NYC will use Manhattan’s $400-a-night ‘The Row’ hotel into migrant accommodation for 600 families

Author: Yuvi August 16, 2022


A luxury hotel in the center of Manhattan is set to become a hub for housing asylum-seeking migrants who have been bussed in from Texas.

The Row, which is based near tourist-packed Times Square, will become a shelter for as many as 600 migrant families.

Sources claim that they are going to place families and single people who have traveled from Texas after Gov. George Abbott unveiled his plan to start transporting people from his southern state.

The plush hotel is understood to be working with Mayor Adams to convert part of the $400-a-night hotel, formerly known as the Milford Plaza, into an intake center.

A worker at the hotel told the New York Post: ‘In a month or two, we’re about to open up for the city Department of Homeless Services, for homeless.

‘They’re working on an agreement, a contract. It’ll be here at this hotel, but they’ll keep the DHS shelter on a certain floor. But that hasn’t started yet, they said a month or two.’

There has been no official announcement from City Hall regarding how much the 28-story and 1,300 room hotel plan will cost, or which department will be heading the operation.

The Row, a $400-a-night luxury hotel based near tourist-packed Times Square, will become a shelter for as many as 600 migrant families. It is not clear if one floor will be made available or if they will be across the property

At an unrelated press conference on Monday, Mayor Adams said that New York would 'treat these people with dignity' that Texas has failed to do

At an unrelated press conference on Monday, Mayor Adams said that New York would ‘treat these people with dignity’ that Texas has failed to do

A child today gave a thumbs up to reporters after arriving from Texas to New York's Port Authority Bus Station on a bus with their family

A child today gave a thumbs up to reporters after arriving from Texas to New York’s Port Authority Bus Station on a bus with their family

Sources claim that the plan was fast-tracked to try to help deal with the surge of asylum-seekers traveling to the Big Apple, after more than 300 have arrived in the past two weeks.

The Row struck a deal with the city after the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) issued a desperate plea for proposals last week.

The department solicitation includes a request for bilingual staff and added: ‘The population served by the selected vendor will be families with children, adult couples and individual adults.’

City Hall did not immediately respond to a DailyMail.com request for comment.

The hotel is located around three blocks from the Port Authority Bus Terminal where Abbott has been sending busloads of migrants,

The hotel is located around three blocks from the Port Authority Bus Terminal where Abbott has been sending busloads of migrants,

More than 300 asylum-seekers have arrived in the Big Apple in the past two weeks, meaning that the hotel plan was fast-tracked because of the surge

More than 300 asylum-seekers have arrived in the Big Apple in the past two weeks, meaning that the hotel plan was fast-tracked because of the surge

When contacted by DailyMail.com a spokeswoman for The Row declined to comment.

The hotel is located around three blocks from the Port Authority Bus Terminal where Abbott has been sending busloads of migrants, in a protests against President Biden’s ‘Irresponsible open border policies.’

It also housed homeless people during the height of the COVID pandemic, which first reported it was under consideration as a shelter for migrants.

At an unrelated press conference on Monday, Mayor Adams said: ‘We are going to provide these families with the dignity that the Texas Governor failed to do that is who we are as New Yorkers that is who we are as an administration.’

Texas governor Greg Abbott began to bus undocumented migrants to New York City in a symbolic show of protest for President Joe Biden ending a pandemic program that allows border agents to more easily thwart illegal border crossings.

One man gave a thumbs up as he crossed the road with a charity worker to be taken to a shelter after the long journey from Texas on Monday

One man gave a thumbs up as he crossed the road with a charity worker to be taken to a shelter after the long journey from Texas on Monday

The Row struck a deal with the city after the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) issued a desperate plea for proposals last week.  The department solicitation includes a request for billingual staff as the majority of those arriving do not speak much English

The Row struck a deal with the city after the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) issued a desperate plea for proposals last week. The department solicitation includes a request for billingual staff as the majority of those arriving do not speak much English

New York has considered itself a sanctuary city for undocumented migrants and does not cooperate with immigration enforcement officers on deportation or detention matters.

On Tuesday, Adams called Abbott’s program ‘irresponsible’ for using human beings for a ‘political ploy.’

He also threatened to bus New Yorkers to Texas in order to knock on doors for Abbott’s upcoming gubernatorial opponent, Beto O’Rourke.

‘I already called all of my friends in Texas and told them how to cast their vote,’ Adams said. “I am deeply contemplating taking a busload of New Yorkers to go to Texas and do some good old fashion doorknocking, because for the good of America we have to get him out of office.’

He had previously called Abbott’s program ‘horrific.’

16 August, 2022, 2:25 am

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