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    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City is bracing for some of the coldest temperatures in three years. Just think — just a couple years ago on this date in 2020, it was 69 degrees. READ MORE: Source: Several Space Heaters Were In Bronx Apartment Where Deadly Blaze Started, Including One That Ran For Several DaysIf you must go out to work or school Tuesday, bundle up. New York City’s acting commissioner of Emergency Services says cover every inch of your ears, nose, toes and fingers. CHECK THE LATEST FORECAST Frostbite can set in on exposed skin in minutes, causing it to become red and swollen. Health experts recommend getting in a warm bath and consulting your doctor. This type of weather also increases the risk of hypothermia. Symptoms include exhaustion, slurred speech and uncontrollable shivering. City officials also remind people there is an increased risk of fire and carbon monoxide from heating sources like space heaters and fuel burning appliances. Always make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working.Code BlueWhen cold temperatures reach freezing or lower, wind chill...
    Officials in New York City are receiving criticism after residents learned they had reportedly moved five registered sex offenders, two of whom are convicted pedophiles, into a homeless shelter close to schools. The former Radisson Hotel, a temporary homeless shelter in Manhattan's financial district, was still home to at least four of the sex offenders Thursday, according to the New York sex offender registry. "As parents, we cannot count on local government to look out for our children," a local mother said. "I am not opposed to helping those in need and providing shelters for the homeless in my community, but I am against placing violent pedophiles with a block of schools ." ALABAMA PRISONER EXECUTED AFTER MONTHSLONG DELAY The five deviant ex-convicts who called the shelter home include Lee Jackson, a 42-year-old Level-3 sexually violent offender, who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl in Brooklyn in 2005. Lonzel McNeil, 53, was convicted of raping an 11-year-old girl from Brooklyn in 1993. He was assigned a private room in the shelter...
    BROOKLYN, New York (WABC) -- Vahhley is going to Hollywood after securing a golden ticket from her 'American Idol' audition.After performing Whitney Houston's "One Moment In Time" for her American Idol audition, Luke Bryan praised Vahhley's voice and her fight.Lionel Richie assured Vahhley that this difficult moment of hers won't last forever, and Katy Perry just wants Vahhley to believe in herself, because they believe in her.Vahhley is a New York City native with an emotional story to share.She comes to the American Idol stage after spending 8 months in the shelter system.Vahhley became homeless after her marriage broke up and she and her young son went to live with her mom in Brooklyn.RELATED | Alyssa Wray, Beane and other memorable moments from the week 4 auditions"She tells me, 'Vahhley, I really feel like I want you to be the best you can be and I don't want you depending on me your whole life," she said, explaining what led her to move into a shelter first in the Bronx and then in Brooklyn."It was really hard being in there...
    A six-alarm fire broke out early Saturday morning in New York City, destroying several buildings, including a women's shelter and one of New York City's oldest, most historic and most progressive churches.  Middle Collegiate Church, located in the East Village, is home to New York's Liberty Bell, which was rung in 1776 to celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and rings to commemorate the inauguration and death of every U.S. president.  Over the past year, the church has donated to Black Lives Matter programming and funded grants to help people with rent or mortgage payments, according to its website. The church also claims to be "one of the leading multicultural, multiracial congregations" in the U.S. and that it stands "firmly" for LGBTQ+ equality, is anti-racist and believes "firmly in the power of women to heal our world."  Get Breaking News Delivered to Your Inbox The New York City Fire Department said when they arrived at the scene, they knew it "was going to be a big operation." Four firefighters received minor injuries while containing the spread, according...
    New York City officials have stopped the transfer of homeless people from the Upper West Side's The Lucerne hotel at the last minute, after legal efforts from three men who have been living there amid the coronavirus pandemic. Ramone Buford, Larry Thomas and Travis Trammell were some of 235 people set to be moved to the shuttered Radisson hotel in Lower Manhattan on Monday from 10.30am after Upper West Side neighbors claimed they had brought rampant drug use and lewd displays to the neighborhood. However plans won't go ahead for now as they asked a court to intervene, saying that the move to another area where residents have strongly opposed their presence would cause 'massive psychological damage' and 'irreparable harm'. The City temporarily halted plans but Mayor Bill de Blasio's press secretary Bill Neidhardt told the New York Post: 'We will meet the lawyers in court and we plan to prevail.  Hundreds of homeless people were set to be moved from the Upper West Side's The Lucerne hotel starting Monday morning However people living near the Financial District's...
    EAST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- A protest was held in Manhattan Friday over New York City's plan to move hundreds of homeless residents from a hotel on the Upper West Side to a shelter on the East Side.The demonstration was held outside the Harmonia Houses, which houses homeless adult families -- many with physical or mental disabilities -- on East 31st Street.After months of controversy, the city decided to move residents from the Lucerne Hotel -- which was temporarily converted to a shelter during the COVID-19 pandemic -- to Harmonia, displacing residents there.RELATED: Families displaced as NYC moves group of homeless men following outcryThe Legal Aid Society says they will now be scattered to other facilities with no guarantee they will receive the same services.Once the shelter is cleared, it is expected to be converted to a single men's facility.The city says the families will continue to receive the shelter and support and no one will be turned out onto the street.The decision to move the homeless residents out of the Lucerne came as a relief to many area residents,...
    UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- Activists are blasting City Hall's decision to pull the homeless from a hotel transformed into a shelter on the Upper West Side, ending months of controversy.The city took over the Lucerne Hotel at 79th Street and Amsterdam Avenue and converted it into a temporary shelter during the coronavirus pandemic, drawing complaints from area residents claiming the new arrivals were diminishing their quality of life.Community advocate Dana Lowey Luttway said the welfare of her neighborhood quickly plummeted when the Lucerne joined two other hotels in the neighborhood to house homeless. Neighbors reported seeing drug deals, public urination and even prostitution as the homeless population expanded without the services they desperately need."They're not getting it here," Luttway said. "They're getting it in an number of other facilities and shelters that we have coexisted compassionately with for years and and years. The Lucerne is what tipped the scale."RELATED | Manhattan homeless hotel causing concern for nearby residentsNow, the Department of Homeless Services said it will transfer the nearly 300 residents from the Lucerne to other facilities by...
    UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) -- Activists are blasting City Hall's decision to pull the homeless from a hotel transformed into a shelter on the Upper West Side, ending months of controversy.The city took over the Lucerne Hotel at 79th Street and Amsterdam Avenue and converted it into a temporary shelter during the coronavirus pandemic, drawing complaints from area residents claiming the new arrivals were diminishing their quality of life.Community advocate Dana Lowey Luttway said the welfare of her neighborhood quickly plummeted when the Lucerne joined two other hotels in the neighborhood to house homeless. Neighbors reported seeing drug deals, public urination and even prostitution as the homeless population expanded without the services they desperately need."They're not getting it here," Luttway said. "They're getting it in an number of other facilities and shelters that we have coexisted compassionately with for years and and years. The Lucerne is what tipped the scale."RELATED | Manhattan homeless hotel causing concern for nearby residentsNow, the Department of Homeless Services said it will transfer the nearly 300 residents from the Lucerne to other facilities by...
    New York City officials will soon start the process of removing homeless people from the city’s hotels, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) promised Monday. “It’s important to note that as the health situation has continued to improve, we’re gonna start the process of figuring out where we can get homeless individuals back into safe shelter facilities and reduce the reliance on hotels,” the mayor said during a press conference. Join us at City Hall with the latest updates. https://t.co/9gEfNsnnsA — Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) August 17, 2020 However, he did not give a timeline as to when the process would begin. The city moved thousands of homeless people from crowded shelters into hotels earlier this year to protect them from the coronavirus, according to NY1. As a result, Midtown residents said there was more narcotics use in the area, and they had been subjected to “aggressive physical and verbal behavior,” the outlet noted. In late July, a group of alleged drug addicts took over an area of Midtown Manhattan and were reportedly seen using heroin in broad daylight, according to...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Putting the homeless in hotels in New York has become a contentious issue, pitting neighborhoods against each other and putting city leaders on the hot seat with claims of mismanagement and rising crime rates. But in this debate we don’t often hear from the homeless, themselves. CBS2’s Dave Carlin has one man’s story about homelessness and life in a hotel shelter. “I never thought that I’d wind up in a homeless shelter when I was a kid,” Sal Salomon said. He was 8 years old when he attended public school in Hell’s Kitchen. Forty years later, he found himself on the streets and then in a series of New York City homeless shelters. MORE: Homeless Individuals Moved Out Of Hell’s Kitchen Hotel That Took Them In During Peak Of COVID-19 Pandemic He documented his time in shelters, from Brooklyn to Queens to the Bronx. He likened it to prison. Salomon also knows what prison was like. “When I was 19 I got locked up and I went to prison, for stealing a car. I changed my direction,...
    Homeless New Yorkers are finding shelter in more than 100 New York City Hotels-and every American is helping foot the bill, not just New Yorkers. Nearly $80 million was set aside to help homeless New Yorkers find shelter in top of the line hotels back in April. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) through taxpayer money, signed a contract agreeing to cover 75% of the cost of the rooms, according to Fox News. New York taxpayers would pick up the slack and foot the bill for other expenses like moving, staff, medical care and extra services. (RELATED: ‘We’re The Taxpayers’: At Least 139 Hotels Are Operating As Homeless Shelters In NYC Without Notifying Neighbors)  At least $140,000 has been raised by private donors including “Homeless Can’t Stay Home”. In 2018, Politico reported the city planned to spend $364 million each year to house homeless people in hotels by using long term contracts to cut costs. This followed a 2017 report from the Comptroller’s office...
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