New York City, New York – A band of drug addicts has turned Broadway into a shooting gallery, administering illicit drugs in plain sight and then fumbling around in a strung-out delirium, apparently unaware of the fact that they’re within the Midtown Manhattan area among pedestrians.
— New York Post (@nypost) July 28, 2020
To make matters all the worse, these nomadic drug addicts have littered the streets in the area with their used needles, making the area not only a disturbing site – but also a potential hazard that can put unaware people and children at risk for things like Hepatitis-C or HIV if exposed.
For those unaware as to what a “shooting gallery” is, it’s essentially an area where like-minded addicts congregate to partake in injecting drugs. Typically, that type of scenery is present in dilapidated areas, but now 40th Street and Broadway is playing host to that kind of display.
A local, who only identified himself as James, stated the following about the scenery of drug addicts:
“They’ve taken over the tables, blatantly using needles and shooting up heroin all day long. There’s no police action, there’s no reach-out. There’s nobody preventing this, and you know we’ve had multiple calls to 311 but nobody really responds. It’s becoming a real problem.”
The non-emergency line of 311 would typically be the number one would call in New York City when dealing with the likes of people flagrantly using illegal drugs in plain view, yet James stated that the recent calls to 311 have been “futile exercises.”
Alleged Drug Addicts Turn Midtown Manhattan into ‘Shooting Gallery’ https://t.co/xT2Ctzxbkq
— Patricia Dickson (@Patrici15767099) July 31, 2020
Edgar Rivera, a local construction worker, had been working in the area during the past few weeks. He too detailed that there’s been a growing problem with drugs use, describing that it’s always the “same people” that he sees:
“In the morning, they start early in the morning. It’s almost always the same people you see around. It’s always the same ones all the time. They are, like, here every day. We see them sleeping on the floor. Sometimes the ambulances come around here to help them out. It’s always the same guys.”
A sanitation worker who’d been working within the area for the past six years stated that the problem with drugs addicts using dope in the area has only gotten worse in recent times:
“Disappointing the way they discard all the syringes. It’s not the safest. In the last year, it’s gotten really bad. I’ve been seeing more syringes, discarded syringes, ever since they started coming in.”
A statement coming from City Hall on July 28th described the growing problem as “entirely unacceptable” and stated that they’ll do what they can to remedy the matter:
“We will do everything we can to connect these people with drug treatment and help so they can get their lives back on track.”
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Speaking of portions of New York City turning for the worst, reports have surfaced about a local business based off of Madison Avenue in New York City that has crafted up a lawsuit in regard to the riots that devastated their business on May 29th.
But who’s getting named in the suit is even more interesting. Listed is Governor Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio, the NYPD and the commissioner, and even the state of New York.
Madison Ave. Business Domus Design Center (DDC) Sues NY Democrat Governor Cuomo, NYC Democrat Mayor De Blasio for Riots, Estimates $100 Million in Damages (Last Chance To Stay in Business); Others Will Sue Shortly https://t.co/ttdc615dEj
— mathewsjw (@mathewsjw) July 10, 2020
Domus Design Center, or commonly referred to as DDC, was said to have experienced an estimated $100 million in damages by the way of riots, looting, and the ilk that ravaged New York City on the evening of May 29th – and now they’re saying someone has got to own up for the damage.
Attorney Sal Strazzullo is said to be representing DDC in the endeavor, and the attorney is noting that there’s merit to pointing the proverbial finger at elected officials and the NYPD in this effort.
One aspect that Strazzullo criticized was that of bail reform:
“Cuomo should have worried about hospital reform instead of bail reform. Getting a free pass, some criminals were not able to be detained pending trial and now we have looters.”
Madison Ave. Business Sues Cuomo, De Blasio for Riots, Estimates $100M in Damages – David Harris Jr https://t.co/CITlswcsiR
— Raised Right (@RightMsmagnolia) July 14, 2020
Bringing up bail reform is certainly a solid point for naming the likes of Mayor de Blasio, as the issue may have very well contributed to the criminal activity that took place in late-May.
The attorney is seemingly flabbergasted that the once-beautiful city is resembling areas of a war-torn country:
“Who’d have imagined we’d have to board up our stores? We’re not in Afghanistan. Places like Saks Fifth, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Rolex being bombed out?”
Strazzullo further went on, saying that he and his client feel as though their taxes that are meant to preserve the likes of commercial properties were nothing more than a frivolous waste:
“Where are our tax dollars going? Rocks, bricks thrown? Glass smashed? Merchandise stolen? Thrown out? People hurt? Millions lost? Businesses destroyed? Lives crushed? Not protecting commercial properties is negligence of duty. It’s looters against New York City and state.”
While addressing the criminal damage that took place during the May 29th riots, Strazzullo also explained why the NYPD and Commissioner Dermot Shea were included in the lawsuit:
“Paying taxes that help pay the salary of the NYPD, we expect protection in return. Where was the city? The state? Officials failing to protect their residents? Government is responsible to protect its citizens and businesses against criminals who want to do bad.”
Madison Ave. Business Sues Cuomo, De Blasio for Riots, Estimates $100M in Damages https://t.co/5YWAowRlrd
— Patty Cake (@Pixierose13) July 14, 2020
The attorney is aware that some may be looking at the lawsuit being filed as some sort of a quick money grab, trying to capitalize on the chaos that impacted so many people in May and June. However, Strazzullo says this is more than just about money, it’s about making “a point”:
“Not every lawsuit is for money. This type of suit — about the city’s acts and omissions in failing to control or otherwise restrain violent protesters, which caused destruction to claimant’s retail store — is for a point.”
This lawsuit is going to be presented as a class action suit, according to the attorney. He says that once this effort gets moving that “others will come on board.”
It will certainly be an interesting case to watch develop to see if the courts agree with the shared culpability from the damage done by the riots.
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