2020 has sadly started with tragedy in the New York City shelter system. On January 11, 2020, it was reported that 2-month old boy/girl twins died at a family shelter located near LaGuardia Airport. The death of the twins at The Landing Hotel is the second reported tragic occurrence at the shelter in two months. Just this last November, a 38-year old man was fatally stabbed outside of The Landing Hotel.
According to the New York Post, the father of the twins said that he put the babies in their cribs for a nap, and when he checked on them a few hours later they were unresponsive. The babies were later declared dead at Elmhurst Hospital.
Deepest condolences to the family.
-The Homeless New Yorker
Earlier this month, two deadly stabbings resulting in the death of two men occurred at two different New York City homeless shelters.
According to ABC News, on November 5, 2019, a 38-year old man was fatally stabbed directly outside of The Landing Family Shelter, located in East Elmhurst, Queens, next to LaGuardia airport. Reportedly,an argument precipitated the stabbing that left the victim dead from a wound to his torso. The police have arrested a suspect in this case; a 34-year old man who had allegedly been evicted from the shelter in October 2019.
According to The New York Times, another fatal homeless shelter stabbing occurred on November 10, 2019. A resident at Basic Housing Men’s Homeless Shelter, located in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, was stabbed to death during a brawl with his roommate.
These incidents highlight the deadly dangers that are constantly present at a large majority of New York City homeless shelters. Many homeless shelter residents are not only grappling with the disorienting and detrimental affects of not having adequate housing, they are also facing life-threatening perils that are present at New York City homeless shelters.