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By: Jared Evan

A once-trendy Manhattan hotel housing migrants has continued to descend into a “free for all” of lawlessness and violence — where children are regularly spotted intoxicated, migrants and a former employee said in an exclusive report from The New York Post.

One migrant father currently staying at the luxury Row NYC in Midtown described the 1,300-room hotel on Eighth Avenue, which was converted last year to help house the influx of migrants, as a “madhouse” after dark.

“Come around 9 or 10 p.m., it’s crazy,” the father told The New York Post.

“People [are] drinking aguardiente and smoking weed outside all night since we can’t bring that in,” the exasperated parent continued. “The police have come and pushed them out some nights so now they gather at the corners.”

Nearby stores and restaurants also complained about the pandemonium occurring across the street, which in recent months has hampered their tourist-reliant businesses.

“It doesn’t look good,” said Gustavo Rosario, manager of Iron Bar, about the hedonism on display across the street. “Now we open the window and if they are smoking marijuana, all the smoke [starts] coming inside. People get uncomfortable.”

“I’ve seen 12-, 13-year-olds drinking and smoking outside — a lot of the Venezuelan kids with the men,” he said.

“These kids… they don’t have structure or good role models,” the father added. “My kids are not allowed to follow that and hang out there. They know better.”

A woman who works in the neighborhood reported, under the condition of anonymity that her cell phone was stolen a few weeks prior by someone outside the hotel. The woman said that a few guys grabbed her arms and another woman then grabbed her cell phone and they all ran away. She reported the incident to police and admits she sees an increased police presence on the block outside the hotel, but complains that there are still crowds of people “just hanging around doing nothing”.

Carlos Arellano, who said he previously worked at the Row NYC as a site administrator for seven months, shared his concerns for the children’s well-being.

In interviews with The New York Post and Fox News, Arellano claimed he and his colleagues regularly found children by themselves — and often intoxicated.

“Every shift…we all had multiple reports of kids getting drunk, doing drugs, everything,” Arellano said, calling the hotel “a free for all.”

In his Friday appearance on Fox News, Arellano said employees were often concerned about their safety on the job.

“They’re saying this place deserves to be shut down, that they fear for their life every day as well as I did,” Arellano said.

If a guest’s behavior was egregious enough to get them kicked out of the Row, Arellano said the city would merely process them at Port Authority — and send them to another shelter.

The frustration lies with the fact that the people causing problems just end up bouncing between shelters placements and bringing their troubles with them.

“Say a husband decides to beat his wife up. He will get kicked out and they will just process him into a single men’s hotel,” Arellano said.

“If you break the law, it’s not a ‘Well we’re going to report you to the proper authorities.’ It’s ‘Let’s give you a second or third hotel room and you still stay in the city.’”

Arellano  declined to share with The New York Post why he was no longer working at the hotel.

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