NYC: 'Our community is terrified, angry and frightened': Upper West Side residents fury as homeless junkies and sex offenders are moved into three luxury hotels and turn the area into a spectacle of public urination, cat-calling and brazen drug use
The Belleclaire, the Lucerne and the Belnord in the UWS are three of 139 hotels being used as homeless shelters during the Covid-19 crisis in New York City
The city is paying $175 per person per night to house people to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks in shelters
It's unclear how long they will be kept there; none of the hotels are accepting paying guests currently
Upper West Side residents say they are terrorizing the neighborhood with drugs and crime
They are complaining that they don't feel safe and local restaurant owners fear they are driving away business
The only way for restaurants to make money is by offering outdoor dining but the owners say the homeless are approaching diners to ask for cash
It coincides with a mass exodus of wealthy New Yorkers, many of whom will never come back to the city
Mayor Bill de Blasio has turned on them, calling them 'fair weather friends' who ought to be taxed higher
Governor Andrew Cuomo is begging them to come back and says the city desperately needs their money
De Blasio reveals he wants to buy empty NYC buildings and turn them into affordable housing after moving 13,000 homeless into hotels 'for more than $2million a night' and shaming rich residents who left to escape COVID-19 as 'fair weather friends'
De Blasio said on Thursday the city planned to purchase buildings to turn them into affordable housing
The city is refusing to disclose which types of buildings he was talking about 'due to privacy concerns'
Currently, more than 13,000 homeless people are being housed in 139 hotels all over New York City
The city is paying for it and sources say it costs $175 per person per night - $2.275million every day
They will remain in hotels, he said, until there is a vaccine which could be another six months yet
The homeless people were removed from shelters to avoid outbreaks of COVID-19 earlier this year
De Blasio now says there's an 'opportunity to get creative' when it comes to placing them permanently
Meanwhile, taxpaying residents of the Upper West Side say they are terrified of their own neighborhood
Three hotels there - The Belleclaire, The Lucerne and The Belnord - are now housing the homeless
Among them are sex offenders and drug addicts who residents say have taken over the streets
This stuff is sad on so many levels but a couple of nights ago I watched Gov. Cuomo on the news begging
former wealthy NYC residents (who left because of Covid) to return to the city because they were the 1% of the population who were paying most of the cities taxes.
So if even more wealthy residents are driven out because of the homeless moving in, who's taxes are gonna be paying for social services?
If NYC suffers a financial/societal meltdown, this will be where The Domino Effect starts.