Guardian Angels patrol Manhattan’s Upper West Side as residents complain they are ‘terrified and angry’ after homeless junkies and sex offenders are moved into hotels and turn the area into a spectacle of brazen drug use
- Curtis Sliwa, 66, vowed to have 60 Guardian Angels patrolling Upper West Side
- He took a eight angels to the streets to examine the conditions yesterday
- Around 300 people were recently moved into three hotels in the area by the city
The founder of the Guardian Angel’s has vowed to have 60 members of their organisation patrolling part of Manhattan amid growing safety concerns.
Curtis Sliwa, 66, led a Guardian Angels safety patrol of around eight members through Manhattan’s Upper West Side yesterday.
The group met local people and examined the condition of the area after reports of public urination, cat-calling and drug use, the New York Post reports.
Curtis Sliwa, 66, (pictured wearing red) led a Guardian Angels safety patrol of around eight members through Manhattan’s Upper West Side yesterday
The city recently moved around 300 people from packed shelters into The Lucerne, Hotel Belleclaire and the Belnord.
However, since the group, including at least six homeless pedophiles, were moved into the hotels by the city brazen drug-dealing and public masturbation have been reported by residents.
Describing the scene inside the Hotel Belleclaire told to him by a security guard, Sliwa, a 2021 mayoral candidate, said: ‘Once they are in their room, other than if it’s an extreme emergency, you don’t have access to them.
‘So they are shooting up in the rooms, nickel and dime bags of heroin, very cheap, $5, $10.’
Sliwa also said that people have been able to smell certain drugs coming from some of the hotel rooms.
Members of the Guardian Angels stand outside 72nd Subway station on the Upper West Side as leader Curtis Sliwa led the group out onto the streets
The Guardian Angels patrolled the streets over the weekend after reports of drug use and public urination after three hotles in the area were turned into shelters for the homeless
The city recently moved around 300 people from packed shelters into The Lucerne, Hotel Belleclaire and the Belnord
Despite police being responsible for hotel hallways, Sliwa has said that he intends to have as many as 60 of his Guardian Angels positioned on the Upper West Side streets to restore order in the area.
A video posted on social media showed Sliwa and his group of eight angels taking to the streets wearing their red berets and all but Sliwa also wore a mask.
In the video, Sliwa says that the police are not responding to calls for help now and so his group are stepping up to help.
On Friday, Sarah Lind, who is running for City Council tweeted about those being housed in the hotels. In the tweet she said: ‘A narrative I’ve seen about the shelters in hotels is that individuals are being “warehoused” and not getting any services.
‘I’m not sure what “warehoused” is supposed to mean when we’re talking about housing large numbers of human beings, but they are getting services.’
Since the group were moved into the hotels by the city brazen drug-dealing and public masturbation have been reported by residents
Sliwa also said that some people have been able to smell certain drugs coming from some of the hotel rooms