City Nixes Second Homeless Shelter Planned for Chinatown

Posted May 3, 2022 at 5:01 am

The city nixed two homeless shelters n Chinatown within the last week. The Department of Social Services yesterday announced that its shelter planned for 231 Grand Street (at the Bowery) is now canceled. The announcement follows mere days after the city likewise terminated a proposal to convert 47 Madison into a shelter. “After reviewing planned […]

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CM Marte Announces ACE Street Cleaning for ‘New Dawn on Delancey’

Last modified March 11, 2022 at 7:50 am

It’s a new dawn on Delancey Street for sanitation. Councilman Chris Marte today announces a new initiative – “A New Dawn on Delancey” – to help scrub the north side of this major artery. The spine of the Lower East Side. The city is contracting with ACE (Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless) […]

Housing Works Proposes Bowery Homeless Shelter in Chinatown

Last modified February 23, 2022 at 8:50 pm

Chinatown is girding for another homeless shelter. Esteemed nonprofit Housing Works, under the aegis of the city’s Department of Social Services, now proposes a “drop-in” facility at 231 Grand Street that will “provide medical and behavioral health care, case management, housing placement, and other social services” to area homeless. The proposal will go before the […]

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Chinatown Neighbors Unite Against Proposed Homeless Shelter on East Broadway

Last modified December 15, 2021 at 9:55 pm

Concerned Chinatown neighbors are rallying in opposition against plans to convert a former hotel on East Broadway into a homeless shelter for the elderly. As reported this month, the new “safe haven” is a joint effort between nonprofits Asian Americans for Equality and Care for the Homeless that offers long-term residency – one year on […]

Homeless Shelter for Chinatown Elderly Planned for East Broadway

Posted December 3, 2021 at 5:00 am

Following a trend set during the pandemic, a former Chinatown hotel will soon be reborn as a homeless shelter. Nonprofits Asian Americans for Equality and Care for the Homeless have partnered to create the new “Safe Haven” facility, located in the former Hotel 91 on East Broadway. According to its FAQ mailer, the new safe […]

Clayton’s Corner: A Crisis of Crime on the LES

Posted November 9, 2021 at 5:01 am

A crisis is happening in our community. I am sure most of you are aware of how dangerous our neighborhood has become. Little news. Not sure what we can do except tell each other to be careful. At night, I tend not to wander the streets as much anymore, but sometimes head to crime scenes. […]

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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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