Housing Vision for Vacant Lots

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

A neat stretch of row houses comes to an abrupt halt at 2247 Walton Ave., in the Bronx, where a boarded-up house warning of rat poison sits beside a fenced-in lot covered in dead grass and garbage. The site has remained empty for several years and has served as an effective backdrop for media events held by Picture the Homeless, an advocacy group headquartered nearby.

Throughout the Bloomberg administration, Picture the Homeless campaigned for the city to turn the thousands of vacant lots and buildings strewn across the boroughs into affordable housing for the city’s growing homeless population.

The group may now have a high-profile ally to champion its cause: Mayor Bill de Blasio.


Meals on Wheels for Homeless

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

He’s a man with a van — and a mission.

Construction worker Carlos Vargas, who started a mobile food pantry four years ago, and his volunteer crew feed up to 150 people a week in the Bronx and Manhattan, at a time when the city’s homeless population is the highest since the Great Depression.


Vegetarian Meals for the Hungry

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

It’s a crisp Friday at 9 a.m. near Tompkins Square Park and there’s already more than a dozen hungry New Yorkers queued along Avenue A. The food won’t arrive for another hour, but the men and women on line know what’s coming is well worth the wait.

Food For Life has been serving hungry New Yorkers at Avenue A and E. 7th Street every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning since 2005. While many of the people who gather are homeless, local residents with financial difficulties also come because the food is free, healthful and tasty.

“I try to go to other places but the food isn’t as good, it’s always fresh here. That’s hard to find when you can’t afford to buy food,” said Mark Estan, 42.


Strand Turns Page on Controversy

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

The Strand Book Store used its sprinkler system to drive away homeless people from beneath its famous red awning and yanked a sign warning people of the tactic after a reporter asked about it, DNAinfo New York has learned.

Signs reading, “Warning: Sprinkler System Will Run Periodically From 10:30 PM-9:00 AM” were placed on the wall of the bookshop at the corner of East 12th Street and Broadway. Some homeless people said they were doused when they tried to sleep on the sidewalk in front of the store, store employees and the homeless said.


NYCity Snapshot: How Can the New Mayor Help You?

Monday, November 4th, 2013

Mission Takes on New Urgency

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Group Fights for Homeless Teens

Saturday, November 12th, 2011