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Bronx homeless shelter still looks like a hotel

These signs won’t lead to a good time.

Two massive Capri Whitestone Motel signs are still luring would-be guests to the former seedy roadside stopover three months after it was transformed into a city homeless shelter, residents and local leaders said.

“We feel (the signs are) inappropriate,” Bronx Community Board 10 district manager Ken Kearns said. “It stigmatizes (the residents) because people still think it’s a hot-sheet hotel.”

The Capri Whitestone was known for its bedbugs, blood-stained mattresses and guests who booked rooms by the hour. The city turned the site into a homeless shelter in September.

NYC PAPERS OUT. Social media use restricted to low res file max 184 x 128 pixels and 72 dpiAndrew Savulich/New York Daily News The Capri Whitestone Motel was turned into a homeless shelter in September. But guests looking to rent rooms by the hour still show up thanks to two large signs outside the facility.

But that hasn’t stopped sleazy clients from pulling into the parking lot looking for pay-by-the-hour-rates, say neighbors who want the provider contracted to run the facility, the Acacia Network, to take down the signs.

Some of the thrill-seekers are even propositioning some of the shelter’s residents, they said.
Acacia did not respond to a request for comment.

dslattery@nydailynews.com

Lifestyle – NY Daily News

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