Inside look at NYC’s painstaking new push to get homeless out of subways and into shelters during coronavirus shutdown

Thirty-five masked cops and homeless outreach workers gathered at 1 a.m. Wednesday along Manhattan’s 96th St. subway platform on the northern end of the Q line, waiting for trains to pull in.

“Over here,” one police officer shouted, pointing to a disheveled man sleeping in the corner of a train car. “Let’s wake him up,” another cop said before tapping his flashlight against a hand railing.

The cops brought the destitute straphanger onto the platform, where he was examined by a nurse who works for an NYPD outreach unit. The man was given two options: Go to a hospital, or go to a homeless shelter.

He chose the hospital, which he reckoned was safer than a shelter during the coronavirus pandemic.

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