Mayor de Blasio has ordered the NYPD to step up its presence at Brooklyn’s notorious Atlantic Armory Shelter, he said Monday.
“That’s not acceptable,” de Blasio said on NY1’s “Inside City Hall” when asked about conditions at the massive Crown Heights men’s shelter — where a man standing in front of the building was stabbed to death Sunday afternoon.
The Daily News reported that neighbors complain about public urination, people having sex on the sidewalk, and homeless people camping out in the area.
“I’ve heard those complaints. I don’t accept it. I’m going to direct the NYPD to have a more vigorous presence outside,” de Blasio said. “The shelter staff have to take responsibility as well.”
Cops are still investigating whether Sunday’s murder of 21-year-old Miguel Acosta had any connection to the shelter at Bedford and Atlantic Avenues or just happened to occur outside, de Blasio said.
The NYPD is now responsible for supervising security staff at city shelters and neighborhood cops are supposed to visit outside frequently.
“If it’s not happening enough at that site, then we have to make adjustments. We have to fix that,” the mayor said.