Wealthy New Yorkers are furious that Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to open a homeless shelter in their expensive neighborhood and have formed an action group to ban “embarrassing” homeless veterans from setting foot in Manhattan.
Dozens of wealthy residents packed into a community meeting to voice their anger over the decision to move 150 homeless men into the former Park Savoy Hotel, NY1 reports. The residents are concerned that the move will decrease property values in their neighborhood known as “billionaires row.”
“How are these poor people, whose only livelihood is in one bag, deal with a $6 coffee and a $15,000 dress on the windows of Fifth Avenue?” asked one resident, a middle-aged man with a foreign accent. “Aren’t we breeding crime by doing this?” he asked, earning applause from the audience.
CBS2 reports that some residents have formed a group, the West 58th Street Coalition, to oppose the homeless shelter in their neighborhood. The report identified the coalition’s leader as Suzanne Silverstein, a fashion executive who is the president of upscale women’s fashion line Parker NY, according to her Linkedin profile.
DailyCaller reports that other members of the West 58th Street Coalition opposed to the homeless shelter for veterans have claimed to be thinking about the welfare of tourists in Manhattan.