NY migrants refuse to leave Midtown hotel for new shelter

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A group of asylum seekers in Midtown refused to board buses heading to a pop up shelter inside Brooklyn’s Cruise Terminal Monday morning, calling it “inhumane.”

The standoff began Sunday afternoon, when migrants began returning to the Watson Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, dismayed by conditions they encountered at the 1,000-bed facility in Red Hook, Brooklyn.

Several men who had been bused to the Red Hook facility described arriving to frigid temperatures, with no apparent heat or hot water, uncomfortable cots, no privacy and no personal space to store belongings.

By Monday morning, as word spread of the conditions at the Brooklyn facility, many migrants were refusing to leave the Midtown hotel.

On Jan. 21, the city said it needed the single men to move to the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal so it can reopen the Watson to migrant families.

Read more at Gothamist.com

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