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What happens next after city offi cially opens Glendale shelter
Th e tension in Glendale and its surrounding
Photo by Dean Moses
The city offi cially opened the Glendale homeless shelter despite intense push back from the community.
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neighborhoods is palpable since
the city offi cially opened the Cooper
Rapid Rehousing Center, a 200-bed single
men homeless shelter in a former factory
at 78-16 Cooper Ave.
Th e opening comes a week aft er a judge
dismissed a lawsuit aimed at halting construction
at the site which was fi led by a
group of Glendale residents who alleged
the city had not conducted a thorough
environmental study at the location.
Aft er their suit was tossed out, the residents
still hoped they could stop the construction
through objections fi led with
the Department of Buildings alleging the
shelter would violate its current zoning
requirements. When the DOB granted a
temporary certifi cate of occupancy, DHS
immediately moved approximately 10
men into the shelter with plans to gradually
move many more to the facility over
the next few years.
City Councilman Robert Holden condemned
DHS for “acting as a rogue agency
and usurping laws, regulations, and
process.” He also declared “this fi ght is
not over,” and one wonders what happens
Th e fi ght against the Cooper Avenue
shelter has gone on for years and who
could forget the Community Board 5
public hearing last October at Christ the
King High School where a mob mentality
and bigoted anti-homeless vitriol
spread like a contagion among the nearly
1,000 citizens that packed the auditorium
Anyone who spoke in favor of the shelter
was shouted down by their own neighbors
and when a woman from Astoria
stepped to the microphone and said “I
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hope somebody’s going to burn the place
down,” the crowd erupted in cheers.
Th e moment was caught on video that
went viral on social media that same night
bringing shame to Queens. DHS Deputy
Commissioner Matt Borden put his foot
down from the stage.
“You can’t threaten to bomb a shelter
where there are people living,” he said.
“I refuse to accept a New Yorker would
But she did and one wonders what happens
next. Let’s all hope cooler heads
prevail in Glendale and its surrounding
neighborhoods in the coming weeks and