After hearing from a large number of concerned Upper West Siders, Helen Rosenthal sent out an email at around 5:20pm on Wednesday, July 29, with some updates about the temporary shelter sites at Upper West Side hotels.
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First, Rosenthal states that “under no condition will we accept any more temporary shelters,” as we already have about 500 new residents living within a ten block radius (with 100 at The Belnord Hotel, 100 at The Belleclaire, and 283 at The Lucerne).
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While pointing out that “the vast majority of shelter residents pose no threat to our community or any other neighborhood,” she has acknowledged the concerns local residents have voiced over the registered sex offenders residing at The Belleclaire, a finding I Love The Upper West Side first exposed on Monday.
In her email, Rosenthal states that out of these 14 offenders (we actually counted 16 on Wednesday afternoon), ten are level 2 offenders, and four of them level 3 offenders.
Steve Banks, the NYC Commissioner of Homeless Services, confirmed that all level 3 sex offenders have been moved out of the Belleclaire, and Rosenthal states she is “demanding that all remaining offenders be moved out as well.”
Commissioner Banks also told Rosenthal that “no registered sex offenders will be allowed to live at the Lucerne.”
UPDATE: Helen Rosenthal Changes Tone on Belleclaire Sex Offenders
We’ll provide an update about these residents once it is confirmed that they have been relocated.
Rosenthal’s email also states the need to reduce the total number of shelter residents throughout the neighborhood, as a lower number will make both community safety and service to those residents much more manageable.
If you experience any issue or concern with the residents of The Lucerne, Project Renewal’s onsite staff can be reached at (646) 845-3339, and Helen Rosenthal can also be reached at (212) 873-0282 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
So which of our glorious leaders is stepping forward to take full responsibility for permitting/tolerating/ignoring the placement of the sex offenders in the neighborhood to begin with until publicity and resident complaints forced them to take action which they were not on their own undertaking? Their conduct is abominable, and their failure to acknowledge their misconduct justifies removal from office and disqualification from future leadership positions, elected or otherwise.
Thanks for keeping us up to date on this.
You might consider changing the title of your newsletter to something like this: I used to love the upper west side.
Upper West Siders are very, very concerned about this homeless situation. Why put those person in an area they can’t afford and they could change quickly with muggings, etc. It could drive many persons out of NYC for good.
The area around the 72nd St. subway is already rather “gross” with many homeless “camped” in the area.
I have lived on the upper west side since the late 1960s. I sure hope this area doesn’t become like that again.
The city should consider restoring “rural” abandoned medical facilities for housing the “new hotel residents” instead of putting them in expensive hotels in expensive areas of the city.