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Residents Concerned About Plans For Homeless Shelter In Old 58th Street Hotel

May 06, 2018 - 3:11 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Opponents of a men’s homeless shelter being installed in the old Park Savoy Hotel rallied against the plan Sunday afternoon.

The site at 158 W. 58th St. is near Carnegie Hall, Central Park, and other visitor-friendly destinations. Suzanne Silverstein, president of the West 58th Street Coalition said area resident are concerned.

“You know, the neighborhood has expressed many, many valid concerns, and, you know, with this report of 674 arrests in the shelter system in the first three months of 2018, they have every right to be concerned about safety,” she said.

Silverstein said the plans for the shelter call for only two low-level security officers and no external cameras for the proposed shelter.

The coalition insists the city needs to reevaluate security plans, and should only be using Homeless Services Department police officers, who report to the NYPD.