Homeless shelter planned near playground sparks controversy
UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan (PIX11) — Mayor Eric Adams has been saying it over and over again: New York City is in a humanitarian crisis, desperately trying to provide enough beds for all the homeless men, women, and children in the city.
But a group of Upper West Side residents is upset about a planned shelter next to a playground.
Gilgo murders suspect Rex Heuermann’s backyard dug up by police “Anyone framing us as anti-homeless or NIMBY is intentionally misrepresenting our cause,” Heather Groeger, a parent organizer at the playground, told PIX11 News on Sunday.
She said she does not want her 7-year-old son playing in the Ederle playground on West 59th Street near West End Avenue next to a planned homeless shelter for 200 women with possible mental health and substance abuse issues.
She is particularly concerned about cigarette smoking right by where the children attend movie night.