Homeless men and women sleep in the park nightly, defecating and urinating in public, dismayed residents said.
"I don't feel safe here anymore. You are seeing fewer and fewer families come in here - and I don't blame them. It's sad because it's such a great park."
LOCALS WHO have been grappling with an influx this summer of homeless people to Astoria's largest park are hanging their hopes on the autumn chill to accomplish what city agencies found a tough problem to crack, according to the New York Daily News.