UWS Residents Oppose New Homeless Shelter

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Residents on the Upper West Side were protesting another planned homeless shelter in their neighborhood. The concerned voiced their concerns at a community board meeting Tuesday night.

The City plans to open a homeless shelter for 200 men at the Alexander Hotel on West 94th Street near West End Avenue.

People in the neighborhood said the area is already saturated with shelters, rehab centers and housing projects, and they worry another shelter will bring more problems.

“Enough is enough because it will throw off the street life and make things more dangerous for people to walk down the street and we have school children to protect,” said resident Aaron Biller.

The City’s Department of Homeless Services said they have a responsibility to provide temporary, emergency shelter to people in need.

  • Jackson

    Really? Shielding bigotry with another ‘Please, won’t someone think of the children’ banner? The coddled brats around here could do with a bit more well rounded exposure to an urban reality. I think what my neighbors are really upset about is a sudden, though surely temporary, pause to the anything but subtle whitewashing and painful UES-ification of, the UWS.

  • Outsider

    This neighborhood already houses a large number of homeless and low-income residents. Why can’t other neighborhoods pitch in? The East side might be a good place to start.

  • Uncle Dave

    If Aaron Biller & crowd don’t want another shelter in their neighborhood, then they should move elsewhere in Manhattan. They knew what the area was like when they over paid for their apartments. Homeless on the Upper West Side have been there longer than Biller & crowd. If the homeless aren’t bother, they won’t bother their neighbors. My advice to Biller & crowd: get a life. Let the homeless live in the shelters and just get on with your life. Homeless are everywhere, including across the street from the White House. Want to avoid homeless – move to Fairbanks, Alaska and don’t forget to say hello to Sarah Palin.

    • Norah

      If we wanted to avoid these facilities we would just have to move to the upper east side. All we want is fair share. Maybe its time you stopped living off your Mommy, Uncle Dave, and got out and see what the world is all about.

  • DanTe

    Typical libturds in UWS. Perfectly willing to steal from the rest of us through taxes to fund Humanity Causes – just not in their two-faced plush neighborhood.

  • Danny

    I love how ‘civilized’ people want to help the homeless, especially during the holidays. Just “not in my neighborhood”.

    • Leticia

      This neighborhood has 2000 supportive housing units alone, drug rehab facilities, homeless shelters, NYC housing projects, AIDs facilities, facilities for the developmentally disabled; what’s in your neighborhood? you must live on the upper east side where there arent’ any of these facilities. All we want is fair share and safe streets for our children. The city just placed pedophiles across the street from PS 75. They are also paying $1000 a night to house these homeless people. All this when we don’t have money to shovel snow off the streets or pick up the garbage and are laying off police and closing fire stations and the remaining teachers in the schools are paying for their own chalk.

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