• The camp on West 24th and Sixth Avenue sprung up early in the pandemic and has remained ever since
  • Now residents and business owners complain about the mess and chaos and say it harms their livelihoods
  • Around 15-20 people have taken up residence along the busy street and are camping out in doorways
  • Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York, said on July 23 he would address the situation but little is being done
  • He has moved 13,000 homeless people into hotels across the city to stop COVID-19 outbreaks in shelters
  • It has sparked a rise in crime in some neighborhoods, like the Upper West Side, where residents are terrified
  • There are also several hotels in the Garment District that are taking in homeless peopleĀ 
  • It is costing the city some $2million a night – which they say they’ll try to reclaim from FEMA later
  • President Trump has ordered de Blasio – who stripped $1billion from the NYPD’s budget- to rehire cops
  • More than 1,100 cadets who were meant to graduate never did because he evaporated their jobs in response to pressure from BLM activists who wanted to defund the police