New York's Chelsea residents say drug users are taking over their once upscale neighborhood

Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, 한때 유행하는 콘도미니엄과 호화로운 레스토랑으로 유명했습니다., 마약 사용자들은 거리에서 주사기를 공개적으로 사용하기 시작했습니다., 폭력으로 스며든, [object Window], smoking and even sex dens, 여우 5 of New York reports.

What’s worse is it’s not just at night — it’s during the day,” said Vivek Batra, a co-op owner in the neighborhood told Fox 5. “You can see people over here shooting up, 흡연. I find pipes. I find needles in the street and kids are playing right here.

A Fox 5 News crew also recorded a person injecting a syringe into their arm in a basement laundry room and another individual openly smoking what police said was probably meth.

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Residents of Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood say the area has been overrun by drugs and drug users.

Residents of Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood say the area has been overrun by drugs and drug users. (여우 5 뉴욕)

These are not isolated incidents, residents told the station, as parents said the neighborhood is now an areanot safe for kids.

We have people going around the block for the past three years taking drugs, having sex in the basements, breaking in, different type of intrusions,” 클로에, a resident and mother, told Fox 5. “원래, we feel like the area is not safe for our kids.

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As for the police, they can’t keep up with the rampant crime despite their best efforts, residents said.

We’ve been using the 311 앱, which is great, we call the police — the police is very responsive. We had two break-ins, they were able to arrest the people within hours,” Chloe told Fox New York.The issue that we’re seeing is that in a lot of cases, they’re not able to detain the person. So sometimes they’re not able to do the arrest that we need them to do.