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$22 glasses of champagne, $20 'hand-stretched' pizzas and views of the NYC skyline:


New York City will rent 5,000 hotel rooms to accommodate migrants arriving on buses from Texas in addition to the 1,000 already announced by Mayor Eric Adams

Among the hotels giving over space to the City is The Row in Manhattan's tourist-hotspot of Times Square  

Staff at the hotel, where rooms cost up to $700 per night, have been told migrants will have to use a separate entrance from tourists paying top dollar for the NYC experience

Sources say up to four floors of the 28-story building will be handed over to the City's Department of Homeless Services to set up as a hub in the coming weeks and although 'nothing in set in stone,' the staff 'are all talking about it'

The hotel boasts a communal workspace equipped with top-of-the-range Macs, a fitness suite and a lounge bar where pizzas cost $20 and cocktails are up to $19 apiece

More than 4,000 migrants, many of whom are seeking asylum, have already arrived in the five boroughs in recent weeks, putting strain on the already overburdened shelter system

The city has not revealed the cost to the taxpayer, but a similar scheme to house the homeless during the pandemic cost $300 million 

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