“We’ll voucher all of his property. We’d like to help him get back on his feet. We are here to do anything we can to help a man down on his luck get back on his feet. It’s a sad story,” one cop said.
"He unlocks the red bike lock with a key, slides a plank of wood back like a door and crawls in," the Post reports.
So we are living in a Gibson future.
One of the residents — a 40-something Chinese immigrant, who would only identify himself as “Joe” — said he used to live in encampments that he built on a grassy patch, just off the bike on-ramp to the Manhattan Bridge.
But over the past 13 years of homelessness in New York, cops have always torn down those quarters, he said.
“Five times they take down. Five times!” Joe said of what had been his more stable shanties.
Authorities kicked him out from this space that Richard says was probably 14- or 18-feet long, and about as wide as two lanes of traffic, with the steel frame of the bridge for walls and a concrete floor. The ceiling was the roadway. Where, out of wood that Richard and his friend mostly took from a construction site, they built three rooms in the dank space, a supply room and two bedrooms. There was electricity from a long extension cord that they hid with piping, and plugged into a regular electric socket in the bridge down below.
"They made a big stink out of this when actually it hit the papers. I had like a 20 inch TV, which was a pain in the butt to get in, but I did it. And I had a little heater and various other things, like a PlayStation, video games, videotapes, VHS. And I'd come back towards the evening and sit back and play the PlayStation and, you know, maybe have some beer, drink some beer and see how far I can go in a driving game before I end up crashing."
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