New Migrant Families Arriving on UWS Next Week

Police guard West 70th Street between Broadway and Columbus as Stratford Arms’ current residents head to a new shelter.

New York City’s response to the constant influx of migrants arriving on buses continues to dominate our local news, and today’s story about single-adult asylum-seeking migrants being moved from a former student dormitory to “dormitory style tents” on Randall’s Island is the latest move by the city to get a handle on this ever-evolving crisis.


On Tuesday, Council Member Gale Brewer spoke at a Community Board 7 meeting to announce the latest move of asylum seekers in our area. She announced that the migrants at the Stratford Arms Hotel at 117 West 70th Street, whom she referred to as “the 500 individuals,” as well as the migrants at the Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Center (HERRCs) at 207 West 85th Street, would be moved this week to the newly opened tent-style shelters at Randall’s Island – and that the block of the Stratford Arms would be closed Wednesday through Friday. These migrants just arrived in June.

Next week, new migrant families will be moved into both Upper West Side buildings. A representative from Council Member Brewer’s office told us this has nothing to do with the recent arrest at the Stratford Arms, but that this change was already in the works to prioritize private rooms for families over single adults. The 500 migrants at the Stratford Arms  The building had previously housed students from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AMDA).

Brewer also announced the “community conversation” that took place Wednesday at P.S. 191 (300 West 61st Street), and the wide-ranging conversation (transcript here) demonstrated that the overall migrant issue is extremely contentious and isn’t close to being fully resolved anytime soon. “We’re getting 10,000 migrants a month” Mayor Eric Adams said, which he also announced “will destroy New York City.”

We visited the Stratford Arms Hotel and found a major police presence with traffic cones on both sides of the street blocking vehicle traffic. A guard inside the hotel would not permit us to enter or speak to anyone leaving the building.


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