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.

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“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.

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