The latest chapter into the controversy of corporate hotels quickly transitioning into homeless shelters around the city involves a lawsuit against the city of New York and Homeless Commissioner Steven Banks.
All of this is focused around the practice being proposed for the Holiday Inn Express off the LIE in Maspeth.
"It's time for change, this is not right," said Nina, an area resident.
On Wednesday night a spirited crowd with sharp verbal jabs came out to a Community Board meeting that started with the crowd of nearly 1,000 turning their backs on Commissioner Banks.
"It's a travesty what these politicians do and get away with without having public opinion, that is why we all stand here with our backs to him," said one attendee.
Commissioner Banks took very few questions. He primarily sat in his suit, tie and loafers. The only movement on his body was the slow twitch of his fingers.
His body language did not sit well for many at the meeting.
"He is so ice cold. He sued the city for the last thirty years, reaping our tax dollars. He is insensitive to he whole thing, the man should get kicked out and De Blasio should get a new commissioner put in."
This fight by these residents comes at a time when Commissioner Banks and Mayor De Blasio stated it was their goal to end their reliance on the hotels for shelter spaces.
Both admitted that homeless families deserve better, but the push to turn this hotel into a shelter is still on, and residents say their fight will continue.
"People are not going to stop and that is the point."