In the last month I've had to go into Manhattan on a couple occasions for business, as I have done countless times over the last few decades.
I was assaulted on both excursions.
The first incident was on the Upper East Side at the subway station near 77th and Lexington. As I made my way down the stairs into the station mid-day, I noticed a white homeless man, mid-thirties, verbally assaulting moms and their children walking down the sidewalk. He had large, open sores all over his face and was obviously mentally ill; you could see it in his eyes.
I walked down to the machine to add funds to my Metro Card, carelessly turning my back on the lobby of the station, after all it was the Upper East. Suddenly I felt a push from behind and turned around to face the homeless guy screaming in my face to 'leave him alone', his diseased spittle hitting me in the face. Police were no where to be seen.
I stared him down and he eventually walked off.
The second incident was on Park Ave north of Grand Central during the evening. Having exited a meeting and walking to my car, a young black man exited a darkened doorway and demanded money, threatening to 'give me a beating' for 'messing with him'. I stared him down also, and he walked away. My friend who lives in the area and was with me that night, described to me how the kid later that evening locked a Chinese man in a market, not letting him out until the man gave him cash.
I worked in NYC for over ten years; I never have been assaulted until now.
This reality is the result of the 'progressive' policies of incompetent Mayor Bill de Blasio (a.k.a. Warren Wilhelm Jr.), and more-importantly, the idiotic, empty-minded New York liberals who elected him.
The subways of New York City are falling apart. They are filthy, grimy, rusting and an embarrassment. They reek of urine and vomit. There are homeless everywhere. People are getting pushed in front of trains.
The trains are also few and far between. I had to wait 30 minutes for an E train to the airport recently from Manhattan. Once the train did arrive, it was full to the brim, and I had to wait for another.
Upon boarding there were homeless sleeping in the subway car; no one could sit. A young, gay, black man walked in obviously panhandling for money. He had pink hair and short shorts. He then turned on his boom box and started poll dancing in front of me, before shaking down passengers on the forty minute ride to JFK.
A few months ago, I also boarded an E car to JFK airport as I noticed it was empty. There was a reason for this. A large black man had taken off his clothes, and was crawling around on the floor naked, diarrhea and vomit trailing him.
Homeless people hover around the entrances to Grand Central Terminal and assault people as they leave the station. The cops just watch.
New York City is no longer safe and it is no longer a place suitable to conduct business.
I will look for another more pleasant city to arrange meetings in the future, where I can feel safe from attack by diseased mental patients, a place where I don't have to step over homeless or endure gay pole dancers on the metro.
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