Sunday, August 9, 2020

Killing the Upper West Side.

Obviously, the de Blasio administration does not much care for Jews. It broke up meetings of orthodox Jews in Brooklyn and has turned a blind eye to overt anti-Semitic acts in other parts of the city.

And now, as I noted yesterday, it has relocated bands of drug addicts and sex offenders to one of New York’s traditionally wealthy Jewish neighborhoods-- the Upper West Side.

Anti-Semitism is not limited to the Black Lives Matter movement. The Democratic party is infested with it. Now we are watching it do its damage in New York City. Dare we mention that most New York Jews are full-throated supporters of the Democratic Party.

The New York Times will not be reporting the story. Local prosecutors are emptying prisons and refusing to prosecute people of color. So, we turn to the New York Post, for a picture of the crime wave on the Upper West Side:

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 on 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.

Community leader Elizabeth Carr has now moved to North Carolina:

The alarming downturn of her beloved neighborhood, Carr said, makes it hard to look on the bright side.

“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 on 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?”

Note that real estate values are declining in one of New York’s most expensive neighborhoods.

In most cases, people are leaving in order to protect their children:

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

Anonymous, who is six-months pregnant and the 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.”

In better circumstances there are still a few public schools that provide a good education. Families that cannot afford private schools still contribute generously to these schools. Now, these families are leaving town:

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 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. “There’s no incentive to live here.”

And another parent, worried about her children:

Allison Eden, 50, a married UWS mother of two teens, just listed her gut-renovated West End Avenue apartment of 22 years. “I don’t want to leave,” she said, “But I don’t feel like I have a choice now. How do I let my children cross the street when homeless people are shooting up?

“As a parent, this isn’t the place I once knew. I feel like NYC is disappearing so fast and no one’s doing anything,” said the tile manufacturer, who drags her two boys to work with her so they’re not fending for themselves outside alone. “There’s nowhere for them to go. I don’t want to feel afraid, and I don’t want my children to be scared to go outside.”

Eden loves New York — and her “fabulous” four-bedroom co-op with a fireplace — but the city’s passive neglect of the neighborhood has forced her hand.

It’s not about the passive neglect. It’s about the active assault on a way of life, an effort, as noted yesterday, to punish those who have succeeded in life. 

A shirtless man carrying a bottle of vodka cries out on the street as children pass by on West 79th and Broadway.