LES Neighbors Sue NYC to Stop Conversion of Blue Moon Hotel to Homeless Shelter
The Blue Moon Hotel is singing the blues after a group of local landlords this week took legal action against the city to stop its conversion into a homeless shelter.
The owner of the boutique hotel at 100 Orchard Street – perennially for sale without takers – is apparently planning to lease the space to the city to house roughly seventy homeless men.
Three local landlords, two residents, and a restaurant claim the city has kept the plan secretive, according to a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
The group argues that, with only 22 rooms, at least three unrelated homeless men would live together in each unit, “thus creating a dangerous situation in which COVID-19 could spread like wildfire,” the court papers state.
The documents reveal that the city, along with nonprofit Not On My Watch, have been negotiating a lease at 100 Orchard that was slated to start January 1.
According to the New York Post, the city is bypassing the standard review process under special pandemic rules, claiming the Blue Moon will be a temporary shelter with a six-month term. Yet, the lease can be renewed monthly for up to nine years, the court papers claim.
Further, the suit calls attention to the densely packed bars, clubs and restaurants in the vicinity that are overcrowded as traffic is closed off at certain times of day to allow outdoor dining.
Claimants together seek a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to block the Blue Moon shelter from opening.