Advocates for the homeless called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to rethink kicking out hundreds of displaced people from hotels on the Upper West Side on Sunday, after locals complained about drug use.
The city held a press conference earlier in the day about the removal of 300 men from the Lucerne Hotel, a temporary shelter used to help prevent the spread of coronavirus in crowded facilities.
The displaced people moved into the place in July and are to be moved after the complaints and threats to sue the city.
People alleged that the hotel residents were causing quality of life issues. Some have claimed that the same people living inside the hotel temporarily were urinating in public, plus using and selling drugs.
Protesters stood outside NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's Mansion on Sunday to protest against a recent decision to move hundreds of people out of hotels serving as homeless shelters
A sign read: 'Because you are displacing 900 homeless NYers and think that "shelters are better environments" please be advised that you will be transferred from Gracie Mansion to a homeless shelter'
About 900 are being turfed from hotels and shelters after residents complained about seeing them. A group of presumably homeless people pass around a bottle of alcohol out in the open at the corner of West 79th Street and Broadway in the Upper West Side on September 3
But other New Yorkers were determined to make sure the homeless don't end up even worse off amid the pandemic and marched across 86th Street to get to as close as possible to Gracie Mansion.
Protesters marched from Carl Schurz Park and demanded the Mayor resign with chants as police guarded the property.
A large sign read: 'Because you are displacing 900 homeless NYers and think that "shelters are better environments" please be advised that you will be transferred from Gracie Mansion to a homeless shelter.'
In response to the men being moved to the Harmonia shelter, south of the Empire State Building, Harmonia residents are being kicked out.
The Department of Homeless Services only paused plans for families accommodated at Harmonia after Legal Aid filed a lawsuit on their behalf.
New Yorkers want the city to announce a longer-term plan to help tackle the problem of homelessness after this summer 10,000 displaced people were moved into some of 600