2002-02-02 / Editorial/Opinion

No…Please, This Is My Home

No…Please, This Is My Home!

In this week's issue, there is a story about how an unidentified homeless man was removed from his makeshift cinderblock home near the boardwalk on Beach 67 Street by New York City Police. It is suspected that the man had been living there for a number of weeks, considering how he was able to carefully and painstakingly construct the domicile. As police escorted him from his home, the homeless man's belongings, which consisted of a small cooler for his food, a few articles of clothing, and worn blankets, were left along a path leading toward the beach. It was heart wrenching to say the least. It is a very sad commentary on the state of affordable housing in the Rockaways, when a man is forced to take such drastic measures just to have a somewhere to live. It is a sharp contrast to the fact that many expensive homes that seem to be springing up all over the Rockaways. In the weeks to come, this man's story will probably find its way into the daily papers, and the debate over housing for the poor in New York City will be thrust to the forefront once again. Then again, it may end up being just another sad situation that the city and the dailies choose to ignore; much like the homeless.

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