Sources say 41 people have been arrested at New York’s Roosevelt Hotel for migrants since May — most on charges of domestic violence

At least 41 people have been arrested at the Roosevelt Hotel since the city converted the former swanky Prohibition-era hotel into a refugee home in May, The Post has learned.

Most of the alleged crimes stem from incidents of domestic violence, law enforcement officials said on Sunday.

The worrying number emerged a day after a 30-year-old migrant was arrested at a Manhattan hotel-turned-shelter for alleged child endangerment.

He was arrested at the 45 E. 45th St. Hotel just before 9 p.m. Saturday.

According to police, his alleged victim was his 11-year-old daughter.

According to sources, the Manhattan Attorney’s Office later declined to prosecute.

The prosecutor’s office did not immediately respond to a Post request for comment Sunday.

Other arrests at the scene included an asylum seeker accused of hitting a worker on the head with a “no parking” sign in June after the worker threw him out of the building for being unruly.

Crowds of migrants flock to New York seeking asylum.
The Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan was so overcrowded with migrants last summer that dozens of asylum seekers were forced to sleep outside on cardboard boxes on the sidewalk.

The worker ended up suffering a six-inch laceration to the head – and Mayor Eric Adams paid an unannounced visit to the hotel within days to assess the situation for himself.

Some other migrant shelters also had problems.

A 20-year-old migrant woman was arrested Thursday for allegedly slapping an NYPD officer who was trying to confiscate her unregistered motorcycle outside the Stratford Arms Hotel on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.

The woman, who was also arrested in July for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend, was released the next day without bail, in accordance with state law.

Crowds of migrants flock to New York seeking asylum.
According to sources, many of the calls from the hotel concerned domestic violence.
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The Roosevelt had come under scrutiny over the summer when a sobering video surfaced showing dozens of migrants sleeping outside on cardboard boxes on the sidewalk as the city was swamped by an overwhelming number of asylum seekers.

Some local businesses have complained about the situation.

“These migrants here bother us a lot,” George Boahene, store manager at down-the-block men’s suit store Sayki, told the Post on Sunday.

Asylum seekers sleep on the streets.
The Roosevelt recently filled up, leaving unsettling sights like migrants sleeping on the street.
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Migrants walk in New York.
Tens of thousands of migrants have come to New York City since the spring of 2022.
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Asylum seekers sleep on the streets.
The hotel, which has been converted into temporary housing, has struggled to accommodate the migrants’ burdens.
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“They’re constantly hanging around, scratching the windows and making the windows dirty. … It’s not good for business.”

However, he said he was unaware of the crimes allegedly committed at the hotel.

A hotel security officer said, “Many of these people are immigrants and work for Uber Eats.”

“They practically just stay here and take care of their children.

“The only thing that’s really bad here is parking,” the worker said. “You know, lots of tickets.”


JACLYN DIAZ is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. JACLYN DIAZ joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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