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Immigrant Who Housed Migrants in Queens Furniture Store: ‘We Had to Do Something’

At first it was a desperate call from Ebou Sarr’s sister, about their cousin who needed a place to crash last fall. Then another call came in about a friend’s cousin. 

Sarr, who had arrived in New York City from Senegal more than a decade ago, had opened a furniture store in Richmond Hill last year and there was some spare space in its basement.

He let the two men stay there, he told THE CITY on Tuesday afternoon, and over the weeks and months that followed more and more West African men showed up outside the Queens store after hearing about his hospitality. Many of those men had been ejected from shelters after the city began evicting adult migrants after 30 day stays, starting in late September.