Click here to read the full article.
An encampment of homeless people have taken root on the Upper West Side of New York City on Columbus Ave between West 75th and 76th Streets, outside a building’s construction zone which, when finished, will house a Mermaid Inn seafood restaurant.
According to the New York Post, 44-year-old New Yorker Sean Flynn said, “What does it need to come to — a violent crime — before they take (them) off the streets?”
The band of homeless, usually consisting of six individuals, have a leader in a Missouri transplant named Ethan “Freckles” Schneider, 31, who said, “If you live in a building, especially in a city like New York, you’ve got to make a lot of compromises in your lifestyle to accommodate all the other fellow residents. I don’t exactly like doing that.”
Schneider added that he lives by a “zero waste” lifestyle that minimizes his “use of the US dollar.” He stores his bicycle in the encampment and it’s adorned with signs that read “Raw Vegan Food Please” and “#Zero Exhaust.”
The group of homeless has recently added a heroin addict, according to local residents, who has taken to throwing objects and shouting obscenities at those walking in the area.
Continue reading here.
Scroll down for comments and share your thoughts!
GIPHY App Key not set. Please check settings