Former Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel has an ax to grind with New York City.
On April 12, following the subway attack in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, Frankel posted a video on TikTok and Instagram Pages in which she claimed that New York City was no longer safe. Taking to Instagram, the star wrote, “The unfortunate truth… about NYC.”
“This subway situation is scary and New York isn’t what it used to be, so I don’t care how many Instagram pics of beautiful flowers and vines are hanging on the outside of a restaurant or how many pics of Penne a la vodka people want to take away and how great the nightlife and fashion week is,” Frankel said in the video. “New York City isn’t safe, okay?”
Frankel went on to explain that she doesn’t allow her 11-year-old daughter, Bryn, to walk around Manhattan on her own.
“I have no choice when we’re dealing with Manhattan other than being a helicopter parent,” Frankel said. “I’ve decided not to be in New York City to be honest I find it scary and we need to talk about it. People want to be proud of New York and make the city come back… but I’m sorry, safety is more important than pride in New York. This is a scary, scary time.”
Corresponding The Associated PressOn the morning of April 12, suspect Frank R. James “detonated two smoke grenades and fired at least 33 rounds with a 9mm handgun” in a subway car. James is accused of shooting 10 people.
Frankel was a cast member on “The Real Housewives of New York” in seasons 1-3 and then returned for seasons 7-11.
Other “Real Housewives of New York” stars have complained about Manhattan in recent years
Frankel isn’t the only “Real Housewives of New York” star who has complained about the state of Manhattan in recent years. In August 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Ramona Singer took to her Instagram Stories to slam the city’s then-Mayor Bill de Blasio and tell her followers that she was “disgusted.”
“To say I’m embarrassed and disgusted to be in the city right now, the city I love, New York City, is an understatement,” Singer said said during the video, which was then captured by Heavy. “Within a block, a two-block radius, I saw three men with their pants down to their knees. Okay, this isn’t the New York I grew up in, it’s not the New York I knew. What has the mayor done to our city? What is he doing to help? This shouldn’t be. That is not right.”
Frankel claims she had “multiple incidents” in NYC
During a March 2022 appearance on FOX 5 NY’s “Hello New YorkFrankel claimed that she had “multiple incidents” with her daughter in New York City.
“Listen, I keep wondering, back in the ’70s I know it was like that, but no, I don’t feel entirely sure,” Frankel told the outlet at the time. “I won’t lie. I go for a walk with my daughter. We had several incidents. She winces now. She won’t walk down the street without digging into my hand. It’s not what it used to be. Instagram makes it seem like it ranks in front of restaurants and truffle cheese and everything is fine, but that’s social life and nightlife. That’s not everyday life.”
During the interview, Frankel also revealed that she had moved to Connecticut from the city.
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