Downtown New Yorkers, Inc. is confident of the likelihood that our appeal will be successful on its merits. We are now preparing for the next stage of this fight and will continue to fight against the City’s efforts to use the Radisson illegally as part of its scheme to convert the Radisson into a PERMANENT Adult Family Shelter with 289 rooms and two individuals per room.
We will oppose any additional permanent shelters including the proposed “Safe Haven Shelter” at 105 Washington Street and any future attempts by the City to destabilize the Lower Manhattan neighborhoods. We also know DHS misled Community Board 1 on the presence of another shelter in the district. This information only became known because of our lawsuit.
Court Rules The Men Can Stay at the Lucerne
A five-judge appellate panel unanimously blocks the City of New York from transferring all the homeless men of Lucerne from the UWS to the Radisson in Lower Manhattan — saying the city is only “permitted to relocate those residents who voluntarily choose to be moved.”
The ruling gives DNY another win in their fight against City’s mishandling of the homeless crisis during the pandemic and sets the stage for the next round of legal recourse.
DNY Milestone Win
The Appellate Division, First Department, of the New York State Supreme Court grants a stay to Downtown New Yorkers, Inc., preventing the City from moving 230 homeless men from the Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side to the Radisson Hotel at 52 William Street in Lower Manhattan. A five-judge Appellate Division panel will consider the case on Monday, December 14.
DNY Files Emergency Motion
Downtown New Yorkers, Inc., files a 53-page emergency motion in the Appellate Division, First Department, of the New York State Supreme Court seeking to stop the transfer of 235 men from the Lucerne Hotel on the Upper West Side to the former Radisson Hotel at 52 William Street until the appeal of the lower court judge’s recent dismissal can be heard.
DNY Neighborhood Meeting
Downtown New Yorkers holds an online Neighborhood Meeting with the public at large where legal counsel Kenneth Fisher of Cozen O’Connor explains where the case currently stands and the plan to prevail in the courts.
DNY Launches Online Petition
Downtown New Yorkers launches the official petition in support of this effort. You can sign it here.
The judge dismisses all cases related to the homeless shelter. Downtown New Yorkers prepares to file an appeal.
Judge Debra James hears arguments from all parties, including Downtown New Yorkers.
Supreme Court Justice Debra A. James grants a TRO filed by the residents of the Lucerne preventing the City from moving those individuals in the Radisson until after November 16th, 2020
New York Supreme Court Justice Debra A. James denies DNY’s request for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO).
DNY Sues The City of New York
On behalf of Downtown New Yorkers, Inc., Cozen O’Connor files for a Temporary Restraining Order against The City of New York to prevent the homeless residents of the Lucerne Hotel from being moved to the Radisson at 52 Willam Street in the heart of the Financial District.
DNY Retains Legal Counsel
Downtown New Yorkers, Inc. engages nationally ranked law firm Cozen O’Connor to sue The City of New York.
Propelled by residents’ requests, organizers form Downtown New Yorkers, Inc., a not-for-profit entity with the purpose of collecting donations for the legal recourse.
CB1 holds a public online meeting (Manhattan Community Board 1: Proposed Shelter in the Financial District) regarding the issue. A Downtown New Yorkers volunteer formally introduces the civic group to the broader public.
Downtown residents react and form the Downtown NYCers for Safe Streets initiative.
The City of New York issues a press release announcement stating that the Lucerne Hotel residents are to be moved to the Radisson hotel at 52 Willam Street in the heart of the Financial District.