NYC Doom Loop: Iconic Restaurant Owner Fears City Being Destroyed by Crime

As the crime wave in New York City continues to escalate, local businesses are feeling the impact.

Alan Rosen, the third-generation owner of the iconic Junior’s Restaurant, recently shared his concerns about the city’s deteriorating public safety in an interview with The New York Post.

Rosen questioned the societal acceptance of shoplifting, stating, “When did it become OK to shoplift a pharmacy? In what society is that OK? People shouldn’t be able to shoplift at CVS.”

The restaurateur’s comments illustrate the growing frustration among residents and business owners who are grappling with a myriad of issues, including retail theft, violence against law enforcement, dangerous conditions on public transit, and a costly migrant crisis.

Some pharmacies and grocery stores have resorted to locking up items like ice cream and over-the-counter medicines to curb theft.

Rosen’s employees have expressed fears for their safety when commuting home after their shifts, a sentiment further amplified by his daughter’s random assault last summer. “We feel uneasy. We feel unsafe. We want our city back,” Rosen told the Post.

The restaurateur also criticized the cashless bail system, which he believes allows “bad apples” to continue committing crimes without consequences.

This issue is not unique to New York City, as several major cities across the United States face similar challenges with repeat offenders.

Rosen called for increased support for law enforcement, stating, “Our police have been handcuffed. Hire more police! We need to refund the police, not defund the police.”

He also expressed concerns about the rising cost of living in the city, particularly in light of the proposed “congestion toll” that could affect his trucks transporting goods from New Jersey.

While Rosen refrained from directly blaming any specific officials, he pointed to the city’s best days as those under the leadership of Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

As crime continues to plague New York City, businesses like Junior’s Restaurant may face an uncertain future.

Without decisive action to address public safety concerns, the city risks following in the footsteps of San Francisco, where businesses have been forced to close their doors due to rampant crime.

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Given the current leadership’s apparent inability to effectively tackle these issues, it is likely that the situation will worsen before any meaningful improvements are made.