Councilman: Relocating Homeless From UWS Hotel Will Create Domino Effect At Shelters

Lucerne Hotel
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By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A City Council member is criticizing City Hall’s decision to move hundreds of homeless people out of an Upper West Side hotel, saying it will create a domino effect at other shelters across the boroughs.

The city moved people out of the Lucerne on 79th Street and Amsterdam for no reason other than people complaining, said City Councilman Stephen Levin, who chairs the Council’s Committee on General Welfare, which oversees the Department of Homeless Services.

“This is all to accommodate some people on the Upper West Side who have raised objections to the siting of a hotel that has happened in many neighborhoods across the city,” Levin said.

People leaving the Lucerne will be brought to a shelter in Long Island City and the women there will be brought to a shelter in Flatlands, Brooklyn, currently housing women and children, Levin said.

“The city wants to relocate them into a shelter that's being used by adult families and single adult women, so then those people have to be relocated. And I think the adult women are scheduled to be relocated to the shelter in Flatlands, which then would displace families who are in Flatlands with children,” he said.