Long Island City, Mayor Bill De Blasio, Upper West Side discussed on All Things Considered


Basic amenities. You know, it's broken me down so so much. It's so hard, you know, I can't You know, it's so it's so inhumane the way they're moving people around like it's like a mugging. Today. She told me that she did get a new room on Sunday with a shower. So that is good news. But you can see the mayor's decision had this pretty devastating consequences for people who were bearing the brunt of these decisions. Along with the Lucerne and the Harmonia. The city had also planned to close another hotel in Long Island City and woman there to family shop to a family shelter in flatlands and the women and young kids living there. We're going to be sent to other locations. All told, this was about 900 people who were going to have to move. When can you walk us back a bit. Why did the city make the call to close down two hotels had been using to house almost people, right? I mean, if we go back a little further at the height of the covert outbreak, the city As you mention before moved about 10,000, New Yorkers who are living in crowded group shelters into around 60 hotels across the city so people could be more socially distanced. Now four of those hotels happen to be on the Upper West Side. Lieutenant Lucerne Open most recently in late July to almost immediate backlash, a Facebook group was spreading anti homeless rhetoric and another group of residents fund raised more than $100,000 to challenge the shelter in court. So that was the backdrop last week when De Blasio made the call to shut it down. And what is the rationalization that he and the city are using their So, you know. Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio justified this call, saying it was always part of the plan to move away from hotels once the covert 19 outbreak was under control. But there are around 60 hotels and used as I said, It's not clear why just peace to. We're going to close and why the moves had to happen so suddenly, to the point of telling people that they had to leave in a day or two when they had been living in this location for months or even years. Council member how in? Rosenthal says the way that this was carried out seems like a knee jerk reaction to a group of Upper West Siders who, how hired a powerful attorney. It has to be something more than you know. You get a call from one lawyer and then make these changes that have devastating ripple effects across the city. So fundamentally, what is the city's homeless policy now? So we'll be waiting to see what happens. Is this will the plan go forward? We'll be monitoring to watch to see if they start moving people out..

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