Louis Pistorius, New York, Barbara Rock discussed on All Things Considered
Safe in my neighborhood anymore. In many New York City neighborhoods. These are not uncommon sites, but on the Upper West Side, it's the kind of stuff that you sort of imagines in New York in the seventies in the early eighties, that all of a sudden it's very president very in your face. That's 42 year old Abigail Boy. I think there's a real risk post pandemic that for the young families that Stuck around and trying to make it work in the city instead of fleeing to the suburbs that this could drive. A lot of young families like us out of the neighborhood for good on online petition with more than 3000 signatures and growing is demanding homeless residents be removed from hotels in the neighborhood. Parents Association at P. S. 87 asked its members to write elected officials and reporters demanding the same. Some shelter residents, like 55 year old Louis Pistorius say they know they're not welcome since he got to the Upper West Side in late July. Pastorius says strangers have been stopping him in the street, asking him what he's doing there. Why do you look at me like that? Because We are homeless we can and get on out to get our old place way have no choice, familiar centers. You, he says, used to install fiber optic cables before he was hit by a car. Now he uses a walker to get around and says he can't work. He's been in a shelter system for three years. They saying black lives matter, but they don't want black lives in this area. Many residents I spoke with said race had nothing to do with their opposition to the shelters. Several said they were sympathetic to calls to address systemic racism. And some say they even marched in recent black lives matter Protests, But Amanda Falk await social worker whose husband and son are black says Race has everything to do with it, she says. She finds the language he's seen being used in the Facebook group disturbing calling the residents creatures criminals inmate which is very fascinating one to me because it's not a crime to be homeless. Chatter about the neighbourhood changing has spilled over from online forums onto the street. The Lucerne on West 79th Street is the latest hotel to begin housing homeless folks with some 300 residents. Across the street from the century Old hotel, 69 year old Barbara Rock more sees my microphone and wants to talk. They're more than homeless. They're menaces to society is what they are. She and others who are advocating for the shelters removal say they would welcome homeless women and Children. It's the drug users and sex offenders living there. They don't want around. While we're talking were interrupted by a 25 year old named Klodian, who won't give his last name. He says Rock Moore's wrong The men should be allowed to stay quite frankly. Where else would they go? Start to argue Upper West Siders claim that they're so liberal that they want to help everybody, But then once it's in their own backyard, they say, get them out of here, and that's ludicrous. One of them tried to break the glass doors of my bill. You want to have a second man passing by. Here's their conversation. He asks if he can say something. 28 years old. I'm in there. I just don't got no,.