Migrant Crisis: Protesting Migrant Shelter At Former Nursing Home Where Tenants Were Evicted To Make Room

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Protests have been occurring nearly every night at the Father Capodanno Blvd location of the former Island Shores Nursing Home. The assisted living facility was one of the island’s few affordable senior housing accommodations. However, Homes For The Homeless decided to evict the residents of the nursing home, and they entered into a contract with the City of New York to make the premises a migrant shelter instead.

You can see the video where local politicians spoke out about this same issue at this location the following day here.

On this evening, at least one person was arrested. However, the number of police officers was disturbing to Curtis Sliwa, who you can see yelling at the police in a peaceful confrontation, demanding to know why there are is such a large police presence for a peaceful protest.

Senator Lanza speaks with reporters at the Island Shores Nursing Home Protest. Image Credit - Sean Fitzpatrick

Senator Lanza speaks with reporters at the Island Shores Nursing Home Protest. Image Credit – Sean Fitzpatrick

Thus far, even with protests occurring every night at this location by some members of the community, there has not been any violence. That includes violence against migrants, against one another, or against police.


Curtis demanded to know why the police are treating this community, which was the only community in all of NYC that stood with the officers during Black Lives Matter protests, as if they are the enemy. He also promises that the protests will continue every night until the migrant shelter is closed, and the community wants the building returned to the senior citizens that previously resided there.

See some of our previous coverage of these issues at the following links:  Rep. Malliotakis joins Floyd Bennett Field hearing

Ranking Member Grijalva makes remarks about migrant crisis

Rep. Malliotakis hold press conference with 95 year old veteran forced to move out of Island Shores.

Bipartisan lawsuit against St. John Villa site 

NYC Mayor holds town hall about migrant crisis

Fourth St. John Villa protest

Protest at St. John Villa 

Curtis Sliwa direct action protest and arrest at Island Shores

Curtis Sliwa Protest At Former Nursing Home Turned Migrant Shelter on Staten Island

Curtis Sliwa Protest At Former Nursing Home Turned Migrant Shelter on Staten Island

Curtis Sliwa Protest At Former Nursing Home Turned Migrant Shelter on Staten Island

Curtis Sliwa Protest At Former Nursing Home Turned Migrant Shelter on Staten Island

Curtis Sliwa Protest At Former Nursing Home Turned Migrant Shelter on Staten Island

Curtis Sliwa Protest At Former Nursing Home Turned Migrant Shelter on Staten Island

The following article was released by Maria Sliwa regarding the protest.  Photos follow the article. 


NEW YORK:  Outraged Staten Island residents took to the street Tuesday night to physically block the arrival of an MTA bus carrying asylum seekers to a former senior center and newly converted shelter — a move that Mayor Eric Adams called “ugly,” even as over 100,000 migrants have been shipped to the Big Apple since last year.

Wednesday night, Sliwa lead Staten Island protestors at the same location — Island Shores Senior Residences1111 Father Capodanno Blvd. at 6 PM

Protest and Civil Disobedience, Wednesday, September 20 at 6 PM at Island Shores Senior Residences, 1111 Father Capodanno Blvd., Midland Beach, Staten Island, NY

Watch Live-Stream at https://facebook.com/curtisliwa 

Curtis Sliwa Protest At Former Nursing Home Turned Migrant Shelter on Staten Island

Curtis Sliwa Protest At Former Nursing Home Turned Migrant Shelter on Staten Island

Curtis Sliwa Protest At Former Nursing Home Turned Migrant Shelter on Staten Island

Curtis Sliwa Protest At Former Nursing Home Turned Migrant Shelter on Staten Island

Banner Image: Video cover. Image Credit – Staten Islander News 


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