A luxury building in Queens is now doubling as a homeless shelter

They began living at the building in Kew Gardens on Friday

TRD New York /
Oct.October 03, 2017 04:00 PM

The Kewl

The city is renting dozens of hotel rooms in a new Queens luxury apartment-and-hotel complex.

The Kew Gardens building at 123-28 82nd Avenue contains a hotel run by Comfort Inn with 84 rooms and 38 luxury units in a residential part of the building, dubbed “the Kewl.” The city began using the hotel rooms as a homeless shelter on Friday, according to DNAinfo.

Homeless single men are currently living in 19 hotel rooms, and the Department of Homeless Services expects it will eventually fill all the rooms. Tenants at the Kewl and local Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz have voiced their unhappiness with the decision.

Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to stop using hotels as shelters by 2023, but the hotel is currently the only spot in Queens Community District 9 where the homeless can go, according to DHS. The agency said it intends to find new shelter space for the more than 300 homeless people in the neighborhood. [DNAinfo]Eddie Small


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
From left: Bruce Molser, David Schechtman, Bob Knakal, David Greenbaum, and Judi Pulice

New York’s real estate bigwigs offer predictions for 2020

Mayor Bill de Blasio and subway damage caused by Hurricane Sandy (Credit: Getty Images)

Program to rebuild Sandy-damaged homes needs extra $92M

Donald Trump with Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II, Rep. Ron Kind and Sen. Cory Booker (Credit: Getty Images, iStock)

Trump’s Opportunity Zone program is under investigation

From left:  Council member Rafael Espinal, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council member Antonio Reynoso (Credit: Getty Images, iStock)

Bushwick rezoning impasse puts de Blasio’s housing plan at risk

Neir’s Tavern (Credit: Google Maps)

City’s oldest bar, of “Goodfellas” fame, gets last-minute lifeline

Carl Heastie highlighted homelessness and housing affordability in remarks to open the 2020 session (Credit: Facebook, Getty Images)

Heastie drills down on homelessness, affordable housing

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a rendering of Penn Station (Credit: Getty Images, Governor's Office)

Landlord to Cuomo: “No intention of selling” Penn Station site

Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Mayor Bill de Blasio (Credit: Getty Images, iStock)

Here’s why Jersey City is joining Newark in suing de Blasio

arrow_forward_ios
Loading...