Luxury Condos Converted Into Homeless Shelter


We were heartened to see this morning that the city has implemented a version of the plan we proposed for the Hamptons, and converted one of the many new condo buildings left barren by the bust into a homeless shelter. So far, both the new residents of the 67-unit Crown Heights building — which has such amenities as granite countertops, terraces, marble bathrooms, and walk-in closets, according to the Daily News— and the building's owner have found it to be a win-win situation. "With the market being the way it is you have to be creative," the owner told the paper. "At least we still own the building and we are paying our mortgage, so that's good." Of course, there is some tension with the neighbors, who are being shockingly uncharitable about their new neighbors. To their faces, too:

"People are saying we don't deserve to live here," said an 18-year-old man who gave his name only as "Boss," who moved into a two-bedroom apartment with his mom last week. "Just because a person fell out doesn't mean they don't deserve a place to stay," he said.

Don't worry, Boss, you'll be able to get away from those mean neighbors by transferring to another equally, if not more luxurious, homeless shelter when the the Trump Soho opens in the fall.

City turns upscale building in Crown Heights into homeless shelter [NYDN]