City May Face Dueling Lawsuits, as Shelter Opponents and Legal Aid Both Threaten Action

The fight over the Upper West Side's homeless hotels may end up in the courts, as an opposition group has demanded the mayor produce a tim … Read the rest of this entry >>

Gale Brewer Wants City to Address Street Homelessness, Particularly at 9 Locations on UWS

Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer has been getting more involved in the debate over homelessness on the Upper West Side. Hotels ar … Read the rest of this entry >>

Relief Bus Parked at Church Helps Homeless People With Meals and Supplies

On a bright Thursday morning, three New York City Relief staff members, several volunteers, and "Zaccheus"—the organization's emblematic red-let … Read the rest of this entry >>

City Says It Won’t Add More Homeless Shelters on the UWS, and Says Notice of Sex Offender at Lucerne was Incorrect

With tensions high over the city's decision to move homeless people into local hotels, the Department of Homeless Services rel … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Group Fighting Homeless Hotels Forms Nonprofit, Hires High-Powered Attorney, and Raises $50k Fast

Out of the Facebook group “Upper West Siders for Safer Streets,” formed in late July to protest the transfer of more than 600 homeless p … Read the rest of this entry >>

Lucerne Resident Explains How the Shelter Has Improved His Life, and What He Hopes Locals Understand

Michael Alvarez came to my attention when he posted eloquently on the Facebook group “Upper Westsiders For Safer Streets,” revealing that he was a homeless resident of the The Lucerne H … Read the rest of this entry >>

Residents of The Lucerne Say They Appreciate Chalked Messages Welcoming Them

A group of people, including several children, came out on Sunday to write chalk messages in front of The Lucerne Hotel on 79th Street welcoming residents to the commu … Read the rest of this entry >>

Sean Hannity Says Upper West Side’s Homeless Hotels are Part of a ‘New York City Nightmare’

The Upper West Side has always been a boogeyman for conservatives who have made fun of the liberal politics of residents here for de … Read the rest of this entry >>

Rosenthal Says She Opposes Additional Homeless Hotels, and is Demanding Sex Offenders Be Removed

Pledging to “prioritize the safety and well-being of Upper West Siders,” City Councilmember Helen Rosenthal sent an email blast to her constituents on Wedn … Read the rest of this entry >>

Belnord Hotel Becomes Temporary Emergency Men’s Homeless Shelter

The Belnord Hotel, at 209 West 87th Street between Amsterdam and Broadway, has become a 149-bed “temporary emergency men’s homeless shelter,” according to a city off … Read the rest of this entry >>

Channeling Coronavirus Concern into Charity, High Schoolers Prepare to Host Homeless Men Tonight

Amid growing anxiety about the coronavirus, a group of high school students decided to redirect their energy from worry to helping the homele … Read the rest of this entry >>

First Meeting With the 20th Precinct‘s New Commander is Fiery; People Alarmed About Homelessness and Youth Crimes

Homelessness and youth crimes dominated the discussion Monday night at an intense 20th Precinct community council meeting, held at the precinct house on 82nd St … Read the rest of this entry >>

Community, Police Voice Concerns About ‘Homeless Encampment’ on 73rd Street and Broadway

Local residents and NYPD representatives are speaking out about a group of people camping out on the street at 73rd Street and Broad … Read the rest of this entry >>

The Law Behind Judge’s Ruling to Release Homeless Woman in Alleged Assault Case

On November 18th, New York State Supreme Court Judge Anne Swern released Larissa Williams -- a homeless woman accused of throwing a block of wood that hit and injured a pas … Read the rest of this entry >>

Homeless Woman Accused in Wood-Block Assault Is Back on the Street, Against Police Commander’s Wishes

Last Saturday night, Larissa Williams, a homeless woman who often sleeps in the area around 79th Street and Broadway, was arrested for allegedly throwing a … Read the rest of this entry >>

Homeless Woman Threw Wood That Hit 70-Year-Old Woman in the Head, Police Say

A 70-year-old woman was hit in the head with a block of wood Saturday night on West 79th Street and Broadway, Deputy Inspector Timothy Malin told … Read the rest of this entry >>

Police Commander Tries to Reassure West Siders About Crime and Homelessness; Crime is Down But People Say ‘I Feel Unsafe’

The crowd was larger than usual at Monday night's 20th Precinct Community Council meeting, held at the precinct house at 120 West 82nd Street, near Colu … Read the rest of this entry >>

Gale Brewer Explains Her Strategies to Tackle Street Homelessness and Store Vacancies

Gale Brewer sees no quick fixes for two of the Upper West Side’s most pressing problems: street homelessness and retail vacan … Read the rest of this entry >>

Opponents Prepare for Tuesday Meeting As City Plans to Move Notorious Homeless Shelter One Block Away

The city is planning to put a 220-bed homeless shelter on a block on the Upper West Side that already has two facilities off … Read the rest of this entry >>

A New Memorial Service for Neil Harris Jr., This Time With His Family

Back on April 30, 2017, the West Side Rag reported on a memorial service that was held at the Christian Community Chur … Read the rest of this entry >>