Manhattan, long known for being the epicenter of NYC’s most elite residents, is undergoing a rapid change. While gourmet restaurants, private boutiques, and glamorous high rise apartments remain intact, their curb appeal has become, shall we say, less than desirable.
The city’s ever-growing Junkie population, in their quest to attain a piece of the high life, pun intended, have swarmed upon Midtown Manhattan in record numbers.
The dire situation has received condemnation from city officials who have deemed the drug addict invasion as unacceptable, appear powerless to sweep the sidewalks of the undesirables who have quite comfortably settled in.
Recent photos from Manhattan’s residents show their new unwanted visitors struggling to stand up and weaving all over their once safe sidewalks. One such photo shows a woman clearly injecting herself in broad daylight without a care in the world.
All of this comes about as the crime rate in NYC surges to levels it has never before experienced, causing Manhattans elite residents to feel as though they are captives in their luxurious apartments. It’s far too dangerous of a gamble to attempt wandering outside.
Due to the pandemic, the bustling crowds of workers heading to offices which are now empty, are no longer present. The hustle and bustle of daily life in the ritziest section of NYC, has come to a complete halt, making the once busy business center a haven for the city’s lowest of the low population.
Where are the police one might ask? Nowhere to be found. They’ve become infected with “blind-eye syndrome,” as they look the other way, allowing the already out of control situation to worsen by the day.
Residents and local business owners are furious about the change in the climate of their once sparking section of NYC, but alas, their cries for help have largely gone unnoticed. Manhattan has taken on the appearance of NYC in the 1970s and 1980s when crime ran rampant and infrastructure was crumbling.
During those years the city earned the appropriate title of “Fear City,” and as each new day goes by, the title is once again raising its ugly head.
A local worker known only as James, told the Washington Post, “They’ve taken over the tables, blatantly using needles and shooting up heroin all day long.”
“There’s no police action, there’s no reach-out. There’s nobody preventing this, and you know we’ve had multiple calls to 311 but nobody really responds. It’s becoming a real problem.”
To confirm the man’s statement, a photo shows four junkies sitting at a restaurant’s outdoor table with drug paraphernalia spread about the tabletop in clear view. They weren’t hiding anything.
Another photo shows a police officer casually strolling past a spaced-out junkie as though he didn’t notice a thing. The man said this is a regular occurrence.
When the Post asked the NYC police department about Manhattans’ ongoing problem, they were told that the department had only received one complaint in the past month which they quickly responded to.
They claimed that when officers arrived on the scene, there was nobody there. The alleged suspects must have left before they got there.
James said that he has personally called the city’s 311 hotlines at least three times to report the illicit activity taking place, but when on to say it was a futile effort. The police never responded. Surely if one man has called in three times, it becomes obvious, the hotline has been flooded with calls of desperation.
A construction worker who has been working in the area for quite some time, had this to say. “It’s almost always the same people you see around. It’s always the same ones all the time.”
‘They are here every day, they start in the early morning. We see them sleeping on the floor. Sometimes the ambulances come around here to help them out. It’s always the same guys.”
Another man named Jeff, who has been working for a local sanitation company in the area for the past six years said, “It’s gotten really bad. I’ve been seeing more syringes, discarded syringes, ever since they started coming in.”
A spokesperson for city hall said, “We will do everything we can to connect these people with drug treatment and help so they can get their lives back on track.” Local residents are not optimistic about this approach.
A local private security official said there have been outreach programs in the past, but the addicts aren’t interested in receiving help and the programs have always failed to produce any positive results.
Why the NYC cops are not doing the job they are paid to do is anyone’s guess, but they are certainly shirking their duty. Perhaps DeBlasio’s liberal approach to crime is to blame for the fiasco. Why should the police officers even bother to care when their weak-minded Mayor doesn’t?
When President Trump tweets out “Law and Order,” he means it. Is it time for him to send in the Feds to clear Manhattans streets of this dangerous element since the police won’t. We say, yes. What do you think?