Homeless

Cops Close Down Section of Sara D. Roosevelt Park to Curb Drugs and Homeless

Posted August 30, 2021 at 5:00 am

The city is apparently turning up the heat to combat the dangerous situation in Sara D. Roosevelt Park just south of Delancey Street. The area surrounding the so-called “Pit” is now completely sealed off. The action is many months in the making. As reported, this area has long been a favored spot for local homeless, […]

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Parks Seals ‘Hua Mei Bird Garden’ to Stave off Drug Problem in Sara D. Roosevelt Park

Posted August 17, 2021 at 5:00 am

The Parks Department this month cordoned off part of Sara D. Roosevelt Park in response to rampant drug use, homeless, dwelling, and violence. The area in question, nicknamed “The Pit,” is a ground zero of sorts for open-air drug sales – K2, in particular. Those who are strung out lay out; belongings accumulate in piles; […]

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A Grave Marker for a Homeless Man Bludgeoned to Death on the Bowery

Last modified July 29, 2021 at 6:28 am

It’s been nearly two years 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. Chuen Kwok was a vulnerable senior who, after the passing […]

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The Sara D. Roosevelt Park ‘Pit’ Becomes a LES Homeless Encampment

Posted July 20, 2021 at 5:00 am

Anyone passing through Sara D. Roosevelt Park these days bears witness to the dire situation there. Specifically the section between Delancey and Broome Streets, where the benches around the sunken court have become a homeless encampment. As before in the northern reaches of the park, this area, nicknamed “The Pit,” is now a ground zero […]

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Homeless Man Sucker-Punches Chinese Woman on Bayard Street

Posted June 2, 2021 at 5:00 am

Monday was a warm afternoon in Chinatown and the streets were crowded (for a change) with people enjoying a meal out on Bayard Street. That’s when a random attack on a 55-year-old Chinese woman shattered the calm. The vicious attack, caught on surveillance video outside the Kong Sikh Tong restaurant at 65 Bayard, showed the […]

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Screaming ‘Go Guy’ Directs Traffic at Delancey and Chrystie

Last modified March 15, 2021 at 8:32 pm

A double-amputee in the intersection of Delancey and Chrystie Streets screams at traffic daily, catching the attention of locals who are both irked and driven to help. It goes like this. The wheelchair-bound man – whose legs were amputated – shouts orders at the top of his lungs. He’s apparently a resident of a nearby […]

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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 […]