Posted on May 30, 2023

Former Employee Reveals Shocking Conditions in NYC Migrant Hotel

Madeline Coggins, Fox News, May 27, 2023

A former employee is blowing the whistle on conditions and activity inside a trendy Manhattan tourist hotel now housing migrants.

Carlos Arellano, the former employee, said the Row NYC Hotel is a “free for all” as drugs, sex and violence engulf the hotel, which is now one of the city’s largest housing areas for migrants.

On “Fox & Friends Weekend” Saturday, Arellano detailed a heartbreaking discovery where he claimed to have found a ten-year-old girl drunk in her hotel room with her parents nowhere to be found. He added that it, sadly, was not a one-off incident.

“Every day, we find about ten kids alone in their hotel rooms, either drinking or doing drugs. Weapons will be in the room. But we’re not allowed to go in there. We’re not allowed to take anything from them. It’s basically a free-for-all,” Arellano said.


{snip} Arellano shared that he and other workers had experienced trashed rooms, violence in the street and multiple staff incident reports during his time there.

“Just a lot of people who are very there, they don’t appreciate what they have. And they come here with the mindset of the way they live back at their home country, and they think there’s no rules or no laws to be followed here,” he said.


Despite the prevalence of dangerous activity, Arellano said they are few consequences, and if there are, often times, the migrants are simply reprocessed and sent to a different hotel or housing center.

“If they are kicked out of the hotel, they get sent to a processing center at Port Authority where they get given a second hotel,” Arellano claimed.