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We should be ashamed of wild CB 5 shelter meeting
Th e borough of Queens was disgraced
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REACH: 16,023 people reached (as of 10/7/19)
by its own sons and daughters
at a Community Board 5 public hearing
Monday night where a mob mentality
and bigoted anti-homeless vitriol infected
nearly 1,000 citizens.
Just a week earlier, CB5 District
Manager Gary Giordano said he was
hoping to have a calm and respectful
hearing but opponents of a proposed
homeless shelter in Glendale began
heckling during a moment of silence for
the four homeless men who were beaten
to death over the weekend in Chinatown.
Th ings quickly turned uglier when
CB5 member Crystal Wolfe, a Maspeth
resident who authored a comprehensive
book on the homeless called “Our
Invisible Neighbors,” which dispelled
some of the misconceptions that surround
New York City’s homeless crisis.
Wolfe was compelled to write the
book aft er witnessing the nightly protests
against the city’s plan to convert
the Maspeth Holiday Inn Express into a
homeless shelter in 2017.
She was shouted down by the crowd as
she tried to debunk what she deemed to
be misinformation — shouted down by
many of the same people who inspired
her to write the book in the fi rst place.
Raquel Namuche, an organizer with
the Ridgewood Tenants Union implored
the crowd to work together to fi ght City
Hall to build “housing for those that
need it.” Th e blowback from the mob
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was so intense, Namuche’s own mother
moved forward to protect her, before
police escorted her group from the auditorium.
Th e meeting cratered even further
when a woman named Isabella from
Astoria stepped to the microphone and
brought the crowd to cheers when she
said, “I do not care about the homeless.
I feel sorry, but I don’t want them in my
backyard. Th ey are a ticking time bomb.
I hope somebody’s going to burn the
Th at was when Assistant Commissioner
of Government Aff airs 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 the exchange went
viral on social media bringing shame to a
borough that fought so hard for decades
to dispel its Archie Bunker image made
famous in “All in the Family”, the 70s sitcom
created by Norman Lear. So many
Queens residents watch the racist rantings
of Bunker today and say that’s not
us, not these days.
Make them watch video clips of the
CB5 meeting and they will have to admit,
Archie Bunker still lives on in the borough’s
DNA. Isabella and the mob that
did the shouting, ironically inside the
auditorium at Christ the King, proved it
to be true.
Photo: Max Parrot/QNS
State Sen. Joseph Addabbo speaks during Community Board 5’s meeting on the proposed Glendale