Woman camping on West Side Highway says protection system is ‘full’

She’s not a happy camper.

A middle-aged Eastern European woman who said she could not get a place in the city’s overcrowded and terrible housing system pitched a tent on the median of the West Side Highway near 12th Avenue and West 41st Street.

“Shelter is not good for me and full,” she told the Post.

The outdoor woman then yelled at the reporter in broken English and threatened to call the police.

“I’m getting the Supreme Court!” she threatened.

Twitter is already having a big day with Autobahn camp.

“You can’t beat the view of the Hudson River” read a tweet. “Still outperforms Staten Island” read another.

Others see this as a seriously bad omen.

“You tolerate one and get hundreds. This needs to be taken down immediately,” one person commented.

Residents say tents and vagrants along the freeway started early in the pandemic and have increased sharply this past summer — and the city is doing nothing about it.

A woman speaks on the phone after being asked by a reporter if she lives in a tent on the median of Westside Highway at 41st Street in midtown Manhattan on Wednesday, September 14.
The camper said the shelter was “not good” for her and “full”.
Stefan Jeremiah for the New York Post

“I call it Whac-A-Mole because you see these tents come up, they get cleared, and then right back come right back,” said Jason Anderson, who posted one Snapshot of the newest highway resident on Twitter. “It highlights a lack of enforcement legislation and the resulting urban disorder. It is one of many roadblocks preventing the city from returning to normal and feeling like 2019 again.”

Katie Hamill said Hell’s Kitchen has become such an epicenter of drugs, vagrancy and mental illness that “this woman is probably there because she feels safer between six lanes of traffic than on the street where she’s being attacked by mentally ill men with no shelter can .”

The urban camper has many neighbors at the pier and in nearby Riverside Park South.

A woman stands next to her tent which was pitched on the median of Westside Highway at 41st Street in Midtown, Manhattan on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 in New York.
Residents say tents have been popping up throughout the summer, but the city hasn’t intervened.
Stefan Jeremiah for the New York Post

On Friday, The Post saw a homeless man returning to his makeshift shelter made of painter’s tarps held together with packing tape. Another man leaned back in a leatherette desk chair. A third stood on the riverbank, hunched over his shopping cart for nearly an hour.

The city’s homeless services agency identified about 3,400 vulnerable people on Jan. 27, but advocacy groups like the Coalition for the Homeless believe that’s a significant undernumber. Woman camping on West Side Highway says protection system is ‘full’


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