Friday, August 5, 2016

Why Maspeth is getting a shelter, part 1


From the NY Post in 2014:

Mayor de Blasio has put the kibosh on a homeless shelter proposed for the Upper West Side, the man pushing the project claims.

Ron Edelstein, whose family owns the Imperial Court Hotel on West 79th Street, said a high-ranking city Department of Homeless Services official told him the mayor ordered the agency to reject his proposal to convert the 227-room building into apartments for 340 homeless people.

Anti-shelter pressure came from local elected officials, including Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, a former councilwoman.


Unfortunately, the people of Maspeth don't have this kind of representation, so they're going to get a shelter no matter how hard the local pols huff and puff in fake indignation for the cameras. Especially when the council member actually makes a deal to place a shelter.

20 comments:

JQ LLC said...

So it seems that some actually existing kind building owner wanted to stem the homeless problem by offering his building as a shelter and our corrupt mayor denied him. Our corrupt mayor also thinks it's more prudent and sensible to continue to stuff the homeless in hotel rooms instead of a modest apt. with an actual kitchen and maybe a shred of dignity. This is too scandalous and makes me fear for the future for living in this town.

Somewhere in the recesses of De Faustio's hollow skull is a deep seated contempt for the indigent and poor people that's more in line with the previous mayor and the avaricious scumbag overlords in REBNY, a wicked cabal who have now decided to throw one of their own into the mayoral race.

Anonymous said...

Got a problem with Dumblasio and how he is turning a lot of this city into Ghettostan? Keep in mind that he managed Hillary Clinton's senate campaign back in 2000, remember that when you vote this November

Stop Paul Vallone said...

Of course the real reason these areas are getting shelters is that Maspeth, like Bayside, Whitestone and other more conservative areas of the city, won't vote for this corrupt Mayor.

The reality is that he doesn't need us, because there are some who are so blinded by party affiliation, that they vote without any thought as to what that means for them. Add to the pot a healthy dose of liberal guilt about doing your part, and people fall for it.

People like to say that Donald Trump is a con-man, which may be true, but Bill DiBlasio is just as effective and actually got elected to one of the most important jobs in the United States.

It's a sad time in America and New York.

As Jim Malone (Sean Connery) said in the Untouchables --

"What are YOU prepared to do?" Everyone who cares about this city needs to vote this corrupt and evil person out of office and MOST IMPORTANTLY, vote out those like Liz Crowley and Paul Vallone who enable such insane policies that are causing the middle class to flee this once great city.

Anonymous said...

Here is the plan.....Look for a Hotel being built that is NOT NEAR any Public Transportation, some out of the way place that you a Queens resident would say "WHY WOULD THEY PUT A HOTEL HERE".....Than sit back and wait a year and all of a sudden it becomes a shelter or as the Hotels call it "LONG STAY FACILITY". They have done this at numerous hotels throughout the five boro's......The next one in Queens will be at 60-30 Maurice Avenue....Yes just on the North Side of the L.I.E. from this Holiday Inn....It's a guaranteed win fall for the Hotel owners as they get almost all of the room full almost all the time.....Try calling one of these hotels to stay for one night and they tell you....Sorry we are now a Long Term Stay Facility and will refer you to some other hotel near by.....Now this whole scam is nothing but....CRAP

Anonymous said...

Crowley was no where to be found the entire length of time Glendale and Middle Village fought the Cooper Avenue shelter. She even went as far as to attempt to cast doubt on what the group was doing with the money donated to the fight. She isn't going to run again for Council and is looking at the bigger picture, selling out her neighbors for a new cushy job.

Anonymous said...

The story of Edelstein is no surprise, he didn't pick the right partners for his project. Acacia Network who has been picked to run the proposed Maspeth shelter would have been much better. Acacia, like all of the 'non profits' the City chooses to run these lucrative shelters, is packed with past City and State political hacks. Look up the Acacia board of directors for a good laugh. All have been living large on the government's money for years. Also good friends with the City Council President. https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150115/inwood/uptown-political-lobbyist-cheated-nonprofit-head-out-of-salary-suit-says

Anonymous said...

This is perfect for a homeless shelter.
No nearby supermarkets, no nearby schools, no nearby facilities that the homeless need but a McDonald's is located next door.

Keep feeding the homeless the crap that makes them unhealthy and in need of city provided medical services.

Oh yeah, that's right...there are no nearby medical facilities.

But there are a couple great street corners for panhandlers to utilize.

Joe Moretti said...

Well, the backbone of government is at the local level and here in Queens and NYC, that level is so corrupt and so inept. For as much as NYC likes to call themselves "liberal", the people seem to put in the same inept crooks over and over. Mind blogging but not really for the crowd that buys a new phone every other week and can name all housewives of Atlanta but not the three branches of government. NYC folks are not really as bright as NYC makes it out to be.

Anonymous said...

Stop debating on this - you are preaching to the choir.

Stop blaming the mayor for this - 99% of what happens is from your community's electeds.

There are two easy things you can do:

Write letters to all the Queens weeklies lambasting them for failing to report real news and only passing on to you love notes for politicians and statements form developers. (Mention in your note that you are also sending a copy to Crappy)

Every time a Queens politician shows up, from Honest Joe Crowley and Melinda, to your local talent, picket them with noisy demos with signs on how corrupt and stupid they are and how they are holding Queens behind the rest of the city. Send pix to Crappy.

That ought to do it nicely as a first step.

Anonymous said...

Look up the Acacia board of directors for a good laugh.

Look up the "cleaned up" Queens Library Board for another.

Anonymous said...

"She isn't going to run again for Council"

Oh yes she is

Anonymous said...

Politicians are corrupt by nature...watch Clinton Cash Documentary on UTUBE. Someone is def making money off this...
I live 3 blocks from the HOTEL/HOMELESS Shelter.. The new PRE K is going to open up in the old Holy Cross School..homeless will be sitting on the steps and roaming around...looking for whatever is easy pickins.....this is going to be a nightmare...200 more people living in this area...milling around Grand Avenue all day...

Anonymous said...

Oh, a storm is threat'ning
My very life today
If I don't get some shelter
Oh yeah, I'm gonna fade away
War, children, it's just a shot away
It's just a shot away
War, children, it's just a shot away
It's just a shot away
Ooh, see the fire is sweepin'
Our very street today
Burns like a red coal carpet
Mad bull lost its way
War, children, it's just a shot away
It's just a shot away
War, children, it's just a shot away
It's just a shot away
Rape, murder!
It's just a shot away
It's just a shot away
Rape, murder yeah!
It's just a shot away
It's just a shot away
Rape, murder!
It's just a shot away
It's just a shot away yea
The floods is threat'ning
My very life today
Gimme, gimme shelter

Maybe Mick Jagger will live there.

Anonymous said...

Why don't we just give these people a better job that will pay for an apartment in the city and pay the first, last and deposit?

That way it's not a hand out, since it's a job.

Anonymous said...

https://www.change.org/p/stop-the-holiday-inn-express-on-maurice-avenue-maspeth-ny?recruiter=9426205&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_page&utm_term=mob-xs-share_petition-no_msg&recuruit_context=fb_share_mention_control

Anonymous said...

Is this the hotel next to the recently remodeled McDonald's? And there are a few Parks up a few blocks?
If it is , I called it the day construction started on it. We all know what's going to happen to all of the other hotels being built all around Queens. And our electeds all knew about this plan years ago but failed to inform their constituents.

Anonymous said...

THE NEW PHILOSOPHY, "SHARE THE WEALTH & THE POVERTY"

kapimap said...

These shelters should be in LIC, near the subway line, assistance facilities, and the city. These are the locations that make sense.

Over by the cemetry in maspeth is only providing a bleek outlook on life, Death!

This is going to keep happening until a campus like property is built/located, that will house all services and shelter in 1 central location.

John S said...

First off, all Community Boards and the City must stop the approval of building new hotels in all of the burroughs until DHS finds an alternative way to house homeless people. Converting hotels to shelters is a deception on communities that now must be recognized. You know the city will stop at nothing when they converted The Landing to a homeless shelter. The Landing was the closest hotel from La Guardia airport you could reach.
2nd, This is an economics issue: The City must stop their baloney double-talk against Air BnB if they are going to continue to damage the business travel and tourist trade by taking away hotel space. Not only are those people are bringing in dollars to our economy we as citizens and taxpayers are being deprived of the 15% + hotel tax these visitors pay.

Anonymous said...

Shit like this happens because NYC mayors continue to view Maspeth as their piss pot.