Umbrella Hotel welcomes New Year with another shooting
by Jacob Henry
Jan 01, 2021 | 3741 views | 0 0 comments | 102 102 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The mayor announced on Monday morning during his press briefing that the city would move to shut down the Umbrella Hotel, but did not give details on the process or timeline.

There was yet another shooing at the Umbrella Hotel in Kew Gardens in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day.

Cars in front of the hotel were splattered with blood and bullet holes as the street was blocked off at both ends.

Two 20-year old men were shot and one was killed. Another 40-year old man was shot and is in critical condition, according to police.

The man who was killed was identified as Robert Williams, who lived on 255th Street in Rosedale.

There were multiple people entering and exiting the hotel while the crime scene investigation was ongoing, with one saying she couldn’t leave because her car had bullet holes in it.

The hotel has a history of violent incidents, including previous shootings and a sex-trafficking ring bust. Borough President Donovan Richards said it was “a troubling way to start the New Year.”

“It is also time for the Umbrella Hotel, which has already been cited for numerous public safety violations, to be shut down,” Richards said. “This hotel is a public nuisance that has no place in Kew Gardens or anywhere in our borough or city.”

Community Board 9 chair Kenichi Wilson said more needs to be done by the city to stop the hotel from wreaking havoc on the community.

“We knew this was going to happen again,” Wilson said. “This has to be taken seriously. We really don’t feel like we are getting the support we need from the mayor’s office.”

In November, a multi-agency operation that included the 102nd Precinct and FDNY took place at the hotel. Thirteen violations were issued, but no action was taken to shut the hotel down.

“There is nothing that happened from it,” Wilson said. “We deserve more.”

One officer at the scene said it’s upsetting this keeps happening with so many families living in the area.

“It’s out of our hands,” the officer said. “The mayor has to do something.”

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