Bethenny Frankel aired her concerns about safety in New York City after a gunman shot 10 commuters on a Brooklyn subway Tuesday morning.
The “Real Housewives of New York City” alum, 51, began her “unfortunate truth” rant on Instagram by bringing up how Jerry Seinfeld famously disagreed with an essay titled “NYC is dead forever” in August 2020.
“This subway situation is terrifying, and New York is not what it used to be,” Frankel said in her video Tuesday evening. “New York City is not safe.”
Frankel, who has an 11-year-old, Bryn, admitted she cannot help but be the “dorky parent who doesn’t want my daughter walking around the city.”
“It’s scary, and I have no choice if we’re dealing with Manhattan than to be a helicopter parent, and I choose to not be in New York City, to be honest. I think it’s scary, and we have to talk about it,” she continued.
Frankel, who sold her Soho loft for $7 million in March, is moving to Connecticut to be closer to her fiancé, Paul Bernon, who lives in Boston. She also had a home in the Hamptons.
“People want to have pride of New York and make the city come back, and it is our New York, and I am a New Yorker, but I’m sorry, safety is more important than pride of New York, so this is a scary scary time,” she ended the video.
The Skinnygirl founder’s fans were divided in the comments section of her post.
“You are 5000000% correct and you’ll take SO much heat for this but I totally respect you for it. Someone like you needed to say it. NYC is no longer anyone’s playground. And I find that very sad,” one fan commented.
“Do you even live here anymore? Not everyone has the financial freedom or option to just up and move to the suburbs. But thanks for chiming in,” another argued.
“The same is going on in small and big towns all over this country. It’s not just nyc,” a third user pointed out.
Frankel helped launch “RHONY” in 2008, starring in Seasons 1 to 3. She then rejoined for Season 7 but left again after 11.
The suspect in Tuesday’s N-train shooting, Frank James, 62, is still at large.