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With Homelessness Up, Bowery Mission Is in ‘Urgent Need’ of Pantry Items

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

(Photo: Ilyse Liffreing)

The pantry at The Bowery Mission is bleakly bare. Where once enough food was stored to fill up the small shopping carts of the homeless who came in looking for comfort every two weeks, now the organization has to suggest its members come only once a month. It’s in “urgent need” of more food.
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Richard Gere Is On the Streets: 6 Things Homeless NYers Want His Film to Show

Richard Gere today. (Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

Richard Gere today. (Photo: Elizabeth Flock)

We found Richard Gere this morning huddled between two trash containers on East 10th Street, between First Avenue and Avenue A, where the actor is filming Time Out of Mind, a movie about a homeless man in New York.

Just blocks away, near Tompkins Square Park, a handful of actual homeless New Yorkers pushed carts filled with bottles and cans they had collected for resale. Over on Second Avenue and East Seventh Street, a group of “travelers” sat outside the shuttered May Chan restaurant. We asked both groups of people to share a little bit about their daily life. Here are six things they said the film should portray about homelessness in New York City.
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How the Squatter in Our Basement Drove Us Out of New York

Fridge.

“The real thrill existed in our new found ability to reach the fridge while still in bed.”

I often wonder if we would have ever left Manhattan, had a strange man not been living in the basement of our apartment.

Living in the city is a surreal experience for most post-grads – high rise buildings full to the brim with clouds of marijuana, organic produce, and receipts from the local dry cleaner – and if our little corner of the Lower East Side was not one of the last safe places for stowaways, vagabonds, and migrant workers, perhaps we would have continued on with life the way it was; my girlfriend, Danielle, pushing papers for a small corporate law office, and me, pitching diversity inclusive initiatives to one of the last generations of old white men in corporate advertising.
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Sorry Morrissey, The Bowery Mission Served 540 Turkeys to 7,000 People

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Mayor Bloomberg came by after the 8 a.m. meal and police commissioner Ray Kelly showed up a few hours later. But for the homeless and working poor people lined up outside the Bowery Mission on Thanksgiving Day, the glimpse of a VIP meant little compared to the prospect of a free turkey feast, a “blessing bag” of winter clothing, a new coat, and toys for the children. “People are nice here, very nice,” said a man shivering in a hooded sweatshirt as he waited to enter a tent leading to the Bowery Mission’s century-old chapel. “And the food is good.” Keep Reading »

The Space at Tompkins Is Finally Getting an Actual Space From Which to Help the Homeless

Andrea Stella, center. (Photo: Space at Tompkins)

The Space at Tompkins, despite its name, is a “completely street-based” organization, according to co-founder Andréa Stella. But next month the non-profit — which connects the city’s transient homeless with anything from peanut butter sandwiches to clean needles — will get an actual space of its own. If only for a week.
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