NYC residents outraged over De Blasio’s choice of location for homeless shelter (photos)
New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio has “blindsided Manhattan’s ‘Billionaires’ Row'” as he has quietly made plans to open a men’s homeless shelter in the former Park Savoy Hotel with little publicity.
The proposed homeless shelter would provide housing to 150 resident, after the city converts the former Park Savoy Hotel into a shelter for homeless men.
The New York Post reports: The building at 158 W. 58th St. is scheduled to open in March, the city’s Department of Homeless Services said Wednesday. Hizzoner’s plan — part of a program to create 90 new shelters across all five boroughs — was revealed last week in letters to local elected officials.
“Are you kidding me?” said a resident of the landmark JW Marriott Essex House hotel and condo building on Park South. “I am in shock. You just shocked the s–t out of me.”
Victoria Bader, a dancer who’s been living on West 58th Street for the past two years, said, “How does this happen? We had no warning.”
Patricia Jenkins, who works in marketing and lives nearby, expressed frustration that “the city has a homeless epidemic and there seems to be no solution. I don’t have an answer, but I know I do not want a homeless shelter in my neighborhood.”
Rich Montilla, director of security for One57 and the adjacent Park Hyatt hotel, said he was “concerned for our guests going out in that area — we have an exit and entrance there for guests and condo owners.” [He continued], “I don’t know if these gentlemen are violent, I don’t know what to expect.”
When de Blasio announced his Turning the Tide on Homelessness program last year, he said that neighbors would get at least 30 days’ notice before a shelter opened, and pledged that officials would “take into account reasonable community concerns and input.” During a Tuesday news conference, de Blasio noted: “I told you well before the elections there would be 90 new shelters, they’ll be in every kind of neighborhood.”
DHS said the Park Savoy housing will be run by Westhab, which manages shelters and affordable housing in Westchester and the Bronx. Security measures will include at least two guards at the entrance and 56 surveillance cameras in and around the building.
The property is owned by New Hampton LLC, which bought it for $3.875 million in 2004, according to city records. John Pappas, who’s listed in state records as the company’s official contact, declined to comment.
Councilman Keith Powers said he learned of the shelter from constituents, and didn’t hear anything from the Department of Homeless Services until he called them.
“We want to be able to share as much information with our community and our constituents about any project happening,” Powers said. “We don’t want to find out from them and then be chasing the details of the problem afterwards.”
De Blasio defended his actions, saying: “The notification process that we laid out about a year ago is what we’re following now.” He said radio station 1010 WINS first reported about the shelter and “scooped his notification process,” according to the New York Daily News. “If an enterprising radio station figured it out ahead of the normal notification process, kudos. But the notification process was going to begin on the timeline that we announced previously,” he said.
I certainly don’t think homeless shelters should be limited to poor or middle class areas but I don’t understand how the government can afford to buy or rent a building on W.58th: https://t.co/XKB3wDaQAj
— Karol Markowicz (@karol) January 18, 2018
— Joel Siegel (@joelmsiegel) January 17, 2018
People are predictably pissed about a plan to turn the old Park Savoy Hotel on 58th Street (near One57/Central Park/Billionaire’s Row) into a homeless shelter for single men https://t.co/3PJ9mJddIm
— Rebecca Baird-Remba (@thecitywanderer) January 17, 2018
In one swoop communist @BilldeBlasio ends any future political plans. 500.00 says the first RAPE N MURDER happens w/in 90 days of.opening.
De Blasio plans to open homeless shelter on ‘Billionaire’s Row’ https://t.co/JRW7Jbv3r4 via @nypmetro
— Marty F (@slapAlib) January 18, 2018
De Blasio plans to open homeless shelter on ‘Billionaire’s Row’ https://t.co/6SMcO1FlK3 I fought for both terms so this pos did not get elected,the very rich paid for his https://t.co/6ZQw872nZJ they’re gonna get their payback from Mr Communist, Bums stinking up their front doors
— JohnT.SINCE 6-16-15 (@nycmia) January 18, 2018
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to open a homeless shelter in a ritzy section of Manhattan
The mayor’s plans to convert the former Park Savoy Hotel on West 58th Street into a shelter for 150 homeless men beginning in March … LOVE IT Rich Liberals in meltdown
— Paint King (@Paintking) January 18, 2018
Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio makes the stupid moron list today. Wow. The Presidential hopeful is putting a homeless shelter (at taxpayer expense) in NYC high rent district trying to show he is man of the people. Pathetic. Joke. Clown. DB. Go away. @cnbc @FoxNews
— Lord_Oil (@Lord__Oil) January 18, 2018
Mayor de Blasio blindsided Manhattan’s “Billionaire’s Row” with a quietly announced plan to open a men’s homeless shelter in the former Park Savoy Hotel.
Gee I wonder if the residents will be offended by this shithole in their backyard…Hmmmm lol
— Proud of America (@dansharley51) January 18, 2018
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