Hell's Kitchen: Not the best place to raise children ?

Discussion in 'New York' started by dampfnudel, Jul 10, 2006.

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  1. paulbunyon

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    Please elaborate, I haven't seen much action there in years
  2. Saba1986

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    yeah a lot of action at night....
  3. JohnnyDoe

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    That and creating unofficial "red-light" zones just north of the Chelsea pier area also.

    But this article is interesting as of last year the area in question was completely shut down.

    I wonder how Lex & 28th is doing these days. I have since gotten rid of my car and haven't been on the strolls for a while now.


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  4. robnotbob

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  5. sunraider7

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    Amen

    Prostitution, especially on the Westside, has been around for nearly 200 years. As the saying goes, "the more things change, the more they remain the same."
  6. genius

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    I'm shocked, absolutely shocked that an "assurance" from a realtor can't be taken as truth. Next, someone is going to post that the "little old lady who only drove the car on Sundays" story told to me by a used car salesman is possiblly false too.

    What is this world coming to when you can't trust salesmen?
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  7. Mr. User Name

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    When did having children become a criminal act ?
  8. LARRYDARRELL

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    decriminalization

    I think decriminalization would solve allot of these problems.
  9. greyfox

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    Nice choice of words.So,they weren't lying.


    She continued,"I expected crackheads with tiny little asses when I moved here not 'culo grande'".
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  10. jed253

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    Channel 5 News followed up with a story. It was just on.
  11. paulbunyon

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    Great going, NY Post. This article insures that the powers that be will step up the heat on the westside now. I can personally vouch for the accuracy of the article though. They've been out in force in that area again for awhile now.
  12. dampfnudel

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    http://www.nypost.com/news/regional...ews_douglas_montero_and_perry_chiaramonte.htm

    HOOKER HELL

    NEIGHBOR FURY AS KITCHEN GETS TOO HOT

    By DOUGLAS MONTERO and PERRY CHIARAMONTE

    July 10, 2006 -- Newcomers to Hell's Kitchen, who pay top dollar to live in the hot neighborhood, are having a devil of a time dealing with a resurgence in some of the area's longtime inhabitants - prostitutes.

    The in-your-face, scantily clad night crawlers, who for years discreetly plied their wares from pimp-owned cars, are back to their pre-Giuliani days of streetwalking, traffic-stopping parades in front of flesh-hungry motorists, according to residents and community leaders.

    The Post recently spotted about a dozen of the hard-working, high-heeled hookers strutting up and down West 47th and 48th streets between Ninth and 11th avenues - not far from cops posted at the Lincoln Tunnel to thwart potential terrorist attacks.

    Several shocked newcomers to the area - including some young families dishing out up to $3,000 a month in rent - said realtors had assured them that the neighborhood was "up and coming."

    But baby-carriage-pushing moms en route to a local playground at 8 a.m. say they now see some skin dealers openly working overtime - sometimes until 11 a.m.

    "I walk out of my building in the morning to see these girls with their asses hanging out," said Kimberly Solop, 34, who shares a $3,000-a-month two-bedroom on West 48th with her husband and their 2-year-old son, Simon.

    "I don't want him growing up looking at that," she said. "It's a lot of money to be paying to have this activity going on."

    Even longtime residents who survived the more hard-core days of the 1980s say they began noticing the increase shortly before Fleet Week.

    And the hookers are not alone, they add. With them come pimps in music-blasting vehicles and do-ragged street thugs who serve as muscle.

    "It's a pain in the ass," said Junior Gonzalez, 68, who's lived on West 47th for 40 years. "It's hard to sleep at night. They're shouting; they're fighting.

    "There's this boom-boom-boom coming from the speakers they put in the trunks of their cars. My windows vibrate."

    Residents of the Clinton West condos at 516 W. 47th St. - which boasts a $1 million pad - say that they've complained to the cops but that the hookers have always come back.

    "I'm scared," said a resident too afraid to provide his name. "I have two kids, and I live on the first floor, and I don't want anything coming through the window."

    Elke Fears, president of the West 47th/48th Street Block Association, notes that the hookers and pimps are no fools: they skirt the area whenever the cops turn up the heat. Their territory goes as far south as 43rd Street and as far north as 48th.

    Fears and others suspect that some of the women are looking for business from patrons of several new upscale "gentlemen's clubs" in the area.

    Deputy Inspector Edward Mullen said the NYPD, aware of the resurgence, is planning to crack the whip.

    "It is a precinct condition that both the precinct commanding officer and the NYPD Vice Enforcement Division are addressing," he said.

    Solop, meanwhile, said she just hopes the city will improve the quality of life for her and for her daughter, the sooner the better.

    "It brings a bad element to the neighborhood," the young mom said. "They are everywhere."

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    I don't know about you guys, but I don't think every Manhattan 'hood should be "kid-friendly". New York wouldn't be fun if that was the case.