IN 2021 POST-PANDEMIC NEW YORK CITY, HOMELESSNESS, MENTAL ILLNESS AND OPEN DRUG USE SKYROCKET AS NEARLY EVERY TYPE OF VIOLENT CRIME ON THE RISE

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There is no doubt that Times Square, the Crossroads of the World, has changed from pre-pandemic times. Andy Hort, who runs a printing company in Times Square, said he now avoid the area whenever he can. ‘There’s a lot more crime and a lot more drug addicts and vagrants everywhere,’ he told DailyMail.com. ‘In the last three months, I’ve seen three or four people shooting up right in front of me. I’m not the biggest supporter of Rudy Giuliani, but when he was mayor, he definitely brought Times Square into a Disney-like tourist area from what was a seedy strip club area,’ Hort said. ‘Right now, I feel like it’s slipping back to where it was previously.’ 

by Geoffrey Grider May 28, 2021

In 2021, almost every type of violent crime is on the rise in New York City According to recent figures from Compstat, the NYPD’s data gathering unit, crime is up 30 percent city wide

Post-pandemic New York City is a dystopian nightmare with violent crime, homelessness and drug addicts openly shooting up rising across the board, and this scene is being played out and repeated all across the country in states run by Democrat mayors and governors. If you thought the COVID nightmare was coming to an end, it’s not, it’s gathering strength and transforming itself into something much larger and more deadly than any virus.

“This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” 2 Peter 3:1-4 (KJB)

Axios reported that ‘Earlier Friday, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas on Friday told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the U.S. is “taking a very close look” at the possibility of requiring vaccine passports for international travel.’ Don’t let the fact that baseball fields are reopening fool you into thinking we are getting past all this, we are not. The spirit of Antichrist began rising in 2020 because the time is at hand for all the things spoken of by the prophets to come to pass.

Post-pandemic New York City is laid bare as homelessness, mental illness and crime escalate and rattled locals and tourists alike believe the town ‘has lost its essence’ while city cheerleaders insist ‘the ship has turned’

 

FROM THE DAILY MAIL UK: ‘New Yorkers don’t feel safe and they don’t feel safe because the crime rate is up. It’s not that they are being neurotic or overly sensitive – they are right,’ Governor Andrew Cuomo declared on Wednesday.

‘WE HAVE A MAJOR CRIME PROBLEM IN NEW YORK CITY. EVERYTHING WE JUST TALKED ABOUT, WITH THE ECONOMY COMING BACK, YOU KNOW WHAT THE FIRST STEP IS? PEOPLE HAVE TO FEEL SAFE.’

Other city officials are more optimistic, talking up Gotham once again. ‘The ship has turned. We are headed towards recovery,’ Chris Heywood of NYC&Company, the city’s official tourism organization, told DailyMail.com. He confidently predicted New York will see 36.4 million visitors this year, more than half of the 2019 figure, but way up from last year’s number of 22.3 million, the majority of whom came in the first three months. ‘People are really eager to get back out there,’ he said.

Vijay Dandapani, president of the city’s Hotel Association, said it will take until at least 2025 for visitors to be back at pre-pandemic levels, mainly because of the lead-time needed for the lucrative conference and convention business to restart. ‘But New York will be back,’ he told DailyMail.com. ‘No-one is writing off New York, certainly not me.’ But not all are convinced the Big Apple is back on track.

‘I JUST WANT TO GO HOME. THIS IS DANGEROUS,’ BRANDON LEE, 27, FROM JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY, COMPLAINED TO DAILYMAIL.COM AS HE SAT IN TIMES SQUARE ON SUNDAY NIGHT WATCHING MR. KIM’S MELT DOWN.

Others were disappointed there wasn’t more action. Around midnight, Amy, a 37-year-old in town with her boyfriend from Colorado Springs, Colorado, said: ‘I came here for the city that never sleeps. But apparently it goes to bed at 9.30!’

She and boyfriend Matt had visited downtown areas like Soho, Chinatown and Little Italy earlier in the day. Their most memorable sight was a homeless man pleasuring himself outside the Orpheum theater that, before the pandemic, had housed the show Stomp.

‘We were on our way to dinner,’ said Matt. ‘We lost our appetite a bit.’

Of course, most of the homeless are harmless. They have just fallen on hard times either through losing a job or a home or through drug use or they have mental issues. Tommy, a well-spoken 41-year-old originally from Buffalo, told DailyMail.com he just wants to get by and hopefully move on.

‘I REALIZE TOURISTS DON’T WANT TO SEE US SLEEPING ON THE SIDEWALK. I DON’T WANT TO SLEEP ON THE SIDEWALK, BUT RIGHT NOW I HAVE NO CHOICE,’ HE SAID. ‘I’M NOT GOING TO HURT YOU, BUT I WILL ASK YOU FOR A DOLLAR OR SOME CHANGE.’

A total of 206,000 people visited Times Square this past Saturday, according to Tom Harris, acting president of the Times Square Alliance. That is down from pre-pandemic levels of 365,000 but well up from last year’s low of 35,000. ‘People are starting to come back to Times Square, with warmer weather, increased vaccinations and a lot of pent-up demand,’ Harris told DailyMail.com ‘I’m very optimistic about the future.

There is no doubt that Times Square, the Crossroads of the World, has changed from pre-pandemic times. Then it was packed with tourists from around the world. Now it’s mainly what Manhattanites dismissively call the ‘Bridge and Tunnel crowd’ — visitors from New York’s four other boroughs and nearby locations such as New Jersey, Long Island and Westchester County.

‘Times Square has lost its essence,’ a cop patrolling the area told DailyMail.com. ‘People come here now and just sit. Before, things were much more organized and orderly. Families came in from out of state, out of the country, for shows. Now it’s a more urban, younger vibe.’

He said it’s exhausting trying to control the mostly low-level crimes there, the drug sales, the noise, the harassing behavior. ‘I’ve arrested most of these guys already, and issued them summonses,’ he said. ‘It doesn’t stop them.’ He also said prostitution is rearing its head around Times Square. ‘We see the same girls coming in there with different people all the time,’ he said, nodding toward one of the area’s best-known hotels.

Andy Hort, who runs a printing company in Times Square, said he now avoid the area whenever he can.

‘There’s a lot more crime and a lot more drug addicts and vagrants everywhere,’ he told DailyMail.com. ‘In the last three months, I’ve seen three or four people shooting up right in front of me. I’m not the biggest supporter of Rudy Giuliani, but when he was mayor, he definitely brought Times Square into a Disney-like tourist area from what was a seedy strip club area,’ Hort said. ‘Right now, I feel like it’s slipping back to where it was previously.’ 

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