What happened? I had dinner outside around 7pm and it was fine.
Sorry, but that Alison woman interviewed here sounds batshit crazy.
Do you live on the UWS?
Taza, is that you?
Three hotels on the UWS have been turned into temporary homeless shelters. As I understand it, one houses men in recovery from heroin addiction. In another hotel, there were at least a few sex offenders. I admit that at first, it was a bit out of control (many people loitering outside without masks, openly drinking alcohol and smoking things of a dubious nature) but this past week has been better. I think the city has beefed up security in the area. I will say that I usually don't go outside after 8pm, so it might get wild at night but at least during the day, things are fine.
Scary, the city is being allowed to implode
I live on the UWS. There has been an increase in the visible homeless population. Moving homeless people into safe quarters is important, and the city is doing its best. I do not feel unsafe or scared, and frankly, I feel a lot more scared of the rich people who have been in the Hamptons flouting social distancing mandates who are going to come back in a couple of weeks and spread the virus. I find a lot of these remarks to be pretty gross, and it's very obvious that many (though not all) are being made by people who are leaving the city for financial reasons and are trying to make themselves feel better about that choice by saying that the city is now a terrible place to live.
I also noticed many of these same people commenting on what a bad job some private schools were doing with remote school back in March. That is a completely legitimate thing to talk about and discuss IF you have kids in private school. But there were public school parents calling out a bunch of private schools for doing a terrible job, obviously motivated by a desire to feel better about their own situations.
I agree. These wealthy people who thought they could live in a white, sanitized version of NYC, with public schools that function like privates, need to leave and go to some white, sanitized suburb. Won't miss them.
@anonymous I agree totally. Totally. But still think what's been dropped on my neighborhood is unsafe and bad.
I live on the block with the lucene. I am usually a bleeding heart This is bad. Someone od’d in Duane reade this week and there are needles strewn on 79th. There have been fights with knives. That’s not hyperbole. It just is. This is not a standard homeless issue. This is a real safety issue.
Did you see the YIMBY welcome with sidewalk chalk? Neighbors welcoming the residents. delusional.
@Anonymous its making me crazy. they clearly don’t live on 79th? Why are they once again making this a race to shame other moms as opposed to trying to work together?
@Anonymous I think I recognized someone in the picture who lives I think on 76 or 77. She is a bleeding heart liberal.
The situation is terrible. I’ve been living in the UWS for 19 years and used to love it. Now if feels unsafe, filthy and I’m not comfortable walking I the streets or letting my teenagers walk alone. Its beyond words how fast a family friendly neighborhood is being destroyed
Finally someone being honest. Why do I feel like people are either lying or delusional?
where do you suggest the homeless be instead?
I think the issue isn't homeless, the issue is mental illness. I think that many of the people that are causing issues need a more supportive environment. I say this as someone who used to work in the area of homelessness. I stopped because I realized that what many needed were more than just homes. Housing does not solve the problem for these individuals.
It’s not her job, or any residents job to figure that out. That’s what deB is for, that’s his job. It gets old stepping over drugged out people on the sidewalk !
@Anonymous sure. but we live in the world as it is and as it is homeless people exist and have to be someplace. its easy to say not here but then where do you think they should go? and before you ask, my neighborhood has several shelters including at least one for people in rehab/recovery (who relapse a lot) and has for decades.
Most of them should be in mental institutions, other in places to recover from drug addictions.... NOT in a family neighborhood
which don't exist, at least not in the numbers we need. most neighborhoods are family neighborhoods.