Complaints: Penn Station Overrun By Panhandlers

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Owners of businesses near New York City transit hub Pennsylvania Station are complaining to authorities about panhandlers.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola speaks with commuters who’ve been “hassled” by panhandlers 

The owners say the sidewalks near the midtown Manhattan station are overrun by panhandlers — some of them homeless.

Passengers at Penn Station told Kosola that the number of homeless people and panhandlers here seems to be increasing.

“He went up to us and kinda chased us, it was weird,” said Lauren from Middletown, New Jersey.

“We were just getting our tickets and three people came up and asked for money and they were like, scary,” said Christi, a student at Hofstra.

Paddy O’Reilly runs the Molly Wee pub at 30th Street and Eighth Avenue. The New York Post reports that he and other business owners asked for help at a police community council meeting Thursday.

The Post says the NYPD has increased its presence in the area.

Penn Station homeless man

A homeless man is seen here at Penn Station. (Credit: Ginny Kosola/WCBS 880)

Penn Station serves passengers riding Amtrak, the Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit trains.

Eliza, a tourist from Portland, said it’s tragic.

“I don’t know, I don’t know what needs to be done, but it’s very sad,” she said.

The neighborhood includes a church-based soup kitchen, and the city’s main post office serves as an address for the homeless to receive letters and assistance checks.

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  1. Tim Giangiobbe says:

    I LIKE the Youth who said LIKE THEY WERE LIKE SCARY.
    WELL LIKE THEY WERE LIKE HUNGRY and LIKE DESPERATE and LIKE not as LIKE fortunate as you..Next time your LIKE in San Francisco take a look a a panhandling slave on Drumm street.PEACE

  2. jerseyjoey says:

    Sounds Like 1932 and we know what happened in 1933 march 17th at potsdam church. However, if you make being poor easy then people will stay poor and if they gross more than you do on top of that then now you know why they dont really want to work a REAL job, because they are allready working You, Ha. Business owners have every rite to complain these people are making tax free money on there businesses stoops and get free everything that the business owners cant get or have to pay for, Bottom line is, Never heard of a poor person hire workers or pay taxes so i side with the business owners not you blood sucking liberals who think this is societies fault, Bahaa booho whawha whine

  3. Trishe says:

    That’s because businesses are not hiring..the older the person the longer they stay out of work. If a person is not working, they can’t pay the rent and “the rent is too dam high.”

  4. haccker says:

    funny….Mexicans that don’t speak English find jobs and homes, the natives of this ilk simply DON’T WANT TO WORK! Welfare culture has bred them and destroyed their culture!!!

    1. lazy slobs says:

      agreed. i have said it a 1000 times. i would rather live with a million hard working illegal mexicans than one american black

      1. PIKE BISHOP JR. says:

        WELL THERE AINT NO MORE 1 MILLION HARD WORKING MEXICANS..THEY WENT BACK HOME….BUT THEY WERE ALLOWED HERE SO THE BLACKS WOULD HAVE SOMETHING TO LAUGH ABOUT..HAPPY EASTER BUNNIES CUP CAKES..

  5. HooDatIS? says:

    sounds like racist BS too me, give them jobs quit being idiots, its 2011
    help a brother out!
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  6. TomNJ says:

    “some of them homeless”? say it isn’t so? lol – I personally like my beggers to have a place to sleep at night.

  7. Nick L NYC says:

    blame bloomberg and his elitist friends for pricing everrbody out lof their apartments. 1000 dollars for studios in the outer boros?? are you kidding me. this is their plan, to get rid of all the middle and lower class so they can rule the world.

    Uh, the demand is there and $1,000 for a studio anywhere in the NYC area is cheap. Try $1500 for a studio in Queens and $2,000 for a one bedroom

  8. kendra says:

    WE WOULD NOT HAVE THESE PROBLEMS IF MAYOR BLOOMBERG WOULD STOP WORRYING ABOUT SILLY THINGS AND HELPING THE RICH LINE THERE POKETS WE REALLY HAVE ANY OF THESE PROBLEMS….

  9. gg says:

    NYC is becoming a big DUMP, matter of fact the entire USA is! 3 million on foodstamps in NYC alone…google it

    1. HUGO says:

      Obama’s plans to turn the USA into a third world country is coming to fruition.

  10. Raheem S says:

    Yeah your ancestors would love that Huh????????????

  11. William H. Dewyea Sr. says:

    Excuse me: Call your president. He will share our wealth with them. After all isn’t what the president is always saying? Share the wealth as long as it doesn’t touch his or his thugs pockets.

    1. Raheem S says:

      No he’s probably saying the 400 years of free labor you’ve gotten and a free ride to college you should be happy to give back.

  12. Jose Or Joseph Pascual says:

    Is there a way of having them sweep sidewalks or clean windows or something to keep them busy and get them paid?

  13. Stev says:

    Penn Station has this problem? Has anyone taken the number 4, 5, or 6 train in the past three years? There’s one bum per car, every car, at every stop. It’s unbelievable.

  14. RS says:

    Guiliani cleaned that when he was Mayor. Bloomber couldn’t care less because Mike the Billionaire doesn’t have them in his neighborhood outside his penthouse apartment.

  15. M.M.Murphy says:

    Sixth avenue and parts of Park Avenue south as well
    as lower 5th avenue in NYC have white panhandlers known
    as “Irish Travelers” but they get little complaint except when
    one or 2 have a dog with them.
    They are known as white gypsies.
    I guess it’s all in how you look.

    1. Raheem S says:

      Thanks M. M. some people live in their little bubble we have people who work for a living who are struggling in this economy not everyone works on wall street. We as americans should have some concern for others. If we didn’t have people in Washington fighting for big corporations maybe they would really be concerned about the real world the middle class is disappearing we will only have slave wages.

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