Homeless

Judge Tosses Lawsuit Opposing Blue Moon Homeless Shelter on Orchard Street

Posted February 11, 2021 at 5:00 am

The Blue Moon Hotel will become a temporary homeless shelter, as a community-based lawsuit opposing the action was overruled. In January, three nearby landlords, two residents, and a restaurant collectively filed suit to block the transformation of the Orchard Street hotel to help ease pandemic-related overcrowding at city shelters. However, Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Frank […]

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City’s Blue Moon Homeless Shelter on Orchard Street Opens this Month

Posted February 5, 2021 at 5:00 am

The controversial conversion of the Blue Moon Hotel to a homeless shelter is happening, but the opening date has been delayed. Lawyers for a group of Lower East Side residents and business owners, who filed suit to stop the shelter, revealed in a letter to a judge Wednesday that the city said it is delaying the […]

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LES Neighbors Sue NYC to Stop Conversion of Blue Moon Hotel to Homeless Shelter

Posted January 8, 2021 at 5:00 am

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 […]

LES Business Owners Hold Toy Drive for Homeless Kids in Local Hotel Shelters

Posted December 21, 2020 at 5:00 am

An instance of those in need helping out those in need. Despite the ongoing financial hardships of 2020, several small businesses on the Lower East Side, along with City Council candidate Christopher Marte, have come together to host a toy drive this holiday season for 200 kids living in local homeless shelters. The owners of […]

Tombstone Secured for Homeless Man Beaten to Death on the Bowery Last Year

Posted October 26, 2020 at 5:03 am

Earlier this month marked one year since four homeless men were murdered while asleep on the Bowery. Since the anniversary, a fundraising campaign to secure a tombstone for one of the victims was successful. Chuen Kwok had fallen on hard times after the passing of his partner. He eventually found refuge living on the streets […]

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One Year Later, Locals Hold Vigil for Homeless Men Beaten to Death on the Bowery

Posted October 7, 2020 at 5:07 am

This past Monday marked exactly one year since four homeless men were murdered while asleep on the Bowery. To commemorate the date, neighbors held an intimate community vigil at Kimlau Square to remember the fallen – Chuen Kwok, Anthony Manson, Florencio Moran, and Nazario Vazquez-Villegas. It was a solemn evening without the usual “we should do […]

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Grave Marker Fund for Homeless Man Beaten to Death on the Bowery Last Year

Posted September 25, 2020 at 5:10 am

It’s been exactly one year since the city was rocked by the fatal bludgeoning of homeless men on the Bowery while they slept. Of the five beaten by 24-year-old attacker Randy Santos, four ultimately died – Chuen Kwok, Anthony Manson, Florencio Moran, and Nazario Vasquez-Villegas. In the days that followed the murders, elected officials and nonprofits held […]

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Homeless Man Shatters Windows of Chinatown Restaurants

Last modified September 1, 2020 at 10:08 am

Late Friday evening, curbside diners were treated to a sideshow along Mott Street as an unstable homeless man went on a window smashing spree. The spree started on the corner of Mott and Bayard, where the individual threw a rock through the window of the old New Shanghai Deluxe on Canal. He then walked up the block […]

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Major Hoarding Happening Beneath Hotel Scaffolding on Orchard Street

Posted July 10, 2020 at 5:00 am

Somebody call Hoarders, there’s a junk mound on Orchard Street. For the last few months, a homeless man has been camping beneath the decade-old scaffold affixed to the hotel at 139 Orchard Street (aka the Allen Street Hotel). The individual gradually amassed a collection of garbage, furniture, and other prized street possessions. And apparently, the […]

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Ace Hotel’s Sister City on the Bowery Sets Rooms for Homeless

Posted June 24, 2020 at 5:00 am

The Ace Hotel’s boutique brand on the Bowery, Sister City, has reportedly reserved rooms for area homeless. Neighbors tell us that the two-year-old hotel began intake of homeless individuals two weeks ago. And that Bowery Residents’ Committee employees are seen coordinating efforts near the entrance. However, to date, there has been no outreach or notification […]

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