UPPER WEST SIDE, NY — A day after a New York judge cleared the way for the nearly 300 men staying at The Lucerne hotel on the Upper West Side to get moved to the Financial District. A local homeless advocacy group teamed up with Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer to make sure all the residents had a Thanksgiving meal.
The UWS Open Hearts organization, a leading voice in the fight to keep the homeless men housed at The Lucerne over the past four months on the Upper West Side, helped distribute over 400 Thanksgiving meals on Thursday outside the entrance of the temporary shelter at 201 West 79th Street.
“What we really want to ask the mayor is that he reconsider, that let the men stay here for the holidays,” said Corinne Low, the founder of the UWS Open Hearts organization, in a news release. “This is such a delicate time for sobriety and it’s so important that they have the stability that they found here, the community support, the support from faith leaders.”
Brewer also joined in the food distribution outside of The Lucerne on Thanksgiving.
The food was provided by Goddard Riverside, a non-profit that offers assistance to people experiencing homelessness in Manhattan, among many other social services.