This is the Umbrella Hotel, where the first homicide of departing mayor and lying lowlife Bill de Blasio last year in office took place, after a fight broke out from a hotel room where another raucous party was being held and spilled outside in front of the building’s entrance and three men got shot during a rumble between two groups of men, one of them fatally.
The 19-year-old killer was actually already in custody for another homicide in Queens when he shot a man to death at a karaoke bar in Flushing over a fight about a gold chain the victim was wearing.
The Umbrella Hotel is actually a mixed use building featuring once touted luxury residences on the higher floors. But the hotel itself had persistent trouble filling vacancies, so the management decided to let a homeless service provider fill the rooms with homeless people, which the city would pay around $2,000 to $3,000 a month to shelter them.
Curiosity beckons to ask why was a NYPD patrol van standing guard idling on the common area of egress for the remaining residents of this "luxury" building? Was there a fugitive they trapped in there? Couldn't be because the freight entrance was opened. Closer inspection found that this excessive exhibition of authority probably didn't warrant this much excess.
Or did it?...