A three-block area on the Upper West Side has become quite a battleground. Two homeless shelters recently opened on 95th Street with little warning despite angry protests, there have been two fatal stabbings (on 95th and 93rd) blocks apart in the past few weeks, and now this: a man was shot outside 310 West 95th Street on Friday morning right in front of a building next to one of the shelters.
On Friday shortly before 1 a.m., a man was shot in the shoulder in front of 310 West 95th Street, just next to the new emergency shelter installed about a week before at 316 West 95th. The man was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital and was “not likely to die,” NYPD said. Police haven’t arrested anyone in connection with the shooting, an NYPD spokesperson told us, and there weren’t any other details immediately available about the crime.
As one neighbor told us: “Until a couple of weeks ago, I felt pretty safe in this building (I live in 310), but I’m feeling a lot less safe these days! Two stabbings, one shooting, a new securityless homeless shelter…what can possibly be next?”
We wrote earlier this year about a spike in crime in the 24th precinct. That trend appears to be continuing: through August 5, felony crimes were up 25.4% over the same time last year. See the chart below (click to enlarge) for more details. Felony crime is also up 16.5% in the 20th precinct, which covers the lower half of the Upper West Side.
For a first-hand account by one of our columnists about getting punched on 103rd Street, click here.