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The city’s plan to move a group of homeless men from the Upper West Side to the Financial District has been temporarily halted — again, an appeals court ruled Thursday.
A group of FiDi residents and businesses called the Downtown New Yorkers, Inc. filed suit to block the forced relocation of some 200 homeless men residing at the Lucerne Hotel shelter to a Radisson hotel in their Lower Manhattan neighborhood.
In October, three homeless men living at the Lucerne won a bid to stall their move pending the lawsuit.
A judge cleared the way for the move last week — until Thursday’s ruling.
First Department, Appellate Division Judge Anil Singh Thursday granted a bid by the Downtown New Yorkers, Inc.’s and the three homeless — two of whom have since been placed in permanent housing — for a temporary pause of the move until a five-judge panel has the chance to hear the case later this month and eventually issue a ruling.
“They will remain at the Lucerne until further notice,” said Michael Hiller, who represented the three homeless men in the case.
Hiller said the decision means that the residents of the Lucerne “will continue to benefit from the treatments and programs that have been so successful.”
The city Law Department did not immediately return a request for comment.
“We are extremely gratified that the court recognized the seriousness of this situation and the potential harm a move will cause to both the homeless men and the Lower Manhattan neighborhood. To issue this stay, the court had to conclude that there is a likelihood that we will win the appeal on the merits. We look forward to presenting our position before the full Appellate Division panel,” said Theresa Vitug of Downtown New Yorkers.
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