Simon Peel Formerly of Jitterbit, IBM and Cast Iron Systems recently discussed the suit of New York City for moving 70 homeless men into a Lower East Side hotel.
MARLBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM / New York City locals recently filed suit against the city. The lawsuit was created to stop NYC from moving 70 homeless men into the Blue Moon Hotel at 100 Orchard St., in the Lower East Side. Simon Peel formerly of Jitterbit explained that the lawsuit was filed due to fear of the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The plaintiffs claimed that the city was being extremely irresponsible regarding the coronavirus pandemic,” Simon Peel Formerly of Jitterbit, IBM and Cast Iron Systems said. “Moving 70 people into a single hotel would cause the virus to spread ‘like wildfire.'”
Simon Peel explained that those filing the suit were two local residents, three landlords, and a restaurant/bar. They claimed that the city tried to hide the plan from them, and the only way they uncovered the truth was through word of mouth from the landlord of the LES Blue Moon Hotel.
Simon Peel Formerly of Jitterbit, IBM and Cast Iron Systems stated that the city plans to convert the 22-room hotel into a homeless shelter. It would cause roughly of these unrelated homeless men to be housed together in a single room. This is why the plaintiffs believe the COVID-19 pandemic could spread like crazy. These people would then re-enter the streets during the day and spread the pandemic even farther.
“The non-profit organization Not On My Watch and the city of New York have been negotiating this lease that was set to begin on January 1, 2021,” Simon Peel said. “The city was bypassing some special COVID-19 rules to create the temporary shelter, which currently holds a six-month lease at the hotel.”
The lawsuit claims that the Lower East Side neighborhood is already an extremely densely-packed area of the city. It’s home to clubs, bars, restaurants, and a number of hotels. Simon Peel Formerly of Jitterbit, IBM and Cast Iron Systems stated that the plaintiffs argued many tourists and children frequent the area to visit the Tenement Museum, which sits directly across from the Blue Moon Hotel.
“Citizens are also concerned that this neighborhood is already ripe with substance abuse, including drugs and alcohol,” Simon Peel said. “Putting 70 homeless men in the same neighborhood could amplify the problem.”
Simon Peel finished by stating that the relocation of these homeless men has recently been put on hold while the area residents appeal the court’s decision, which allowed the plan to move forward. Citizens of the Lower East Side will have to wait and see what happens in the coming weeks and months.