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Protest at City Hall planned against men’s shelter in Gravesend

May 17, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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GRAVESEND TO CITY HALL — A PROTEST AGAINST a proposed men’s homeless shelter in Gravesend is being taken to City Hall later this month, with two elected officials leading the charge. State Assemblymember William Colton and City Councilmember Susan Zhuang, whose districts largely overlap, are organizing the rally and arranging chartered buses to transport participants from the site of the shelter, at 86th and 25th Ave., to City Hall for a 10:30 a.m. protest on Thursday, May 23. The shelter has received tremendous local opposition with over 52,000 people signing a petition demanding that the city withdraw its plan. Several rallies have also taken place at the site, the last of which drew several thousand participants who marched along 86th Street carrying signs with messages such as: “Help the Homeless by Creating Jobs Not Building Shelters,” “Children’s Safety First! No Homeless Shelter,” and “Yes to Affordable Housing! No to Shelters!”

The developer is Tejpal Sandhu of 86th Street NY LLC, who has filed papers with the city’s Department of Buildings to construct a 32-room hotel with a community facility attached. Recently, alert neighbors noted that a stop-work order on the site had been violated and the sign torn down.

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