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New York is building a homeless shelter in upscale "Billionaires Row" in Manhattan

New York is building a homeless shelter in upscale "Billionaires Row" in Manhattan

New York City plans to build a homeless shelter in an upscale area of ​​Manhattan known as "Billionaires Row", after a long legal battle.

New York is building a homeless shelter in upscale "Billionaires Row" in Manhattan New York City plans to build a homeless shelter in an upscale area of ​​Manhattan known as "Billionaires Row", after a long legal battle.


In 2018, New York Governor Bill de Blasio's administration announced that it plans to convert the former Park Savoy Hotel on West 58th Street into a 150-person shelter.


A coalition of residents filed a lawsuit to stop this move, but last Thursday, the appeals judge refused their opposition, paving the way for the project to proceed.


"We look forward to opening our doors on this site as soon as possible," said Isaac McGinn, a spokesperson for the Department of Social Services after the ruling.


Billionaires Row includes a group of ultra-luxurious residential skyscrapers off the southern tip of Central Park, which includes some of the most expensive homes in the world.


It is home to many of the rich and famous. The residents' lawyers said the use of the former hotel, built in 1910, as a shelter represented a "safety risk."


And a lower court ruled that a hearing should be held to determine whether the move is safe. But the New York Court of Appeals said Thursday that there was no need for a hearing.


The government says the center will house people who have a job or are actively looking for work. It will be equipped with 24-hour security surveillance.


The ruling comes as New York struggles to find a way to shelter thousands of homeless people who have been moved from shelters to hotels during the pandemic.

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