Lady Gaga’s father is suing hundreds of migrants who have ‘taken over’ his posh New York neighborhood, claiming they abuse residents, harass teenage girls and lure escorts to the area
- Joe Germanotta, 66, lives at The Pythian on the Upper West Side – and has complained about a migrant hotel moving to his neighborhood
- He claimed the streets were overrun with partying, prostitution and reckless behavior because of the new neighbors.
Lady Gaga’s father has led the charge against hundreds of migrants who have ‘taken over’ his upscale New York neighborhood – claiming they abuse residents.
The pop star’s father, Joe Germanotta, 66, lives at The Pythian on the Upper West Side – and just down the street the city has turned the Stratford Arms Hotel into a shelter for 500 migrants.
He has now claimed the streets are overrun with partying, prostitution and reckless behavior because of the new neighbours.
On average, 2,300 migrants arrive in the Big Apple each week, draining the city’s limited resources and tying up the social welfare system in place.
He told the New York Post: ‘There are now 500 migrants living in this dormitory. That’s when all the chaos started. Prostitutes come and go. In the morning, you see prostitutes coming out of the building.
The pop star’s father, Joe Germanotta, 66, lives at The Pythian on the Upper West Side – and just down the street the city has turned the Stratford Arms Hotel into a haven for 500 migrants
The Pythian on the Upper West Side, where Lady Gaga was raised
“The worst is at night. The noise. It starts around 10 a.m. and it will last until 4 a.m. Play music and race their motocross and motorcycles through the streets.
“Have proper security in place, have a police presence and a code of conduct. They are guests in our neighborhood and they have practically taken over.
Germanotta said none of the UWS residents were made aware of the existence of the migrant shelter – and that trash and needles now litter the once clean sidewalks.
While he said the migrants are probably good people, he said their anti-social behavior was becoming a problem and the people who decided to put them in the building were “fucking” the locals.
They even bully teenage girls as young as 14, said New Jersey-born Germanotta.
The now migrant center housed the American Academy of Music and Dance.
He said of Eric Adams’ response to the crisis: “In my opinion, you should have just suspended ‘sanctuary city’ status until we had enough housing and then said, ‘Yeah, ok, you can send more.
Migrants sleeping outside the Roosevelt Hotel in Midtown last week
Germanotta said none of the UWS residents had received notice of the migrant shelter – and trash and needles now litter the once clean sidewalks.
‘It’s a joke. Why doesn’t he take one of the cruise ships? Cruise ships accommodate more people, and it’s a more controlled environment.
“The city is spending a huge amount of money that could be spent on building affordable housing.
“The really sad part is that in the neighborhood we still have our share of veterans and homeless people – but we don’t take care of our own.
Asylum seekers are detained before being transferred by city bus from the Port Authority bus station to accommodation in the Bronx and Queens
A migrant family eats outside the Roosevelt Hotel where dozens of recently arrived migrants are camping
“They don’t get food every day. It’s truly sad. I feel for them.
Just last week, the corner of East 45th Street and Vanderbilt Avenue in Manhattan had been the epicenter of the influx of migrants into the country.
Hundreds of people lined the block hoping to enter the makeshift treatment center after arriving in the area on buses from the south.
The scene angered residents as they demanded Mayor Eric Adams do more.
The Roosevelt Hotel and others have become hubs for refugees – within walking distance of Times Square, the World Trade Center Memorial Site and the Empire State Building.
Over the weekend, migrants were given little red tickets with numbers on them – and occasionally hotel workers would come out and call numbers to let people into the air-conditioned lobby.
Others, desperately closing in on the front to get in, had to wait outside in the New York heat.