Rooms at Hotel Belleclaire, located at 2175 Broadway at 77th Street, can now be booked for stays beginning on October 1. We first discovered this on hotelbelleclaire.com, and a representative from the hotel’s reservation department was able to confirm this.
The rep was unable to provide us with further information, though, as they’ve been instructed not to discuss details with the press.
We’ve left a message and sent an email to other hotel departments, and have also contacted Help USA, the non-profit which has overseen the shelter site, for comment.
As part of NYC’s plan to decongest citywide shelters to slow the spread of COVID-19, homeless residents first arrived at Hotel Belleclaire in early May. This caused concern among some of the permanent senior residents, who felt mixing two already vulnerable populations was not a good idea. In addition, some cited seeing a number of their new neighbors walking around without masks during the height of the pandemic.
More homeless individuals would soon be relocated to Hotel Belleclaire. In July, I Love The Upper West Side first revealed that some of these new residents were convicted sex offenders with records of serious crimes against extremely young victims.
Soon after we broke this story, Helen Rosenthal vowed to have all sex offenders removed, later clarifying her position to state that “there are around 1,600 registered offenders across Manhattan, and neighborhoods cannot wall themselves off.”
However, as of writing, the New York sex offender registry shows no offenders currently residing at Hotel Belleclaire.
We will provide an update if and when anything changes with regards to Hotel Belleclaire’s open availability beginning October 1.
The discovery of this likely relocation comes shortly after lots of back and forth with The Lucerne Hotel and the future of its temporary homeless residents.
The Lucerne’s 283 homeless residents were first expected to be relocated by the end of September. But the announcement of this relocation was followed by the preparation of a lawsuit by The Legal Aid Society, a protest at The Lucerne and outside Gracie Mansion, and most recently, a temporary pause on the relocation.Get the UWS newsletter for updates: