Faith Leaders, Lucerne Res, UWS Community Stage Sit-In @ Gracie Mansion to Protest BDB's Tale of Two Cities

Urge Mayor to stop the scheduled transfer of the residents of the Lucerne to the Radisson, and stop letting wealthy, private interests drive public policy

NEW YORK, NY (10/15/2020) (readMedia)-- Today, faith leaders, homeless residents from the Lucerne, elected officials, and advocates will stage a sit-in at Gracie Mansion to protest Mayor de Blasio's decision to move shelter residents to the Radisson, and announce a declaration of support of shelter residents by the faith community. The move is scheduled to begin on October 19th, with a downtown NIMBY group threatening to raise $1million to make the men move yet again. This same group filed an injunction today to stop the move. The issue has become a flashpoint in city politics with nearly every candidate for mayor weighing in against de Blasio's ill conceived decision.

In August, Bill de Blasio caved to a group of Upper West Siders who started a racist facebook group and raised $150,000 to hire top litigator Randy Mastro to kick Project Renewal shelter residents out of the Lucerne. The Mayor's decision to move the shelter has emboldened NIMBYs across New York City to privately fundraise ever-growing sums to keep shelters out of their neighborhoods. As a result, some shelter residents will move -- in the middle of a pandemic -- for the third or even fourth time.


Homeless residents

Faith Leaders

UWS Open Hearts

Elected officials






Rally + sit-in at Gracie Mansion with faith leaders, homeless residents, elected officials, UWS open hearts, and advocacy groups to protest de Blasio’s Tale of Two Cities.

WHEN: Thursday October 15, 2020 at 05:45PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
WHERE: In front of Gracie Mansion
East End Ave + 86th Street
New York

Event will also be live streamed on