On the Market: Homelessness on the Rise Under de Blasio; Diners Continuing to Vanish

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Despite Bill de Blasio’s vows to curb homelessness—and possibly his best efforts, as well—the number of people entering the shelter system and the length of their stay there has increased, The New York Times reports. “And in another troubling sign, the number of families re-entering shelters within a year of leaving is increasing as well,” they add.

The development of the Long Island College Hospital site is another sore spot for the mayor’s administration, The Wall Street Journal reports, with many in the community feeling betrayed by his backing of an unpopular plan put forth by Fortis Property Group. Like almost everyone else, they report that he’s “long given up on a full-service hospital at the site” and is now just trying to negotiate affordable units at the site. “The whole situation became a total mess,” a top mayoral adviser told the paper.

Much like the middle-class population that once patronized them, diners are a vanishing breed in the city, Crain’s reports. “Between economic pressures, changes in eating habits and a next-generation not as interested as their parents in spending 16 hours a day manning a cash register, the city’s diner scene may soon no longer exist.”

In other drinking and dining establishment news, locals say they are dreading the return of longtime Greenwich Village dive bar Chumley’s, Gothamist reports. Nonetheless, “in a neighborhood where real estate prices soar ever upward, many see Chumley’s not only as an affordable alternative but also as a testament to the authenticity of the neighborhood’s character.”

The former Staten Island retreat of Catholic social activist Dorothy Day is now a vacant lot, but preservationists are moving to save it nonetheless, according to The New York Times.

Meanwhile, Billie Holiday’s last home at 26 W. 87th Street is asking $12.95 million, twice as much as it sold for five years ago, Curbed reports.

Sam Zell has agreed to sell about a quarter of the units in his real estate company Equity Residential portfolio—some 23,000 apartments—for $5.4 billion to the Starwood Capital Group, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Finally, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens is getting a gourmet falafel spot called Kulushkat, which will offer the fried chickpea balls and other Israeli specialties, according to DNAInfo.

On the Market: Homelessness on the Rise Under de Blasio; Diners Continuing to Vanish