New York’s Randall’s Island migrant shelter to close; Asylum seekers move to the hotel

New York City will close the Randall’s Island tented accommodation for asylum seekers, Mayor Eric Adams said Thursday.

City officials are in the process of “demobilizing” the shelter as the number of migrants has fallen in recent weeks. The single adult male migrants will be relocated to Midtown Manhattan where 600 rooms will be available at the Watson Hotel.

“This Humanitarian Emergency and Assistance Center will provide asylum seekers with housing, access assistance and get them to their final destination,” Adams said in a statement.

“We will continue to pivot and shift as needed to address this humanitarian crisis, but it is clear that we continue to need financial support from our state and federal partners,” the statement added.

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General view of soccer fields on Randall's Island in New York City, October 11, 2022.

General view of soccer fields on Randall’s Island in New York City, October 11, 2022.
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According to Adams, the estimated number of asylum seekers in New York City is over 23,800. City officials are taking care of at least 17,500 migrants.

The emergency shelter on Randall’s Island opened in October after the original Orchard Beach shelter in the Bronx was flooded. The facility, intended to house up to 500 single adult males, featured laundries, a cafeteria, and entertainment centers with Xbox systems.

Republican mayoral candidate Curtis Sliwa has criticized the decision to admit migrants to Randall’s Island — which is also home to the Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center, a maximum-security facility for mentally unstable and often violent patients.

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Beds are seen in the dormitory during a tour of Randall's Island Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Center on October 18, 2022 in New York City.

Beds are seen in the dormitory during a tour of Randall’s Island Humanitarian Emergency Response and Relief Center on October 18, 2022 in New York City.
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“It’s like mixing ammonia and bleach together. They’re asking about a problem,” Sliwa told Fox News Digital. “There will be an uprising on the island.”

Adams’ press release also subtly criticized Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for busing migrants to the Big Apple. Abbott has claimed the effort was aimed at raising awareness of the seriousness of the southern border migrant crisis.

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams speaks at the National Press Club during a news conference on gun violence and other issues on September 13, 2022.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams speaks at the National Press Club during a news conference on gun violence and other issues on September 13, 2022.
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“The city — largely on its own — has taken swift and urgent action and has managed the arrival of a rapidly growing number of buses across New York City with virtually no coordination from the states that dispatch them,” Adams said in his statement.

Fox News’ Julia Musto and Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.

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