Hell’s Kitchen Board Implores City To Reduce Hotel Shelters

HELL’S KITCHEN, NY — A Hell’s Kitchen community board renewed a call this week for the city to reduce the density of temporary homeless shelters in the neighborhood, saying increased crime and drug use associated with the facilities was causing a public health crisis in the area.

Members of Community Board 4 strained to distinguish the situation in Hell’s Kitchen from similar battles over the pandemic-era hotel shelters that have played out in other neighborhoods, saying they objected only to the concentration of shelters around West 36th and 37th streets and were open to relocating the shelters to elsewhere in the district.

“This is not NIMBYism. This is a common-sense request for a reduction,” board member Maria Ortiz said, using the acronym for “not in my backyard.”

The board voted unanimously Wednesday to send a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea and Department of Homeless Services Commissioner Steven Banks, noting that three hotels on the two streets have been converted into temporary shelters — part of the city’s effort to reduce crowding during the coronavirus pandemic.

A handful of residents who spoke at Wednesday’s meeting said that more than 800 shelter beds on 36th and 37th streets have caused a marked decline in their quality of life.

“We all legitimately fear for our safety and health every time we walk out the front door,” neighbor Brian Weber said.

Members of Manhattan Community Board 4 voted unanimously to send a letter to city officials objecting to the density of temporary shelters in the neighborhood. (Manhattan Community Board 4)

Resident Alexander Vitelli said he objected to the open drug use and perceived crime increase that arrived along with shelters, rather than the homeless residents themselves.

“I’m not going to sit here and say that it’s a homeless issue,” he said. “This is more than that — it is a mental health issue, it is a drug issue.”

‘We’re not looking to ship this out’

For months, Midtown and Hell’s Kitchen residents have complained about being host to a disproportionate number of temporary shelters. An August NY1 report found that the neighborhood had the most “homeless hotels” anywhere in the city.

That includes the SpringHill Suites and DoubleTree hotels on West 36th Street and the Hilton Garden Inn on 37th, according to the board.

In a draft of the board’s letter, which was shared with Patch, members also cite open intoxication, sexual harassment of women, aggressive panhandling, senior citizens being knocked down on the sidewalk and groups of maskless people congregated on sidewalks, among other concerns.

Besides reducing density, the board asks city officials to hold shelter providers accountable for poor management, provide homeless street outreach in the area and coordinate NYPD public safety enforcement.

Board chair Lowell Kern noted that the board had sent three previous letters to DHS about shelter density but that the agency had responded dismissively, saying the coronavirus crisis required emergency measures.

DHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The board

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InventHelp Inventor Develops Way to Reduce Embarrassing Bathroom Odors (NWO-406)

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — “I wanted an effective and easy way to eliminate embarrassing odors from the bathroom, especially when you have company over for parties or events,” said an inventor from Raceland, LA., “so I invented the FUME-A-GATOR.”

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The patent-pending invention provides an effective means of eliminating unpleasant odors in the bathroom by releasing a pleasant scent throughout the room when using the toilet.  With this invention, individuals could rest knowing that unpleasant odors in the bathroom could be avoided.  With this device, a pleasant fragrance would be readily available and easily accessible when needed.  This device would also eliminate the use of expensive sprays to dispel odors in the bathroom, which could save individuals a considerable amount of money.  Users could avoid embarrassment with the use of this concept and it is designed to be simple to use, practical, convenient, and reasonably priced.  This device would be ideal for use in any home in addition to commercial businesses such as restaurants, hotels, motels, etc.

The inventor described the invention design. “I wanted to find a solution to embarrassing bathroom odors that would also contribute to a cleaner, more sanitary bathroom.”

The original design was submitted to the New Orleans sales office of InventHelp. It is currently available for licensing or sale to manufacturers or marketers. For more information, write Dept. 19-NWO-406, InventHelp, 217 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or call (412) 288-1300 ext. 1368. Learn more about InventHelp’s Invention Submission Services at https://www.InventHelp.com.



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How to Reduce or Eliminate Your Mistakes in Interior Design and Decorating

We all reside in houses of one kind or another. When furnished, whether well done or not, they constitute the environment in which we spend the great part of our lives. These environments influence us continually and profoundly.

To the degree that your home is beautiful and comfortable affects us favorably and provides a wonderful haven for recuperation of mind and body. It also facilitates a richer and more satisfying life. To the degree that it is uncomfortable and lacking in beauty, it provides the exact opposite. This can develop into a potentially devastating degree.

As you can see, a properly furnished home is a very significant matter. It affects your life, as well as your attitude and ambitions. Your home should be an environment that is as supportive of your life as possible. Therefore, knowledge of how to furnish a house properly is very meaningful.

Beauty and comfort in a home do not result from chance or happen by accident. They result from the proper application of a reasoned process. Two quotes on the back of my business card illustrate this perfectly. They are the foundations of my business philosophy. Firstly, “Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.” Secondly, “When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.”

Transforming a blank canvas into a picture or carving a block of stone into a beautiful sculpture is comparatively less creative of an endeavor than transforming an empty house into a place of beauty and comfort. The major distinction between the painting or sculpture and a house is that you are looking at the artwork. In the home you are not only looking at the interiors, but you’re also enveloped in them. Therefore, interior design and decoration is also an art of selection and arrangement in a three-dimensional environment. This will require knowledge, appreciation, discrimination, and good judgment. Since interior design is a part of architecture, like a hand in a glove, it differs from painting and sculpture in that it has a very practical aim. Your home must not only look good, but function well. Being supportive of your lifestyle is the end goal.

When you set out to furnish your home, you face a threefold problem.

  1. You must select and arrange items that suit the age, sex, and temperament of the individuals; whether one or many, as well as meet the needs, express the tastes and aspirations, and fit the budget.
  2. You must see to it that the furniture and accessories are selected and arranged to suit the home in terms of scale, proportion, coloring, and style. It may be eclectic, transitional, traditional, or contemporary.
  3. Finally, you must see to it that these things are not only suitable, but also good-looking and aesthetically pleasing. In addition, they must all combine to form a harmonious and beautiful whole.

The treatment of your house and each room within it involves the interplay of three factors, which I differentiate as the personal, the architectural, …

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