New York City Mayor Eric Adams is now housing migrants at the glamorous Watson Hotel, a $450-a-night 3.5-star hotel just steps from Central Park, after Adams’ Tent City closed.
Migrants were spotted arriving at The Watson Hotel after being transported from the tent facility on Randall’s Island, and the new hotel guests all smiled as they checked out of their new temporary home.
The hotel — which comes with a plethora of amenities, including a fitness center, indoor pool and lobby restaurant — will begin accepting migrants Monday and can accommodate up to 600 people.
Adams announced this week that all residents still in the Randall’s Island facility — Adams’ Tent City conceived after being so named on Google Maps — would be transported to the Watson Hotel HERCC.
HERRC stands for Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Center, a program set up by Adams to assist with housing for migrants.
The tent city will be closed on Wednesday, but it will be a few more weeks before the city is completely closed.
After the closure of New York Mayor Eric Adams’ Tent City, the migrants housed there were taken to the Watson Hotel on the Upper West Side, just steps from Central Park.
Migrants smiled as they viewed their new digs, including a fitness center, indoor pool and lobby restaurant
Adam’s ‘Tent City’ opened Oct. 19 to house single men seeking temporary asylum in the US after their first arrival in New York City, but they have now been relocated
‘Adams Tent City’ is located on Randall’s Island, between Manhattan, Queens and The Bronx
‘Adams Tent City’ will close on Wednesday after being open for just three weeks. The facility is closing due to a lack of migrants coming in from the southern border
“We continue to welcome asylum seekers who arrive in New York City with compassion and care,” Adams said in a statement, adding that the new hotel center “will provide asylum seekers with a place to stay, access support and reach their final destination.” .’
“This site was always intended to be temporary and the city believes that the Watson Hotel HERRC is the most effective and efficient option for single men,” an email to councilors obtained by the New York Posto enter.
In recent months, the number of migrants, mostly from Venezuela, arriving in New York City had surged after officials in states like Texas and Arizona sent them on buses.
‘Adams Tent City’ opened on October 19 to accommodate single men seeking temporary asylum in the US after their first arrival in New York City. The center helped them determine what resources they needed and whether they wanted to go elsewhere.
President Joe Biden recently placed limits on the number of Venezuelan citizens who can apply for asylum, which has led to a decline in arrivals.
It led Adams to declare a state of emergency over the increased pressure on the city’s infrastructure, with the homeless shelter system bursting. There are more than 63,300 people in the shelter system.
But Randall’s Island’s facility, which consisted of heated tents with cots for up to 500 people and could have held double that number, was not using anywhere near that capacity.
Governor Kathy Hochul even mobilized 147 National Guard troops in October to provide “logistical and operational support” to the infamous “tent city.”
New York Mayor Eric Adams said housing migrants at the Watson Hotel will “provide asylum seekers with a place to stay, access support and reach their final destination.”
The Watson Hotel will start accepting migrants on Monday and will accommodate 600 people after the tent town closed
Adams said the center – briefly called ‘Adams Tent City’ on Google – will be a ‘temporary solution’ for asylum seekers pouring into the city
The facility even has some plush couches set up in front of big screen TVs
Extensive laundry facilities for the 500 expected migrants at the Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Centre
Industrial kitchens ready to prepare food for the migrants expected at the Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Centre
The mayor’s office did not specify how many migrants had used the facility. It said a total of 17,500 people are seeking asylum in the city’s care.
Last week, 113 Senegalese migrants arrived at the facility after being transported by bus from the southern border on Oct. 31.
Their arrival in New York was coordinated by a Bronx imam who had independently housed migrants before learning the facility was empty.
Omar Niass of the Masjid Ansaru-Deen Muslim House of Worship said the majority of the migrants had worked in Brazil.
When they heard the border was open, they left their jobs to migrate, many of them taking Greyhound buses into the city, he told the New York Post.
Last month, there were just seven men in the 500-bed facility — formally called the Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Center — which, according to a city official, cost about $325,000 to build.
One man told the New York Post that about 200 men lived there and they are from Senegal and South America.
Even before it opened, immigrant lawyers had worried downtown about a range of issues, including its location, on an island between the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens, and whether it was appropriate to house people in tents rather than built spaces. such as hotels, and whether migrants would receive adequate services.
The news of the closure was greeted with approval.
“The city is doing the right thing by bringing people to an environment where they can have their own space and settle in so they can get on with their lives,” said Kathryn Kliff, a lawyer with the Legal Aid Society.
“We are also pleased that this new location will be much more accessible to public transport, allowing customers to access services and easily travel to and from the location.”