LGBT homeless youth shelter to be named in honor of Bea Arthur

It's been six years since entertainer Bea Arthur died. But on Monday, her face popped up on an East Village street - in photos displayed near a future residence for homeless youth.

The Broadway and television star left $300,000 in her will for these young New Yorkers - through a drop-in center that will run the Bea Arthur Residence.

The vacant, city-owned building on East 13th Street will be renovated by next year and offer 18 beds.

Monday's groundbreaking was led by Carl Siciliano, founder of the Ali Forney Center that's a last-ditch refuge for some of New York's LGBT homeless youth. Ali Forney was an African-American transgender youth killed on a Harlem street.

The construction is financed by a local government grant of about $3 million.

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