Sunday, August 30, 2020

Leaving the Upper West Side

It’s one thing to go by the numbers. It’s one thing to accumulate the statistics about the people leaving New York City. It’s quite another to see it in action. It’s quite another thing to see the moving vans backed up on West 87th Street, a few blocks north of the hotels where Mayor de Blasio has parked thousands of homeless drug addicts and sex offenders.

We have it on the authority of one Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels, a self-protection group. When Sliwa created the group in 1979 it was designed to protect New Yorkers from violent subway crime.

Today, Sliwa lives on West 87th St. There, yesterday, he was witnessing the reality of the exodus out of the Upper West Side. The neighborhood was filled with moving vans.

For the record, nine out of the twelve apartments in Sliwa’s building are now empty. When we reported on the CEO of The Related Companies decrying the absence of people in New York office buildings, we suggested that he, being in the business of renting apartments, was most concerned about vanishing renters, we were apparently on the mark.

The New York Post has the story:

Moving trucks were out in force on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Saturday — leaving Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa practically tripping over them.

“The mass evacuation of Upper West Siders from NYC is in full effect,” Sliwa, who lives on W. 87th Street, lamented, blaming the city’s decision this summer to house hundreds of emotionally disturbed homeless and recovering addicts in neighborhood hotels.

When Sliwa stopped to ask where the trucks were going, he learned that they were all leaving New York State. They were going to Virginia, New Hampshire, Tennessee and South Carolina. 

What did the emigrants tell Sliwa?

“They told me, ‘Curtis, first the pandemic hit us and now the quality of life is so bad'” Sliwa said.

“The woman was almost crying. They said they survived the ’70s,” as a young couple in the then-high crime neighborhood. “But then in a month, in July, the neighborhood was destroyed.”

And then Sliwa saw this, at a spot that must count among the toniest and priciest locations in the city:

The fourth truck was at W. 75th and Central Park West.

“It was a young family,” a mom and dad, and a little boy and girl.

“They were moving themselves down to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina,” Sliwa said.

“They said in the last month, there have been so many disturbed people in the streets, aggressively panhandling, defecating, urinating — they leave the hotels and have no bathrooms to use,” Sliwa said of the new homeless neighbors, who he believes are also victims.

At least, they all voted for de Blasio. And they are all progressive Democrats. As the old saying goes, they are hoist on their own petard:

“These are the people who elected de Blasio, who live here,” Sliwa said. “It’s a progressive, liberal neighborhood. And now there’s a visceral hate here for him — the feeling that he has virtually singlehandedly destroyed this city.”


urbane legend said...

“These are the people who elected de Blasio, who live here,” Sliwa said. “It’s a progressive, liberal neighborhood. And now there’s a visceral hate here for him . . .

To paraphrase the genie in Aladdin, " They can be taught! "

Ken said...

Please encourage these people who are moving out of New York City to go West or North or anywhere but South Carolina.....we wish them well but we do not need their misguided politics or "wokeness"......

370H55V said...

Right. They haven't learned a damn thing and will continue to practice their religion of voting D.

Sam L. said...

These families should be welcomed bu the local Welcome Wagon folks to tell them how to behave in their new home town.

Janszoon said...

Englishman here. In bygone days, the English aristocracy would sometimes live in a set of rooms in their enormous country mansions and, when they got too crowded with stuff, dirty or otherwise inconvenient, would simply move down the corridor to the next set (as at, for example, Calke Abbey in Derbyshire). This story reminds me of the same thing - ‘We’ve made a bin of our city with our ridiculous liberal notions, so we’ll just move on to another place and eventually do the same there’. I can see why natives such as Ken want to repel them at the state boundary. Good luck man.

Linda Fox said...

I live in SC. While we are generally friendly, we have NO desire to have such refugees come in with superior attitudes, look down their noses at our own 'vibrant' Southern culture, and generally treat us like desperate fallen Confederates, eager for the 'larning of the carpetbaggers.

Either come down PREPARED TO LEARN about your new home, or be treated like the outsiders you are.

I live with a husband who has never gotten rid of his superior attitude, since we moved down her 13 years ago. Hence, while I have made many friends, he is virtually alone. Other than other Yankees who also think themselves above us.

Southerners are generally friendly and welcoming. But, don't piss us off.