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.
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.
Monday, November 26th, 2012
The New York City Rescue Mission has a lot to be thankful for post-Sandy.
“It’s a little bit of a hardship to be blocks away from the worst of it,” said Joe Little, the mission’s director of community relations. “But, we were able to sustain some continuity for four or five days while being in the middle of mild-mannered chaos.”
While the mission lost power for four days, they continued to feed hundreds of people, including what Little calls the “perennial homeless” and the “temporarily homeless.”