Three homeless men who intervened in a lawsuit to stop their forced relocation from a shelter at the Upper West Side’s Lucerne Hotel to one in the Financial District have appealed a recent ruling green-lighting the move.
Ramone Buford, Larry Thomas and Travis Trammell were three homeless men, among over 200, who were being housed at the controversial Manhattan shelter during the pandemic and who the city planned to move to a Radisson hotel in the FiDi.
The men — two of whom have since been placed in permanent housing — intervened in the lawsuit brought by a group of businesses and residents of FiDi, called Downtown New Yorkers, Inc., seeking to block the relocation.
The move was temporarily put on hold pending the outcome of the case — until Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Debra James tossed out the suit last week, clearing the way for the relocation.
The appeal follows on the heels of Downtown New Yorkers filing their own challenge to the ruling Friday.
The city Law Department did not immediately return a request for comment.