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Old 04-29-2012, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Newark, NJ/BK
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Has anyone noticed the increasing number of homeless people on the streets, subways, etc.? How about the return of squeegee men? Notice more of them lately?
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Has anyone noticed the increasing number of homeless people on the streets, subways, etc.? How about the return of squeegee men? Notice more of them lately?
I definitely have.
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Old 04-29-2012, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Glendale NY
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I have, especially around heavy commercial areas. I even had a homeless guy harass me for money the other day on Fresh Pond while waiting for the bus.
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Manhattan
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It seems like I can't take even a relatively short walk without someone asking me for money. I feel bad for some of them, but it gets really annoying after the 3rd time in 10 blocks. It's strange that some homeless assume that I'm rich because I'm walking through Manhattan without a shopping cart in front of me.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn,NY
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Has anyone noticed the increasing number of homeless people on the streets, subways, etc.? How about the return of squeegee men? Notice more of them lately?
Yes, Have noticed more. Not all are disheveled and obvious. I get many people who walk up to me asking for cash who look like anyone else. Cash and cigarettes. Some are aggressive and actually block your path. Hate that. I no longer use the Metrocard vending machines cause people come right up to you cause they know you have money obviously.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:04 AM
 
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you're free to be a bum i guess.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Ridgewood, NY
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I have, especially around heavy commercial areas. I even had a homeless guy harass me for money the other day on Fresh Pond while waiting for the bus.
Yea man I've definitely seen way more homeless people in Ridgewood recently, especially around the Fresh Pond and Forest ave stations... One guy sits on the stairs of the Forest station asking for money... He's pretty much harmless but I've seen him agitated when a bunch of people pass by without giving him anything... He usually sits down with his head down and his cup up in his hand but when he sees no results he gets up and hounds people for money... It's really annoying...

On Fresh Pond I see a few of them but not as many as by Forest. It's like they congregate under the train station screaming and getting drunk... i'm sure that does wonders for their situation...

@ Barkomatic, similar situation happened to me on Jamaica ave not too long ago... Some of these guys are so high off fumes they don't even realize they've come at you already... This one guy approaches me and tells me how he's in a tough spot, he just got out of Rikers and nobody'll hire him and if I could spare anything... Didn't really buy his story but I felt bad nonetheless and gave him something... About 30 minutes later I'm coming out of Farmers Market on the ave. and same guy approaches with the same routine... lol...
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:30 AM
 
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lls..
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Old 04-30-2012, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Manhattan
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With no car anymore there is no squeegee man, but the street and subway beggars are becoming more and more prevalent and it seems on an upward linear growth since 2000.

It will get worse and worse.
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Old 04-30-2012, 04:08 PM
 
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I would say that in general there is an increase in the visible homeless population, and depending where you live or work you will feel it more than others. I pass through Penn Station daily, and that always has had lots of homeless regardless of the economic climate.

There are seemingly more people begging on the trains, but this may be anecdotal.
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