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New York City hotel housing migrants has become a 'free-for-all,' including children getting drunk: Ex-employee
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New York City hotel housing migrants has become a 'free-for-all,' including children getting drunk: Ex-employee

A once-trendy hotel in New York City – which has since been repurposed to house migrants – has become a hub of intoxicated children, drugs, and violence, according to a former employee.

In October 2022, New York City Mayor Eric Adams announced that the Row NYC hotel would become a "migrant relief center."

The Row NYC hotel – located in the tourist-heavy area of Times Square – no longer offers rooms to the public, but instead houses as many as 600 migrant families.

The Row NYC has a gourmet food market, a fitness studio, and an internet lounge featuring iMac computers.

The New York Post reported last year, "The daily weekday rate for a standard room with one full or queen bed in mid-September — around when the hotel could begin housing illegal immigrants – ranges from $414.42 to $435.07 per night, including taxes and 'facilities fees' and depending on the view."

The New York City comptroller revealed in March that the city is on pace to spend over $4 billion during the fiscal years of 2023 and 2024. New York City has a $40 million contract with Row NYC to house illegal immigrants.

However, the former luxury hotel has reportedly become a center of lawlessness.

Gustavo Rosario – manager of Iron Bar across the street from the 1,300-room hotel on Eighth Avenue – told the New York Post, "It doesn’t look good. Now we open the window, and if they are smoking marijuana, all the smoke [starts] coming inside. People get uncomfortable."

A migrant father staying at the hotel said, "Come around 9 or 10 p.m., it’s crazy. People [are] drinking aguardiente and smoking weed outside all night since we can’t bring that in. The police have come and pushed them out some nights so now they gather at the corners."

The father added, "I've seen 12-, 13-year-olds drinking and smoking outside — a lot of the Venezuelan kids with the men."

"These kids… they don’t have structure or good role models," the concerned father said. "My kids are not allowed to follow that and hang out there. They know better."

There are reportedly children drinking, and doing drugs in hotel rooms with weapons around.

Carlos Arellano – an ex-employee of Row NYC – told "Fox & Friends Weekend," "Every day, we find about ten kids alone in their hotel rooms, either drinking or doing drugs. Weapons will be in the room. But we're not allowed to go in there. We're not allowed to take anything from them. It's basically a free-for-all."

Arellano alleged that there was a 10-year-old migrant girl who was intoxicated inside a hotel room at the NYC Row.

Arellano said that he found fake documents such as counterfeit passports and social security cards inside the hotel rooms.

He shared photos of some hotel rooms that were trashed after the Row NYC became housing during the migrant crisis in New York City.

Arellano – who claimed to be a site administrator at the Row NYC – said he felt in danger "every day" that he worked at the hotel.

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Paul Sacca

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