City won’t move homeless men into Lower East Side hotel until February



The city has agreed to not move any homeless men into the Lower East Side Blue Moon Hotel before Feb. 9 — which will allow locals more time to pursue their lawsuit blocking the shelter, new court papers show.

A group of landlords, residents and a restaurant on Monday filed suit to block the city from moving 70 homeless men into the hotel arguing that the facility would be overcrowded and could spark a coronavirus outbreak.

The locals wanted a judge to hold an emergency hearing since the city’s lease with the Blue Moon Hotel was allegedly set for Jan. 1, the suit said.

But Thursday, the city said that it “will not place any client occupants at the proposed shelter before February 9,” according to a court stipulation in the case.

Because of the one-month pause on the shelter opening, the locals withdrew their request for the temporary restraining order and are now asking the judge to hold a hearing in early February.

A community board hearing was held on Thursday for the city to present their plan on the shelter.

A local source told The Post that the city representative at the community board meeting provided very little information on the shelter.

“Folks were frustrated that we were having a meeting to talk about a rather important thing in the community … and then they came to a community consultation with really no information,” the source said.

“I do believe that the fact that there was a legal action has given pause to this proceeding in the expedited manner that the city had originally wished,” the source added.

The source said that the city agreed to hold another community board meeting before the shelter is opened.

The Benny Goodman room is seen at the Blue Moon Hotel.
The Benny Goodman room is seen at the Blue Moon Hotel.
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A lawyer representing the locals declined to comment.

The city and the city Law Department did not immediately return a request for comment.


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