Harlem & UWS Officials, Advocates, & Lucerne Res Protest Transfer, Push for Equity & Shared Responsibility

Communities of color already house more shelters and treatment facilities compared to white, wealthier neighborhoods; Mayor de Blasio caved to UWS voices over the demands of black and brown homeless New Yorkers

NEW YORK, NY (10/18/2020) (readMedia)-- On Monday -- the same day the men are scheduled to leave the Lucerne for a hotel downtown -- Senator Brian Benjamin, Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal, Councilmember Helen Rosenthal, Lucerne shelter residents, UWS Open Hearts and members of the Greater Harlem Coalition will urge all New Yorkers to commit to health equity and shared responsibility in caring for the homeless. Communities of color already house a disproportionate number of shelters and treatment facilities, compared to whiter, wealthier neighborhoods like the UWS which can afford to hire lawyers to override public policy.

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 are moving -- in the middle of a pandemic -- for the third or even fourth time.


State Senator Brian Benjamin

Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal

Councilmember Helen Rosenthal

Members of the Greater Harlem Coalition

UWS Open Hearts

Residents of the Lucerne including Shams Da Homeless Hero

Office of the Public Advocate



Rally ahead of the scheduled transfer for the men from the Lucerne to Downtown Manhattan.

WHEN: Monday October 19, 2020 at 09:30AM Eastern Time (US & Canada)
WHERE: In front of the Lucerne Hotel
201 W 79th St
New York City, New York 10024