The Roosevelt Hotel is that way, Mr. President.
President Biden applauded Bronx Mayor Eric Adams and the rest of the Big Apple while he was in town for the United Nations General Assembly this week — failing to arrange a meeting with Hizzoner as the crisis debilitating migrant population continues to cripple Gotham.
The country’s commander-in-chief has instead spent much of his time attending multiple campaign receptions or holed up at the United Nations headquarters in Midtown Manhattan — just four blocks from the overrun migrant reception site by the city, during the emblematic era of Roosevelt.
Adams — making clear Tuesday that “everybody knows where I am” — sniffed to reporters about Biden’s visit: “I hope he understands that this beautiful city that is the economic engine of the entire country is struggling with $2 billion we spent. Already, we’re going to spend $5 billion in this financial crisis, $12 billion over the next two budget cycles.
“New York doesn’t deserve this, asylum seekers don’t deserve this,” Adams said.
“And so while he’s here, I think they should really think about the fact that New York City has done its part,” the mayor said.
Biden’s snub is a further sign of a growing rift between him and Adams – who once called himself the “Biden of Brooklyn” and the president’s favorite mayor – as the escalating humanitarian crisis hits the city and the country.
“It’s a terrible look,” a city hall source admitted to the Post on Tuesday.
The president has been on the ground in Gotham for three days, Monday through Wednesday.
Another member of the town hall joked bitterly that Biden’s visit meant he was the federal “liaison” the White House had long promised to send to the Big Apple to help fight against the flood of 125,000 asylum seekers since April 2022.
Gotham has yet to find its long-awaited special federal lead.
“The city is billions of dollars in debt, but at least we have a ‘liaison’ to the White House,” the insider said sarcastically.
The mayor, for his part, spent Monday and Tuesday meeting with a relatively bizarre array of other dignitaries and leaders — from the president of the West African nation of Sierra Leone to the mayors of Kansas and Montreal.
“The day is completely packed,” a City Hall insider said of Adams’ Tuesday schedule, noting it as if Biden’s presence in the Big Apple didn’t matter to Hizzoner.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul confirmed she would see Biden at a reception hosted by U.N. leaders at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Tuesday evening – although she shied away from addressing the crucial issue of migrants.
“We’ll see what the topic will be,” Hochul said coyly when asked at an unrelated news conference if she planned to raise the asylum seeker saga with the commander in chief.
Despite attending the same Met event last year, Adams declined this year’s invitation, according to a source at City Hall. Instead, he chose to attend the Atlantic Council’s World Citizens’ Dinner and the 70th anniversary of the Africa-America Institute.th Birthday gala, depending on your schedule.
As for Wednesday, the president’s initial schedule only called for him to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva before returning to the White House.
It was not immediately clear whether the Adams administration had formally requested a meeting with Biden at any point during the president’s trip.
A political source said City Hall “could request a meeting, but that would likely be accompanied by a combative news cycle” that Adams would like to avoid.
Adams has recently stepped up his attacks on the government while demanding that the federal government provide more funding, expedite work visas and help open additional shelter sites to deal with the relentless influx of migrants.
He acknowledged last week that he hadn’t spoken to Biden since earlier this year.
More than 113,000 migrants have flocked to the city since spring 2022, with nearly 60,000 currently staying in an already overburdened shelter system.