(DNAINFO) Noah Hurowitz —
New peace officers and extra lighting are coming to the 30th Street men’s homeless shelter in response to increased complaints of lawlessness in the neighborhood.
The addition of six new officers at the 850-bed shelter comes after neighbors told of nasty encounters with aggressive panhandlers, open-air drug use and the occasional flasher.
Concerns became particularly acute in the spring when a resident of the shelter allegedly raped a woman in the bathroom of Turnmill Baron E. 27th Street between Park and Lexington avenues.
The problem is due in part to an overconcentration of single, homeless men at the 400 E. 30th St. shelter, according to neighbor Lauren Pohl, who has rallied residents in Murray Hill and Kips Bay to confront the issue.