Million-Dollar Condos Can’t Escape New York Values

Every place has crime but expensive homes and their problems give us a taste of the special crimes associated with New York values.

A recent story about how New York values relate to public crime show us that some places that are regarded as high points in America are really low points. Where else can people sink millions into new homes only to be inundated with sexual encounters in plain view? It is similar to the way Hollywood actors claim they are morally superior while covering for sleazebags like Harvey Weinstein.

DNA info reports, “Million-Dollar Condos Offer Sweeping Views of Public Sex in Harlem Park.

Marie Gelot didn’t realize what an eyeful she’d get when she bought her million-dollar apartment overlooking Marcus Garvey Park.

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Beside the sweeping views of the Birch, Maple and Sweetgum trees that fill the park, she can often see men and women having sex there in broad daylight.

“I saw a lot of b—jobs, guys having sex, guys masturbating, I really saw the whole gamut,” Gelot, who lived in the complex for five years, said. She moved out in August.

The building has such direct views of the illicit activity that the NYPD often uses it as headquarters for sting operations.

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But the issue pre-dates the Fifth Avenue building’s opening in 2009.

Construction workers noticed it when the building was being constructed, doorman David Lamboy said.

At first, he thought the construction crew was exaggerating. But when a resident asked him to water the plants while she was on vacation, Lamboy saw it with his own eyes.

“I’m a lifelong New Yorker. I’ve seen many things, but what I saw that day shocked me,” the doorman recounted. “Not to be too graphic, but it was one gal and three guys.”

Residents who paid $1 million for condos are often shocked when they notice what’s going on in the public green space, Lamboy added. Their calls often prompt a police response and more sting operations, but as soon as the police leave, the hanky panky continues.

This is a perpetual problem. Here’s a report from at least five years ago:

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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