Homeless

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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Underbelly of Chinatown Homeless Exposed During Coronavirus Shutdown

Posted April 29, 2020 at 5:05 am

With Chinatown largely obeying the stay-at-home directives of Governor Cuomo and the Mayor de Blasio, and only venturing out for essentials, an unseen side of the neighborhood has emerged. No longer cloaked on the crowded streets, and without refuge to “stay at home,” the sight of homeless Chinese wandering Chinatown streets greet me daily. In general, […]

The Bowery Mission on Overdrive Supporting Downtrodden During COVID-19 Crisis

Posted April 27, 2020 at 5:04 am

The Bowery Mission is at the forefront of caring for the downtrodden during the coronavirus crisis. Its services remain largely intact, yet appeals for financial assistance are growing. For more than 140 years, the Bowery Mission has provided food, shelter, clothing, job opportunities, and medical aid to millions of area homeless. Arguably at no time since […]

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Bowery Mission Closes Chapel Doors to Area Homeless on Frigid Nights

Posted March 6, 2020 at 5:09 am

The Bowery Mission this winter terminated its longstanding practice of opening the chapel to homeless when the temperature drop to dangerous levels. For years, the Bowery Mission opened their small church on cold nights so that area homeless could sleep indoors and on the floor. But last fall, the chief program officer announced a new […]

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Fourth Fatality in Chinatown Homeless Beatings is Identified

Posted November 25, 2019 at 5:04 am

The city medical examiner last week released from the morgue the final body rendered lifeless in the massacre of homeless men on the Bowery. He was identified as Florencio Moran Camano, whose family in his native Mexico signed off on the release, according to published reports. Camano, 39, was the youngest victim of Randy Santos, […]

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