Harlem Residents Angered By Migrant Crisis: “No Transparency, They sneaked Them In”

February 19, 2024

Harlem residents criticized NYC Mayor Eric Adams after plans surfaced to convert an abandoned luxury apartment complex into a shelter for undocumented migrants.

Adams unexpectedly attended a community meeting in Harlem on Thursday, addressing concerns about the building on 130th Street and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. reportedly being readied for immigrants, according to CBS News.

At the meeting, Adams assured residents that he opposed relocating migrants to a new building while local needs remained unmet.

Residents like Tiffany expressed frustration at the lack of transparency, noting the sudden appearance of bunk beds without prior notice.

Ruth McDaniels highlighted the long-standing neglect of Harlem residents, emphasizing the importance of addressing their needs before accommodating outsiders.

Gilda Dawn Gillim underscored the housing challenges faced by people of color in NYC, particularly in central Harlem, where a significant portion of income goes towards rent.

Leslie Johnson lamented the lack of community input on the issue of housing undocumented migrants.

The building, initially marketed as luxury housing, has remained vacant for about a decade due to loan defaults by its developers.

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