Homeless children treated to museum visit as protesters gather at Queens temporary shelter

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UPPER WEST SIDE, Manhattan — Dozens of homeless children were treated to a day at the museum Saturday as protesters gathered at their temporary shelter in Queens.

In a video uploaded to Twitter titled “A Special Field Trip,” Mayor Bill de Blasio gives a look at the other side of the homeless crisis.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in front the Holiday Inn on 55th Road in Maspeth that the city plans on converting into a homeless shelter. They also marched in Bellerose and Floral Park to voice their discontent.

When city officials learned about the protests, they took action to keep the kids away from the mobs.

“How do you explain to children why angry adults are out in front of the place they’re living and want to throw them into the streets?” said the city’s Human Resources Administration Coordinator Steven Banks.

Banks coordinated with the Children’s Museum of Manhattan to arrange a day of fun for the families.

Maspeth residents have been vocal about not wanting the homeless shelter to open in their community. They say there is concern about security and quality of life in their neighborhoods.

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