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.