Homeless Man Shatters Windows of Chinatown Restaurants
Late Friday evening, curbside diners were treated to a sideshow along Mott Street as an unstable homeless man went on a window smashing spree.
The spree started on the corner of Mott and Bayard, where the individual threw a rock through the window of the old New Shanghai Deluxe on Canal. He then walked up the block towards Fay Da Bakery, where he smashed another three window panes.
Passersby reported the incident to police, and the African American man was taken into custody.
Chinatown has seen a large increase in homeless since the lockdown. So much so, that the city contracted several chain hotels to house the homeless during the ongoing pandemic. Whether the individual arrested was an occupant of one is unknown, as is whether the city is offering other social or mental health services to this vulnerable population.