August 29, 2020. “Moscow on the Hudson” The Upper West side of Manhattan where UWS libs ELECTED Mayor “Red Bill”DeBlasio: TWICE. But now, after 6 months of a forced lock down that has fueled the homeless population, many of these progressive libs have become disenchanted. NIMBY is their battle cry.
The situation morphed into YIMBY Libs vs NIMBY Libs.
(However, the NIMBYS were not on the side of the angels.)
[NY POST By Karol Markowicz] August 29, 2020
“The Upper West Side has been abuzz for weeks about the relocation of a number of homeless men to various hotels in the neighborhood. Many of the men are sex offenders and drug addicts. They aren’t receiving the more intensive services they need and the neighborhood has seen a steep decline in safety.
The newly formed group Upper West Siders for a Compassionate, Safe and Equitable Community, which wrote welcome messages in chalk outside the Lucerne. […] also started an online petition at Change.org […] imploring neighbors worried about their personal safety — patrolling the streets to discourage midday open drug use and flashing — to stop being so mean.
“If we want to build a truly just society, we must be willing to stand up for those values in our own neighborhood,” concludes the petition from the YIMBYs.”
The problems of homelessness GROWS and the lock down, the tyranny of despots has destroyed NYC businesses causing rampant employment and feeding the ranks of the homeless.
Democrat/Socialists are destroying our cities. And on the 29th of August I took a look at the dogooder leftists who think chalk drawings will somehow heal hopelessness of homelessness.
First: On my way to the Lucerne Hotel, I noticed a Banksy picture:
“Bansky graffiti on the Louise Michel, a migrant search and rescue ship operating in the Mediterranean and financed by the British street artist. Seen at sea on August 17, 2020.”
“Art and anarchy have joined together aboard this vessel in the name of rescuing refugees. British street artist Banksy is financing a pink-painted former French customs yacht, sailing beneath a German flag, to help save migrants stranded between north Africa and Europe, the Guardian reported.”
Once at the Lucerne Hotel (on W. 79th st.) I saw the impact these UWS Liberals – the YIMBYs – were having. Chalk was on the sidewalk. Everywhere. The messages ” ALL are welcomed” repeated in many ways.
The local residents demanded the drug/criminal element not be housed in a residential neighborhood, but today they were silent. The YIMBY’s controlled the media blitz.
But, it’s not just the UWS that has an issue with homelessness. 6 months later, there are more and more homeless and druggies on the streets of midtown as well. Some wander all day with their possessions, some sleep all day. Some just hang out.
Empty hotels have become their homes.
But social life, no matter where you are, is outdoors in a NY minute.
Side thought: Who would want to rent a room after these criminals, druggies and mentally ill have been running through the halls.
APRIL/MAY 2020 Beginning March 12, 2020 when the government closed NYC. Locked it Down. Businesses, restaurants, theatres, bars.All were forced to shutter by government fiat. Previously, Mayor deBlasio had a homeless issue anyway . But, now it exploded. At the end of this album, I threw in a couple of archived oldies … of “deBozos” NYC.
May 2020. Approaching Memorial Day weekend, businesses wanted to get back on some type of footing with alcohol to go; still the restrictions, the lock down restrictions continued. Economic ruin for many. As people try to recover, gathering on the sidewalks outside these struggling business to drink and socialize, the homeless stare back at you.
JUNE 2020. What was supposed to be 15 days to” flatten the curve”, dragged on.The streets grew more and more disgusting. Often many possessions accompany the homeless. (Sleep seems to be an important need) A place to stop and rest. The familiar charging of a cell phone (while resting). And twice, I stumbled upon the moving of worldly goods by two sad homeless women.
This was not a game….
JULY 2020. A popular corner for sleeping: an abandoned restaurant. Open or closed , the homeless set up shop. 42nd is a very messy home base. Moving west on 42nd, another cell phone charging while RESTING. Found a familiar homeless fellow pulling his “I’m so weak” ruse in the middle of Restaurant Row on 46th st. (he’s usually on a sidewalk) People try to help him with food and comfort.All he wants is money. Homeless Hotel on 44 st. And then there’s the theatres, offering a place to SLEEP for the homeless and drugged out. A moment of curiosity, a white woman – with her BLM/gay pride wheel chair SAILING – very fast- up 8th ave. (Only in NY)
AUGUST 2020. Homeless in midtown. Are they deep in an alcohol-slumber. Or drugs? The police are out and about, so perhaps the druggies have
moved away, leaving just the sadly alcoholic homeless. Or the brazenly happy – like this fellow.
De Blasio refuses to open the city. After the 15 day ruse morphed into 6 months and counting, businesses are moving out. Broadway. The hotels. Restaurants. All need tourism. But a capricious government leaves them sitting empty. No business. No tourists. NYC is dying. (So too the American spirit.)
The Dems are determined to destroy our republic. But, it ain’t over til it’s over. Pray our country finds the strength to fight back.
[Pictures and videos property of Pamela Hall]