Earlier this week, the city opened a new homeless shelter in the Bronx called Marsha’s Place. It’s the first shelter specifically for LGBTQ young adults. And in a city where 40 percent of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, the need for customized shelters like Marsha’s Place is high. But some advocates and homeless youth say there are still too many barriers to getting a spot.
The deadly gas explosion in East Harlem three years ago represented a worst case scenario. Con Edison’s settlement of more than $150 million with New York signals an increased city-wide focus on gas leaks. One residential building in West Harlem has been without gas since November, after one call led to extreme precaution. Hannah Long-Higgins has the story.