Our Back Yard

Submitted by ub on Thu, 09/22/2022 - 15:34
Flood Zone

New York City is bound by a decades-old consent decree in a class-action lawsuit to provide shelter for the homeless near City Island.

Wake up and read all about Eric Leroy Adams the 110th mayor of New York City since January 1, 2022. Captain Adams was an officer in the New York City Transit Police and the New York City Police Department, then a Brooklyn politician. He should know better. @NYCMayor has announced the city will soon be opening humanitarian relief centers to support the hundreds of asylum seekers arriving in NYC daily.

To my Latino brothers and sisters: Let’s not stigmatize our fellow migrants. I am one and this great nation was built by immigrants. Keep in mind that Orchard Beach has a history of flooding, and the hurricane season has reportedly picked up momentum. The entire parking lot area is designated as a “special flood hazard area” on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s flood map, and is entirely within the city’s “Zone 1” hurricane evacuation designationBut even a normal rainstorm could potentially be dangerous.

While reading from our online community members we learn that some folks are shocked, while others say there goes the neighborhood or are surprised saying, not in our backyard. Why not send them to Brooklyn? https://www.prospectpark.org/

What is The City Island Civic doing? https://www.corporationwiki.com/p/2n85es/city-island-civic-association-…; https://www.cityislandcommunitycenter.com/meetings

What about The Chamber of Commerce? https://cityislandchamber.org/

How about The Island Current?  http://theislandcurrent.com/

Tell the Mayor what you think here or feel free to opine below: https://www1.nyc.gov/office-of-the-mayor/index.page

NYC Mayor Adams to open refugee-style camps to house deluge of asylum seekershttps://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/new-york-elections-government…

The mayor's office said a center for single adults will open in City Island, A Slice of NYC Paradise in The Bronx in the coming weeks-, with the second site being finalized. https://apnews.com/article/2022-midterm-elections-new-york-city-texas-g…

‘Sanctuary’ cities navigate migrant influx from GOP states

Mayor Eric Adams set to open ‘tent city’ for asylum seekers  https://gothamist.com/news/mayor-eric-adams-set-to-open-tent-city-for-i…

Eric Adams awards $34 million in contracts to help the homeless amid migrant influx https://nypost.com/2022/09/21/eric-adams-awards-34-million-in-contracts…

NYC Mayor Adams opens 'humanitarian emergency' centers for busloads of migrants from Florida, Texas, and border states.

Adams: NYC homeless shelter system at breaking point 


New York City to open emergency centers to house migrants bused by Texas https://www.reuters.com/world/us/new-york-city-open-emergency-centers-h…

Warzone NYC: Mayor Eric Adams reveals two refugee-style CAMPS to deal with the migrant crisis - and taunts Texas and Florida for 'abdicating their moral duty to support arriving asylum seekers
Eric Adams revealed plans to open two refugee-style camps for the thousands of incoming migrants 
One of the sites will be in Orchard Beach, in the Bronx, but the location of the second hasn't been confirmed 
He claimed it proved his moral triumph over Texas and Florida, who he claims turned their backs on the issue
The vast majority of the migrants say they want to come to New York, a sanctuary city where their chances of being turned in to ICE are slimmer 
Florida Gov. Ron de Santis and Texas' Greg Abbott sent them duly north - to the outrage of Adams and others 
The Republicans say it calls the bluff of the wealthy liberal elite who claim to be pro-immigration without living through the true scale of the crisis 


Both clam diggers and muscle suckers should be aware of what happened in Ft. Smith Arkansas, while Bill Clinton was Governor. On June 1, the detainees rioted, destroying four barracks and fighting with State Police officers and National Guardsmen. 62 refugees were injured and 46 others were arrested. After the riots, the previously unsecured facility was turned into a prison, encircled with miles of concertina wire and 2,000 heavily-armed federal troops. Been there, done that.

Meanwhile, The U.S. attorney for SDNY, Damian Williams says toppers of AFL Construction, an NYC-based firm, were arrested on charges of wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and money laundering. The individuals entered into contracts with the city government worth $12 million to provide services at homeless shelters


Submitted by Joe Mama (not verified) on Thu, 09/22/2022 - 17:32


The NYPD patrol car sitting outside Orchard Beach can be replicated at the bridge to control pedestrian traffic. Then build a police kiosk for the future cold months.

Submitted by ub on Sat, 09/24/2022 - 16:11


The Arkansas National Guard remembers Ft. Chaffee in the summer of 1980. That’s when Castro emptied his prisons and mixed convicts with refugees in the Mariel Boatlift. A summer of discontent and agitation that is LITERALLY.

Will we see a Winter of darkness and coldness, both of which are undesirable? with crime, lice, and riots?

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 09/24/2022 - 23:50


The reaction from my sister when she heard about about this migrant tent plan at Orchard Beach, near her home on City Island, was the following: “Why is New York City doing this to us - its middle class? Why do we have to bear the brunt of this? It is a problem we did not create.”

I feel sympathy for the migrants, but I am concerned about 2 things living here on City Island: 1.) the value of my home, 2.) the safety of my family.

I have some doubts about this plan, and I hope I am proven wrong. I really would prefer it not happen at all.

The tents at the beach must be a short-term solution. Talk of winterized tents really concerns me, for all involved, including the migrants. The idea of a few hundred men from another part of the world living at the beach with nothing to do doesn't sound too safe or appealing.

We do need an extra law enforcement assigned to Orchard Beach and City Island to mediate any disputes that could arise in the area occupied by the migrants, between migrants and those who want to use the park that is open year round, and also actually on City Island when migrants stop by. I want to help the migrants, but I don't want this to become yet another a quality of life issue here with even more confusion thrown into the pot on the island.

Quality of Life issues on City Island that already exist concern me:
---traffic jams in the summer from visitors -- mainly to restaurants with economic activity relatively small in the context of the larger NYC tax base and that mostly create lower-wage jobs without real advancement prospects
---noise pollution from cars that blast extremely loud music with no enforcement from anyone in the police department -- something you don't see in many towns outside NYC with houses that are valued at the same prices they cost here & something no doubt some at least some of our local businesses would like us to look the other way on but which our families and children experience.
---trespassers who think it nothing to walk onto your property, the house and land you own.

My family and I could pack up and go to Westchester County or Rockland County or Connecticut, and not have to pay city income, real estate, and sales tax. Property taxes may be higher that owning a house in the city on City Island, but saving the NYC income and sales tax would make up for it.

So please NYC, don't crucify City Island on the cross of a dispute between the governors of border states like Texas and elected officials up north. We have a good community here. It welcomes all. We have people with a wide range of incomes and interests. We can help the migrants, but we have to look out for number one. I would like extra police protection and no part of this processing of the migrants should take place anywhere other than the Orchard Beach Parking Lot. This needs to be a short term solution. I'd prefer it not be done at all, but if it is done, it can't be here more that a couple of months.

Submitted by ED (not verified) on Sun, 09/25/2022 - 12:16


A woman was just beaten and sexually assaulted at knifepoint by one mugger in Fort Tryon Park in Inwood, NYC according to public safety officials. Can you imagine the damage that a large group of single men could do to our City Islanders?

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