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NYC moms fleeing Upper West Side amid crime and chaos and pedophiles housed near playgrounds

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These New Yorkers  voted for this. They voted for Democrats. Now they’ll move and bring their poison politics with them.

Homeless men are seen sharing swigs of liquor without masks and urinating on the street outside luxury Upper West Side hotels – as it’s revealed New York ‘illegally housed pedophiles next to playgrounds’ in the neighborhood

  • Group of homeless men again congregated Friday near UWS hotels where city is paying to house them
  • They were seen sharing bottles of liquor and urinating in public, before police eventually broke it up
  • Residents have raised safety concerns about Mayor de Blasio’s scheme after shocking lewd displays
  • Records show that at least six convicted pedophiles were housed near an elementary school playground
  • City denies that they are currently housed in that hotel but refused to say if they had been previously   
  • The city is paying $175 per person per night to house people to avoid COVID-19 outbreaks in shelters
  • Hotels Belleclaire, Lucerne and Belnord in the UWS are three of 139 hotels being used as homeless 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 

NYC moms fleeing Upper West Side amid crime and chaos

By Doree Lewak, NY Post, August 8, 2020 |

Start spreadin’ the news, they’re leavin’ today!

However, the people packing their bags are not coming to New York City — they’re fleeing it for good.

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.

One of the Escape from New Yorkers is Elizabeth Carr, one of the area’s most vocal leaders in combating mounting crime in the well-heeled ‘hood. She was an administrator of the Facebook group NYC Moms for Safer Streets, and the face of a public-safety movement that has attracted thousands to demand better policing and city services.

“In the best of times, NYC is a hard place to live,” said Carr. “Now you have all this other stuff. It’s a question for families … to have to see a guy masturbating on the corner or explain to my kids while I’m buying diapers at Duane Reade why this guy wearing no shoes is collapsed on the floor and they’re doing CPR on him.”

She said she started planning to move before the COVID crisis and recent neighborhood developments, but officially put down stakes Sunday in North Carolina with her finance husband and three kids under 7.

“We reached our New York expiration date,” the former nonprofit exec, who’d lived on the UWS since 2007, told The Post from her new home 600 miles away. “Things weren’t heading in the right direction. What we’re seeing now isn’t at all surprising.”

Crimes committed over the past several days would’ve been unheard of a year ago in the quiet neighborhood that’s home to Lincoln Center and restaurants by Daniel Boulud. A 40-year-old woman was randomly stabbed in the 72nd Street subway station at noon Thursday; a 56-year-old man was sucker-punched while dining outdoors with his wife Wednesday night; photos were posted online of a man masturbating on the steps of the New York Historical Society; and onlookers witnessed an apparent overdose in the aisle of a Duane Reade across the street from the Lucerne Hotel.

The Lucerne, at 79th Street and Amsterdam, and the Hotel Belleclaire, at 76th Street and Broadway, were recently converted into homeless shelters, with nearly 300 vagrants between them. Ten of the men are registered sex offenders, including convicted rapists, child molesters and child-porn possessors — all living a block away from a school playground.

The alarming downturn of her beloved neighborhood, Carr said, makes it hard to look on the bright side.
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“Some say, ‘It’s a great opportunity for my kids to learn compassion,’” she said of progressive pals’ response to their new homeless neighbors. “I’m a pretty compassionate person, but … at least show some respect. [The Department of Homeless Services] is just putting 283 people into a neighborhood basically in the middle of the night?”

Carr said one friend couldn’t find a broker to take on her apartment listing at 72nd and Columbus, normally a desirable spot, because conditions were so bad.

“It’s this slow slide,” she said. “How can families stay here? Does the city want families to stay?”

Other lifelong residents are saying sayonara, too.

“There was no reason to leave before,” said a born-and-bred Upper West Side mom, who asked for anonymity. “Now, I’m done. I can leave tomorrow and never look back. If I never came back to this block, that would be fine.”

The six-months-pregnant mother of a toddler daughter just put her apartment of a decade near the Lucerne up for sale.

“I have definitely seen more crime, drugs and harassment in one week than in my whole experience growing up here,” she said. “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.”

Safety, as well as the state of schools, are common reasons given by nervous moms who are vamoosing. Jennifer, an UWS mother of two boys, ages 5 and 8, is concerned about the financial fate of PS 166, as more well-to-do families leave.

“The funding comes from family donations,” said Jennifer, 46, who declined to give her last name for privacy reasons. “If people move out of the city, there goes the funding for the school.” She plans to temporarily relocate to the Hamptons.

“I don’t feel safe going to the Fairway and Citarella anymore,” she said. “I have to walk by the sex offenders at the Belleclaire with my kids. Not knowing what these people are on and what it does to them scares me.”

“De Blasio seems to have some sort of vendetta against this demographic,” added Jennifer, referring to Mayor Bill de Blasio. “There’s no incentive to live here.”

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