NYC’s largest men's shelter can ‘blow up any day’ as place is overcrowded with migrants, vagrants, and sex offenders
'There ain’t no beds and they’re still sending them. They can’t fix this place fast enough to accommodate them,' a homeless resident says
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK: The growing number of migrants, vagrants and sex offenders in city’s Bellevue Men’s Shelter at 30th Street and First Avenue in Kips Bay are bothering the people residing there. One of the homeless residents said, “It’s gonna blow up any day now.”
According to DailyMail, on August 27, a group of 50 migrants, mostly young men and some women, arrived at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York. Prior to this, around 250 to 300 migrants arrived on August 24. Again on September 17, six more buses arrived, as per NY Post. One resident said, "In the last six months, it’s gotten really, really scary. The situation appears to be reaching a tipping point.” Darrell Pankey, a homeless resident who has been staying there for six months, said, "We don’t want them here because, to be honest with you, to me they’re getting treated better than we do, and this is supposed to be ours. It’s gonna blow up any day now." Jeffery Harris, another homeless resident, said, "This place is full to capacity. There ain’t no beds and they’re still sending them. They can’t fix this place fast enough to accommodate them."
As per NY Post, the building was a psychiatric hospital in 1929. It lies between the Bellevue and NYU Langone hospital campuses. This building is an intake center for the city’s shelter system.
The situation at the shelter is slowly becoming chaotic with every passing day, as per the report. NY Post states that there have been 1,196 calls this year to 911 regarding the shelter as compared to 169 calls in 2021. Of this year's calls, 908 were ambulance cases. Commenting on the growing crime cases, Elias, a new arrival from Venezuela, said, "There are dangerous people here." Another resident said, "They were aggressive; always yelling and pushing people around and creating problems.”
Elias, who had only recently arrived from Venezuela, said, "There are dangerous people here.” He said that things lying around unattended were often stolen and some residents were seen doing drugs. He had even seen a fight.
Gabriel García, 18, from Venezuela said, "I was scared and I felt like my life was being threatened." Angel Pereira, 25, said, "There’s a feeling of racism against immigrants, and danger here."
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been shipping migrants from Texas to New York City since April to make a point to President Joe Biden on how he feels about his border policy, as per the DailyMail report. Many officials are condemning Abbott's recent actions. Manuel Castro, commissioner of the New York City Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, said Abbott was "weaponinging asylum seekers." Castro said, "It is shameful, and it is our moral obligation to condemn the use of human beings for political purposes."