A tale of two sweeps: Lower Manhattan homeless encampments end with vastly different fates


James Doukas and Niko are a homeless couple who have been living on an East Village sidewalk for most of the year. On Wednesday their meager tent was scheduled to be swept away like so many others before it.

Waking up around 8 a.m., Doukas emerged from his tent outside 780 Broadway to find a slew of local supporters and press photographers. Concerned about the impending removal, Doukas and his longtime partner felt reassured by the crowd. 

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