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NYU tour egg bombarded as homeless people continually harass bands in Greenwich Village


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It’s a prank trick.

Prospective New York University students and their parents get a nasty glimpse of the Big Apple’s homelessness crisis as they tour the Greenwich Village campus.

Student-led tour groups are regularly harassed by begging vagabonds – and even assaulted. A group was pelted with eggs Monday afternoon outside the Goddard Hall dormitory on Washington Square East.

New York University (NYU) students walk near Rubin Hall in New York City.
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A guide told the Post this week that he was stalked for money and caught by a vagrant demanding money.

In a shocking display in full view of several tour groups, a homeless man lay down in the middle of West Fourth Street in what the tour guide said may have been a suicide attempt.

“Every day something happens,” said the guide. “Our duty is to sell the school, to showcase our campus and obviously being harassed is not something you want to deal with on a daily basis.”

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He said visitors to the school – where tuition, room and board will range from $78,440 to $84,169 next year – aren’t too happy.

“You can see them visibly disgusted and saying ‘I don’t want to apply here, I don’t want to apply here because I don’t feel safe,'” the guide said.

He added that no one should give up school “just because a homeless person asks for money during the tour”.

NYU tour egg bombarded as homeless people continually harass bands in Greenwich Village

A homeless encampment is seen at East 13th Street between Avenue A and First Avenue in midtown Manhattan Wednesday morning. New York City.
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Guides in their purple jackets that say “Admissions Ambassador” lead small groups around campus, stopping at the charming Washington Mews and past the library and student center. But they carefully avoid the most famous landmark associated with the college – Washington Square Park.

The park and its famous arch have been off-limits to visitors since resuming last summer after a pandemic-enforced hiatus.

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The park has been a nexus of drug dealing, out-of-control parties, unauthorized boxing matches and violence for the past year. A teenager was stabbed in the head in the park at 2.30am on March 18 after refusing to hand over his potty.

But even at the edge of the park, guides are harassed, according to student newspaper Washington Square News, which reported on the egg-throwing incident.

NYU tour egg bombarded as homeless people continually harass bands in Greenwich Village

An NYU security guard wearing a mask stands outside an NYU building in Greenwich Village.
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The newspaper also reported that last year an unhinged man spat on another guide and began following a mother who exclaimed, “This campus is a bunch of bombs waiting to go off!”

Tour guides give a talk about campus safety, including a recitation about security guards, shuttles, and emergency call boxes.

“Anyone of reasonable intelligence would be concerned about security in New York or any major city,” said a prospective student who was from Los Angeles and said he heard similar talk about security at the University. of Columbia.

NYU announced this week that it received a record 105,000 applications for next year and offered admission to 12.2% of those who applied.

An NYU spokesperson said tour guides were given walkie-talkies, de-escalation training and instructed to do tours two at a time in order to deal with “disruptive individuals”.

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Starting Monday, tour groups will once again be able to go inside campus buildings as the college eases COVID-19 restrictions, spokesperson John Beckman said.

“NYU, in conjunction with other universities, has raised safety concerns with the new city administration, and these incidents involving admissions visits will be among the issues we will raise,” Beckman said.

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