The Real Deal New York

UWS locals fear neighborhood is becoming a trailer park

December 15, 2013 12:00PM


An RV parked on the Upper West Side

WEEKENDEDITION The Upper West Side is facing a new scourge: trailers. Recently a few trailers have been spotted parked around the neighborhood casting fear into the hearts of well-heeled residents and local activists.

“Why is this ugly piece of junk here?” Gretchen Berger, an area activist, asked, referring to an old RV parked at Riverside Drive and 74th Street. “It just sort of creeps me out that somebody is living in a parking space, and this may give rise to other people thinking that it’s a cheap way to live on the Upper West Side, where the rents are high. Is Manhattan going to become a trailer park?”

But when confronted, the trailer’s resident, Queens-born Rabbi Steve Blumberg, had a very different take on his presence in the neighborhood:

“If you want a gated community, you should live in Creedmoor [Psychiatric Center],” he told the New York Post. “Otherwise-liberal West Siders have very serious middle-class scruples about what should or should not be in their neighborhood.”

However, leaving a mobile home on a city street for more than 24 hours is illegal, a Department of Transportation spokesperson told the Post.  [NYP]Christopher Cameron

  • David

    All the UWS Libtards getting their panties in a bunch. LOL

  • thuggishruggish

    Its the bangbus..coming to your neighborhood.

  • Steve

    This story is a surprise. Not because there are RV’s parked on the UWS, but because this has become such a Big Story — about only two (2) small cheap RV’s on the entire UWS!! Not counting the occasional third one which is mine, (though much nicer than those two). And that is one reason why I know there are only 2 others – I ride my bike all over everyday and would notice any others. All these stories mention only those two. Why is this such a story? It is not a trend. It was just two really old and junky RV’s, and parked in the same place for a long time, which I agree they should not be there like that. I guess the headlines of “UWS Invaded by RV’s” sold some news. The city is not hospitable to RV’s — with no propane filling station, no dump station, and very hard to find an electric hook-up — so those of you city residents concerned about being over-run with RV’s, fear not.