Homeless Cuban Refugee Booted from the Bowery After a Year

Posted on: March 7th, 2013 at 6:28 am by
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He appeared around Christmastime a year ago, inhabiting a small sidewalk square outside the entrance to the Liz Christy Garden on the Bowery. What began as an office chair perch and a couple of junk-filled suitcases quickly morphed into a makeshift shelter. Three months later, however, the city removed his belongings…so he just set up shop around the corner on East Houston.

Other than this incident, 60-year-old Cuban refugee William Hernandez had otherwise been left alone. Camouflaged by an impressively complex structure of found street valuables. The guy survived a year of shitty weather, including numerous snow storms and, of course, Hurricane Sandy. But the brief honeymoon with this nook of the Lower East Side is now over. He and is effects are gone. Off to the unknown. Has anyone seen him elsewhere in the neighborhood?

Meanwhile, it was revealed early this week that city homelessness witnessed one of the steepest inclines in the past decade. Advocates claim that it’s up some 72% since 2002. Mayor Bloomberg, on the other hand, claimed that relative to other cities, “we’re doing fine.”

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