It’s not just hedge funds and plutocrats that are escaping New York City. Entire neighborhoods in prime areas are being wrecked.
Due to increasingly squalid conditions on the Upper West Side, including two new homeless shelters packed with junkies and registered sex offenders, longtime dwellers are departing the Big Apple with no plans to ever return.
The Lucerne, on 79th Street and Amsterdam, and Hotel Belleclaire, on 76th Street and Broadway, were recently converted into homeless shelters, with nearly 300 vagrants between them. …
“I have definitely seen more crime, drugs and harassment in one week than in my whole experience growing up here,” Upper West Sider Bess Fern. “I don’t want to see a child get hurt or raped, before they realize maybe it was a mistake to put [hundreds of] drug addicts and sex offenders near schools in the most dense residential population in the city.”
This discordian trend of ruining functional neighborhoods is being spurred on multiple fronts.
In some cases, it begins with the emptying of jails. This trend started several years ago, when a decision was made to early release prisoners from Rikers Island, prompted by a renewed focus on racial politics.
First, They Let Thousands of Illegal Immigrants In. Now, They’re Letting Thousands of Prison Inmates Out.
Now, jail releases are being done en mass, using the scamdemic as an excuse.
Once the criminals and mentally disturbed are released back on the streets, where can they go?
The Business Model in Cities Run by 5th Columnists
“New York Magazine” in 2013 reported on the business model being utilized to drive the Fifth Columnists discordian destruction of more vibrant neighborhoods. In an article entitled “Why Run a Slum If You Can Make More Money Housing the Homeless,” the operations of the Jewish Podolsky family were described.
[A] clandestine group or faction of subversive agents [foreign or domestic] who attempt to undermine a nation’s solidarity by any means at their disposal. … A cardinal technique of the fifth column is the infiltration of sympathizers into the entire fabric of the nation under attack and, particularly, into positions of policy decision and national defense. From such key posts, fifth-column activists exploit the fears of a people by spreading rumours and misinformation, as well as by employing the more standard technique of espionage and sabotage. — Encyclopedia Britannica
After years battling city hall as slum lords, in July 2011, a nonprofit called Housing Solutions USA was incorporated. The Podolskys were shifting their tactics, turning from an antagonist into a customer. Catering to the city’s demand for shelter beds, their properties could produce revenues like a perpetually booked hotel. Typically, existing, paying, partially government-subsidized, low-income tenants had their leases run out and were terminated by the Podolskys. They were forced out to make way for fully government subsidized, high-revenue producing homeless tenants.
In August 2012, Housing Solutions won an “emergency” contract to operate a shelter on West 95th Street, which has since expanded into a five-year, $47 million deal. The city pays $122 a night — or more than $3,600 a month (in 2013) — for each cubicle-size room to Housing Solutions, which in turn directs the rental income back to the Podolskys.
“The for-profit guys come and buy a hotel, empty it out, and say to the city, ‘Hey, we can get you the rooms tonight,’” says George McDonald, founder of the DOE Fund, a nonprofit shelter operator, and a recent candidate for mayor. “It’s all about business, and it’s big money. It’s not nickels and dimes; it’s hundreds of millions of dollars.”
A list obtained via a Freedom of Information request suggests the industry is dominated by a handful of competitors. There’s Shimmie Horn, whose father, a notorious slumlord, willed him an empire of hotels. There is a consortium of investors who administer a portfolio of tenement shelters from an unmarked office above a Brooklyn laundromat. Most players operate through shell companies and front men, obscuring their interests, and the Podolskys are particularly secretive.
But the evidence suggests the family is among the largest shelter providers. It is a tight-knit firm, employing many Podolsky siblings, spouses, and children. Jay is in charge of strategy. (“Like, here’s a piece of crap,” said the former employee, “and how can I turn it into something profitable?”) His older brother “Stewie,” a bearded tough-talker with a taste for Italian sports cars, handles acquisitions. They are active in Jewish charities.
Fast forward to today, and we see Shimmie Horn’s boutique hotels, which are presumably empty due to the scamdemic, being converted to homeless shelters, including the housing of Class 2 registered sex offenders next to schools and playgrounds.
There are about 700 hotels in New York City. One hundred and thirty-nine of them are occupied by homeless people. That means almost 20 percent of the city’s hotels are operating — at least in part — as homeless shelters. Sixty-three of those hotels took in homeless people from the city over the last three months because of COVID-19 (aka emptying jails and institutions over “social distancing concerns”).
Here is a representative suite at one of these boutique hotels that’s now housing the homeless courtesy of taxpayers. Arguably, many taxpayers who will be flipping the bill for these rooms could not themselves afford to stay here. This is a room at the Belleclaire, which is owned by the aforementioned Shimmie Horn.
It’s unclear how New York City pays for all this. An added COVID sales tax perhaps?
In June, the city estimated that its two-year revenue loss will be at least $9.6 billion — and that’s a low-ball number. Those estimates do not factor in money that may not arrive from Albany. If the state does not benefit from a new COVID-19 relief bill, the city could lose up to $3 billion in aid.
NYC. beautiful city… pic.twitter.com/4LSDyZkzFb
— 橋 (@Bridge__z) August 14, 2020
As we have been warning for months, all the joy of life, including urban ambiance, is being drained away by the dark triad psychopathic Fifth Columnists running the show.
Anybody who lives in or travels to urban destinations also knows that local restaurants are part of this joy. That and going to a performance or a sporting event. All closed.
Imagine waking up to jails being emptied into you neighborhood, police standing down and the local boutique hotel being converted to shelter for sex offenders. Then, most of your favorite restaurants are closing down for good. In July, only 17 percent of New York City restaurants were paying rent. Only 28 percent of restaurants were even bothering to take reservations, way down from pre-scamdemic levels. 12% of mortgage borrowers in New York City were at least 30 days behind on payments in May, and many others face eviction adding to the homeless rolls.
‘Escape from New York’
The predictive programming dystopian movie “Escape from New York” is becoming non-fiction soon enough. Here’s the synopsis of the 1981 scifi film:
In 1997, the crime rate in the United States rises by 400%. The once great city of New York becomes the one maximum security prison for the entire country. A 50 foot containment wall was erected along the New Jersey shoreline across the Harlem river, and down along the Brooklyn shoreline. It completely surrounds Manhattan Island. All bridges and waterways are mined. The United States police force like an army, is encamped around the island. There are no guards inside the prison, only prisoners and the worlds they have made. The rules are simple, once you go in, you don’t come out.
How about Escape from Chicago circa 2020? The draw bridges were raised around the city over the weekend to keep out bands of vagabundos, following a sudden onslaught of riots, gunfire and general chimp outs.
SCENE IN CHICAGO LAST NUGHTpic.twitter.com/HE3KKc4twK
— The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) August 10, 2020
“All bridges are being raised along the river throughout The Loop,” reported CBS Chicago on Sunday. “Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management announced street closures throughout areas in the Magnificent Mile, Gold Coast and South Loop.” Numerous bus and train services were also suspended. Large areas of downtown Chicago are still closed.