Thursday, May 25, 2023

Adams says migrants could be put in 20 NYC school gyms; NYC business officials scouring real estate listings to house growing number of migrants

Adams says migrants could be put in 20 NYC school gyms:
Mayor Eric Adams on Tuesday said 20 city public-school gyms are now being eyed to hold migrants, although he claimed it’s just a possibility — despite photos this week showing beds set up in two of them and principals warning parents about the move.
Adams maintained that the city has not yet become so inundated with migrants that they need to be housed in the gyms, saying those who were photographed in a Brooklyn gymnasium over the weekend were there for only “a few hours.”
In the wee hours Tuesday at another Brooklyn school gym, a small busload of migrant men was dropped off to stay there for a few hours before being whisked off again, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told The Post.
“We have 20 stand-alone gymnasiums throughout the city that are not part of the school building. They are on the list of potential locations we may have to use,” Adams told PIX 11.
“We’re not there yet, but we need a list to be prepared so that if this influx continues, we can accommodate.”
About 4,200 migrants arrived in the Big Apple last week, and another 15 buses are expected this weekend.
Adams’ claim of “potential locations” comes after at least 75 migrants were temporarily held at PS 188 in Coney Island on Sunday and ​Tuesday’s pre-dawn drop-off of ​10 others at MS 577​/PS 17​ in Williamsburg.
The principal of the Coney Island school had alerted parents in a letter Friday that the school was chosen as one of the “emergency, temporary sites to house individuals and families who are seeking asylum” in the city. --->READ MORE HERE
NYC business officials scouring real estate listings to house growing number of migrants:
As New York City continues its scramble to find shelter for the relentless surge of asylum seekers, the city’s economic development officials are scouring real-estate listings and contacting brokers about the availability of space in a heightened desperate push to find room for the stream of migrants, The Post has learned
Sources in the real estate community said they were stunned to hear from reps from the city Economic Development Corporation, who emailed and called them about the availability of vacant office space after checking listings almost always responded to by companies seeking to lease or sublease.
The EDC reps asked about the “potential suitability for a site for asylum seekers” during their queries, one source said.
What surprised real estate brokers is the city officials are not just looking for space in totally empty buildings, but also in Midtown facilities that are mostly or partially occupied where some vacant space could be subleased.
One rep for the EDC involved in the effort declined to comment when contacted by The Post.
The EDC, which is the city’s economic development arm of the city whose mission is to bolster and attract business to the Big Apple, declined comment.
Mayor Eric Adams’s office also declined comment.
But City Hall last week sent out an SOS to the business community, with space at hotels dwindling. --->READ MORE HERE
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