          Please help. Come up with ideas and not judgement or name calling. We all want the same, a neighborhood we feel safe in.

          • Bruce Bernstein says:

            reply to Mom of UWS:

            the “two teens on bikes” who robbed your son were certainly not residents of the Lucerne nor any other homeless hotel. In fact, i would make the educated guess that most of the residents of the Lucerne — who from my observations are a very high percentage elderly or late middle age, and a high percentage infirm — share the same risk from those two teens as your son does.

      • ST says:

        We already share our neighborhood with many many people in supportive housing. The UWS has been more than generous and inclusive in this regard compared to other neighborhoods. This includes approving the new facility being built on 108th St. The problem with the three hotels IMO is that, combined with what we have, they saddle the UWS with a much much heavier burden than other neighborhoods in the city. This is not about a lack of compassion. It is about fairness.

        • I absolutely agree with this. What’s so mortifying is, after decades of living side by side with our good neighbors at Frederick Douglass Housing, far from being appreciated as fostering diversity and for living in good intelligence with our neighbors, we are constantly under attack for our lack of kindness and compassion. And for pursuing a “gated community” lifestyle and mentality. WHAT GATED COMMUNITY??? Our accusers, mayor, councilwoman and their ilk, have never taken a train and commute in limos, So is it any wonder they’re so out of touch?

      • Jan says:

        The knee jerk reaction that all opposed to *any* policy even tangentially related to class are racist is dangerous for multiple reasons. That closes the door for rational discussion on potentially better alternatives. For example, cheaper housing that allows for more money going to other social services and less to hotel slum lords. Moreover, I find equating homelessness to race to be itself racist — there are plenty of brown and black housed UWS residents and plenty of white homeless.

    6. Morris says:

      The kvetching worked!

    7. jill says:

      Thank you Guardian Angels for your help!!

    8. CrankyPants says:

      Get. Them. Out.

      And then, Mr. Mayor, get yourself out & kindly resign.

    9. jill says:

      Thank you Mayor. Your leadership is like none other.

    10. Elder says:

      Glad to hear this. I want my family and community to be able to feel safe going out again in our neighborhood that we have lived in for 40 years.
      I do hope the homeless are transferred to places where they can get help. Job training, mental health support, etc. Certainly this was not the case in the hotels.
      I shudder to think of how easily they could contract the coronavirus and spread it in the present hotels especially after many are without masks.
      I also hope that they are tested for COVID19 daily. 671 residents within such a small radius going up and down elevators, etc. is frightening.

    11. Pedestrian says:

      But, but I thought he had no control over this! I’m sure he’ll get right on that. I will believe it when I see it.

    12. Ruth Bonnet says:

      Die hard liberal here. It doesn’t seem like housing these men in hotels is helping with social distancing in the least. The whole thing is tragic.

    13. Craig Heard says:

      Just a tactic to keep what he believes are the peasants quiet.

      There is no timeframe of any kind.

      No guideline or any criteria or goals to be met.

      He now says it’s generally not a good thing to keep people in hotels. The operative word is “generally”.

      Most importantly, it’s DeBlasio.

      He can say things that are completely opposite to what he said the day before and believe both at the same time. This is compounded by gross incompetence and absolute stupidity.

      He certainly is never going to send these people back to crowded shelters while COVID still exists in any form.

      Beyond that is questionable whether he really wants to send them back at all.

      The only thing that can possibly change what’s left of his mind is sustained community opposition, lack of funds in an increasingly bankrupt city or a combination of both.

    14. David says:

      What a disaster for our neighborhood
      Why the city did not place them in the upper east side?will let you guess
      The next thing that. Will happen is the owner of the lucerne will be delighted to convert the hotel rooms to SRO
      And we will have additional 283 condominiums added to
      this beautiful area
      Great for real estate value….,.,.,
      No wonder the owner is selling his townhouse
      He want to get out before the home prices drop

    15. Jaclyn Neham says:

      The issue has been that government officials from the Mayor to the Council Woman, Helen Rosenthal did not do their due diligence to ensure the safety and quality of life for residents in the neighborhood would not be negatively impacted. They brought in sex offenders (and claimed it was an oversight), they brought in mentally ill and “recovering addicts” without ensuring they had protocols in place for providing them with the services they need to be successful. To add to this, they removed many trashcans from the neighborhood so with the influx of this population the streets have become overwhelmed with trash. How do we get the trashcans back? Tremendous failure and indicative of the Mayor’s and Council Woman’s performance.

    16. Vivian says:

      WHO IS HE KIDDING? THE CITY IS A MESS. ALL OF IT CREATED BY HIM.

    17. Erica says:

      How about getting them, I don’t know, homes?? Study after study shows, that when people have a roof over their heads and feel safe, they are more apt to deal with their mental health and addiction. And shouldn’t everyone have a roof over their head as a right of birth?

      • Elizabeth says:

        Erica, I agree.

      • Janis says:

        Studies also show that, for the most part, when people are just “given” homes, with no sacrifice on their part, they have a value proportionate to their investment. Something for nothing is worth nothing to the recipient and is a basic truth in society in general.
        It’s akin to the truth that “freedom is not free.” It’s free to those who do nothing to defend it, but rely on the sacrifice of others who make it possible.

    18. Elizabeth says:

      What a gasbag we have for a mayor. He is just pandering.

    19. Dave K. says:

      talk is cheap

    20. Lily Lopez says:

      every word this Mayor says is a lie including AND and THE…at his briefings he is taking notes while people ask questions instead of listening…..there need to be shelters that just take care of the mentally ill homeless so they don’t have to interact with the lucid ones trying to get better. Many of the ones on the street are a danger and need to be removed

    21. rj says:

      Deblasio get real . The vaccine could be more then a year away . You have made our neighborhood dangers for us and the children . Think soon to be ex mayor I know it is hard . Move the homeless out for the saftey of the UWS and the children It will be better for the homeless . Upstate there is plenty of room

    22. abs21 says:

      If the mayor is sincere in his intention then I am 100% behind him.

      The UWS is overrun with these unfortunate individuals but this is not the right area for them.

      I have been threatened, approached to buy drugs, accosted, and listen to shouting and yelling out my windows at night. The hotels and the UWS is not the right place. They must go!

      • Allison says:

        Can I just ask: what is the right area for them, in your opinion?

        • Ana says:

          Allison, let’s start with a neighborhood that is less densely populated and with a lower percentage of children. Most importantly, the unknown percentage of hotel residents who are mentally ill and/or in the throes of addiction need to be somewhere where can receive the medical and psychological and services they so desperately need. The homeless deserve respect and empathy, but the government “warehousing” them in these hotels in a family oriented neighborhood right before children go back to school helps no one! Particularly since mask wearing and social distancing by the residents of the hotels is not being enforced.

    23. Fern says:

      Why not Gracie Mansion as an option both inside and outside ?

    24. past perfect says:

      How about increasing support services where the homeless are being housed, and making sure those with obvious mental health problems are not allowed to wander, harass people in public, dump trash baskets looking for something to eat, accost other people on the sidewalks, harangue and threaten neighborhood residents, and generally look as if they should be escorted or sequestered before they damage someone else. Where are all the “services” to have been provided to these unfortunate people? And why are the homeless who are in need of shelter and help being abandoned by the city? We see the pathetic minority at their worst, but the the city has obviously failed them.What happened to “Love thy neighbor. No exceptions.” That means you, NYC government agencies responsible for every citizen, not just prospective donors.

    25. Rob says:

      If Hizzoner thinks a vaccine will end the pandemic so quickly then he is even more misguided

    26. Susann says:

      I do not think anyone is against giving a second chance to anyone down on their luck or in a bad way. But we all value what we pay for too. Housing people without any required (non financial) commitment on their part, in 3 moderate luxury hotels in one if the best areas of NYC? Such poor planning, to put it mildly, at the expense of NYC taxpayers (once again). A predictable recipe for disaster…perhaps our esteemed Mayor might consider utilizing the now-emptied Riker’s Island as a temporary housing location.

    27. Val Alegan says:

      I remember the Guardian Angels in the ’80s.
      They were great then.. they are great still.
      Thank you!

      Mr Mayor: Where? When? How? Let’s allocate these funds to effect true change. $5000 per month, per man (?) Should buy some very nice re-hab.

    28. blacklikeu says:

      I’ll believe it when I’ll see it.
      BdB speaks with forked tongue.

    29. Rachel says:

      Um. As lots of folks previously mentioned, what about repurposing the Javitz Center? Or hotel’s location like the Roosevelt and Peninsula and youth hostels that are in commercial areas and I’m sure not seeing much tourism?! And then, remind me how many people can actually live in Gracie Mansion?!! Done and Done. Now get them out of the UWS residential neighborhood before schools reopen if you want to see one bloody $ in school and property taxes!

    30. Robert says:

      When needs to be tomorrow Not some eventual possible time down the road. This response is unacceptable, and it was only in response to a question not an initiative by De Blassio.

    31. MLKwestside says:

      Well the hoteliers, some of whom are our crappy Mayors buddies will be bummed they won’t be collecting their millions from the city for housing these people and making everyone’s life miserable except theirs.

    32. Francesca says:

      I hope he knows tgat the problems we are experiencing aren’t anti-homeless, or racist but, rather, the result of being being overwhelmed by seriously mentally ill, often out of control , untreated, maskless men who are left idle. Combine that with the virus and reduced policing …

    33. Dana says:

      How about trying the Holiday Inn Times Square for 39 a night on Expedia instead of $300 Per room uptown i ok n UWS! Must be great to be Deblasio’s buddy and contributer. And who decided just which DB friend would get these lucrative contracts anyway? Is there any transparency? Hotel association? I’d like to hear some answers.

    34. Michael Palmer says:

      THANK GOD, He can’t run for a Third Term!!!! If we do not elect a new Mayor and Council persons to get us out of our current mess, this City is History..

    35. Anne says:

      Interesting situation..
      All I can say is during the past 7 days I witnessed a threatened knife fight in front of Playa Betty’s, a homeless man urinating under the scaffolding on W72nd, a homeless woman defecating on Broadway at w 84th…Then I saw a young mother and her cute toddler on West 72nd— my heart went out to her as a mother and grandmother, and all I could say was “hang in there/ things will get better…” I am sorry there is poverty and homelessness, but just letting people camp out on the UWS and pee and crap in the streets is very unfair to residents. Why is that politically incorrect??

    36. matthew graffeo says:

      Why didn’t they just put homeless families in the UWS? So many children and families could benefit from the parks, playgrounds and the family oriented community. Instead without an impact study they just dropped single men here. It makes no sense. And then our own councilwoman calls her constituents racists. Really not fair of her.

    37. TIpping Point says:

      While plenty of caveats are in order, the mayor’s comments suggest that the voice of the UWS is being heard. Kudos to Upper West Siders for Safer Streets which last count had near 9,000 followers. Most of my neighbors feel that the city has an obligation to care for the homeless but should do so without endangering the safety and well-being of residents. In this case, Project Renewal set up a shelter with zero pre-planning on how to engage neighbors and then never held a public forum. Most disturbing? Watching Helen Rosenthal decline to represent her constituents and hearing DHS Steven Banks equating a genuine concern about public safety as some kind of attempt to build “gated communities.” I would have thought DHS would have been trying to build consensus, not goad residents on.

    38. UWSHebrew says:

      He’s lying. Every word be said is a lie. UWS will have the homeless at the hotels until at least April 2021, that’s my prediction.

    39. UWSider says:

      Sliwa has my vote next year!

    40. Jack says:

      The mayor did a corrupt deal with sam domb. Now domb’s son wants to add to the corruption with the Milburn. All of our politicians are corrupt. I’m a democrat. Wont vote trump but would happily vote republican in the city now. Enough!
      The NYPD has lost my respect. It’s true that they have been disrespected. But they should be there to protect us. Nada. Our neighborhood is in the dumps
      Cuomo btw is just as bad as deblasio.

    41. UWS_lifer says:

      I walked by 79th and Broadway today and I have to say…that guy that hangs out on the south median is really scary. He is clearly a danger to himself or others.

      It seems irresponsible to allow him to sit out there all day just menacing people.

      It’s literally a ticking time bomb. We can’t act surprised when this dude eventually goes off, god forbid.

      The good news was that there seemed to be an NYPD squad car parked there, monitoring him to some extent but I doubt they can watch him 24/7. Looks like they are trying though.

    42. molly says:

      Please rescue our UWS neighborhood from fear and destruction. I have lived in NYC 19 years and have never felt unsafe, until now. Thinking of leaving town as a result of negligence to think through a plan to help those in need without jeopardize quality of life for the permanent residents.

    43. ellen gold says:

      I know the mayor de blasio letter is long, but I think it is a public service, as most people do not understand why Dept of Sanitation is not picking up. Please post thank you

    44. Uwsideguy says:

      Good lord people. I returned to NYC after being away for a several weeks expecting a zombie apocalypse of the UWS based on the comment sections here, the Post, etc… I found my same amazing neighborhood I have lived in and loved for over a decade. The situation here isn’t great but it will be over in a few months and is being blown all out of proportion.

    45. AC says:

      Dinkins, Beam, de Blasio , , , these three go hand in hand and in the history books!

    46. Rob G. says:

      I’m proud of our neighborhood for finally standing up for itself. The UWS has a history of letting the city walk all over it. Perhaps we are turning a corner.

    47. Brett says:

      Hopefully this gets done before school starts. Whoever thought that housing these people (who need help) next to two elementary schools (P.S. 87 and Anderson) was a good idea?

    48. King says:

      ,a homeless man approached me from behind on 79th St. until he was in front about two feet away , then asked for money. He didn’t wear a mask . If he had the virus this was a sure way to spread it.This isn’t an isolated encounter 15 minutes earlier another homeless man came close to me on Columbus Ave. and asked for money. He didn’t wear a mask. Most of the 500 homeless men are not wearing masks In public and puts them and neighborhood residents at risk. I hope the Mayor and city can transfer the homeless to a facility that provides the treatment and support they deserve.

    49. Sandy. Kissler says:

      Must make our neighborhood safe

    50. Lucian says:

      Usual double talk, laced with lies and lies. I think in New York city mayor de Blasio has about zero credibility. Perhaps if his wife didn’t squander about a billion dollars earmarked for Mental Health services. It’s amazing how she can’t remember the monies allocated. If that money was used for its intended purpose, more appropriate housing for the mentally ill and homeless in New York City might be currently available.

    51. Joy says:

      It’s the mentally ill homeless that need the help 24/7. There is a difference if you listen and look. They need to be divided and assessed.Big job but it can be done. Especially with $850 million Mrs. DiBlasio was given to willingly take on this project. Mrs. DiBlasio, would you like to respond?

    52. Barb says:

      Not soon enough.
      Residents must continue to call, email and write to the mayor. and other elected officials.

      Hopefully all the documentation of incidents will quickly begin the re- location of the Lucern Men.

    53. CGK says:

      The NYtimes has just posted a balanced article about the situation.

      The UWS does not come off well.

      The level of unkindness, of flat-out hatred – quite familiar to anyone who has read these comments – is really disgraceful.

      Stop fearmongering,

      • UWSHebrew says:

        “The NYtimes has just posted a balanced article…” — the last time the NYT posted a balanced article was decades ago. The last few years especially; they have been blatant regarding the political viewpoints they both espouse and despise, which is antithetical to the term “newspaper” and profession of “journalism”.

      • GetReal says:

        That article conveniently leaves out lots of terrible incidents that have happened in the last month. There’s more going on that a bunch of babies kvetching as you suggest.

        • CGK says:

          I live here, 1/3 block from the Lucerne.

          I have experienced zero “terrible incidents”.

          • GoHead says:

            Havent heard about any assaults, muggings, or haven’t seen any public defacation or masturbation? You’re one of the lucky few then.

            You’ve clearly got an agenda for some reason. That’s ok, keep doing you.

      • Dave K. says:

        A balanced article, sure who is kidding who.

        Its these kinds comments where I wonder whether the author is just pushing an unhealthy agenda or is just plain clueless or believes that the UWS is just fine.

    54. citamarie says:

      I am among the women who have been harassed by the groups of men occupying the medians along Broadway, especially at 79th Street. I now avoid that area and walk south via West End Avenue. There are other hotels in less crowded, family-oriented neighborhoods that could accommodate these people, such as the Salisbury, on 57th Street. It seems empty and has several homeless people camped out front.

      • CGK says:

        I cross Broadway at 79th almost daily, and have seen no harassment. I’m sorry that you have.

        I also think the phrase “those people” is deeply problematic.

    55. Vincent Mcgowan says:

      NYC has history of providing farm living upstate for those who can handle country living.
      Offer it to those willing to try it.

    56. 1 If the $1Billion wasted dollars Mayor DeBlassio gave to his unelected wife to spend on mental health issues had been spent to construct new,safe,clean and properly supervised shelters instead, everyone involved in this issue would have been better off.

      2. Have the owners of these 3 UWS hotels given any thought as to who would want to rent any of these rooms again after learning that they had been turned into homeless shelters. Income greedy hotel owners may have accepted short term profits for long term undesirable and unrentable tourist rooms.

    57. Hello,

      Hope that all is well.

      What about the home owners quality of life in Harlem. We are paying a millions dollars plus property taxes to reside here. We have a homeless on 110th street and Lenox Avenue. Not to mention the homeless are taking over the park benches surrounding the area.
      There is a clinic for heroin users on 125th and Lenox Avenue. The people addicted are walking around aimlessly intimidating residents.
      The newly released prisoners who had drug charges are now selling herion to the addicts on 117th and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. This needs to be stopped. The 117th Street owners are now afraid to go out side after 11 PM. Not to mention we are home owners paying millions of dollars plus property taxes and it appears that no one cares. We are also concerned of our quality of life.
      It appears that someone took a van and dropped the homeless in our area. The homeless took over the small park on 117th and Adam Clayton Blvd along with the drug dealers.
      The herion addicts, homeless and newly released people with drug offenses hide under the scaffold located around the building on the corner of Adam Clayton Blvd between 116th and 117th Street.
      Please rectify these issues.

    58. DNENYC says:

      Does anyone really believe that housing these “clients” in UWS hotels is the RIGHT thing to do? Last time I checked my paystub, NYC got a big chunk of change, and I have to food shop for a family of five in which 3 kids share a tiny bedroom, while my husband and I carved out a piece of the living room to sleep in. I grew up very poor, and I’m glad. The idea of Living “under the bridge” was always threatened if I wanted something we couldn’t afford, and my parents NEVER took a hand out, they just worked HARDER. I am tired of feeling guilty because I WORKED for everything I have, which isn’t much. Mr DeBlasio STOP THROWING MY MONEY AWAY. They aren’t “clients.” If they are, I want my taxes back. Stop feeling guilty UWS. It begets poverty. Use my money to educate, protect and counsel. Stop the BS.

    59. Thanks, Politicians says:

      All these people saying they haven’t experienced any harassment, are you a young woman walking at or after 8:30pm in the dark?

      If not, then please don’t act as though you speak for everyone. I was harassed several times walking down Columbus in the 70s and on Amsterdam in the 80s by a man each time yelling at me while just trying to walk home. Why? I didn’t give them money.

      My next door neighbor, who is also a young woman, was, followed home and had to call the police.

      If you are not harrassed, don’t act like others are wrong.

      So tired of the negating. It’s obvious what is happening walking in the streets. We have an out of control situation that’s been happening for over a year, thanks to your elected politicians. I never voted for them.

    60. Let’s talk NIMBY says:

      Just hoping someone can explain to me how moving the residence into another neighborhood is a good solution? You don’t think you should have to walk around homeless folks but it’s totally ok if I have to near my home?… as long as isn’t I front of you, right? This is classic NIMBY – not in my back yard. Stop advocating to get these people out of your sight (racist/classist/abilist behavior) and start advocating to get them the help they need! You obviously have the power and ear of important people, use that privilege to better everyone’s life!! Be the good your city needs right now.

    61. Helen Bernstein says:

      There are plenty of empty schools and industrial spaces that could be turned into studios or apartments for the homeless. The private sector has done this with office buildings most notably in FIDI.

      • Naro says:

        What law states that homeless have the right to live in the most expensive city in the world. I recommend building a massive welfare city in the bucolic countryside of upstate ny where these unfortunates can be housed and treated for their problems. And the city taxpayer can enjoy a stress free clean environment whe she can bring up children in safety.

    62. Anonymous says:

      All just indicative of the administration insistence on spending money to move problems around rather than to address the root cause. medical assistance, job training, improvements of existing shelters, etc. are all just too much effort for DeBlasio so he’ll just spend money on renting out rooms instead. Same theory as the school. Why put educators and professional technology people in a room to come up with better remote teaching methods and tools (that will benefit the city for years) when you can just buy more sprays, rags, and PPE and argue for 6 months (and the UFT just followed suit with “we can’t, we won’t” instead of coming up with a better plan for remote teaching). For that matter, why spend money on improving the K-6 education is poorer neighborhoods when you can just force better schools to shoe-horn those kids into programs for which they are not prepared.

    63. Anonymous says:

      And I hate to say this because wealthy people don’t deserve safer neighborhoods that poorer people but the wealthy live in wealthy neighborhoods BECAUSE they are safer. If you run the wealthy people out of the city, the city will deteriorate very quickly.

    64. Fiona says:

      This is a thread with enough narrative for a novel! Constructive ideas, not so much.

    65. Larry says:

      It’s a fallacy to think that being liberal means you will tolerate — and even welcome — men masturbating in the street.