In a state-of-the-art facility meant to house 500 migrants looking for shelter in an overloaded NYC, only five individuals moved to the controversial Tent City as of Thursday.
According to reports, only three men were dropped off Wednesday morning at the sprawling complex on Randall’s Island and were given COVID-19 tests in a section of one tent that’s being used to process new arrivals. Those three additions pushed the total number that to just five.
On the other hand, on Wednesday, the total number of migrants officially surged to a whopping 21,000, and the number could soon reach 75,000.
NYC Maror Eric Adams had ordered the three giant, white tents last month, and the complex was initially placed at the Orchard Beach parking lot in The Bronx but was relocated before construction was complete due to heavy rains that flooded the site.
City Emergency Management Commissioner Zach Iscol revealed an estimate for project, saying, “It cost about $325,000 to demobilize from Orchard Beach and another $325,000 to set up this facility. The rest of the costs we’re still analyzing — we don’t know how many people we will be caring for and a lot of the costs are variable, so many of those ongoing costs we’re now figuring out.”
The tent city has come under fire from some homeless New Yorkers for its plush amenities, which include a lounge with couches, flat-screen TVs, Xbox video game consoles, ping pong and foosball tables, and popcorn machines, all of which still have no takers.