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Junior’s Restaurant owner is cheesed off about quality of life in New York: ‘We want our city back’

Alan Rosen Junior's Restaurant owner slams conditions in NYC

And Alan Rosen, the proprietor of Junior’s Restaurant, would know.

He’s on the ground every day at his three shops in downtown Brooklyn or Times Square.

Residents are getting creamed, he said.

“This is not a cheesecake. The product of New York City needs to be polished. It needs smoothing over. It needs a little shine,” Rosen, 55, said.

“You need to change the narrative. You need to change reality. We need the city to deliver a better product.”

He’s also got beef with New York pols’ seemingly permissive attitudes toward crime.

“When did it become OK to shoplift a pharmacy? In what society is that OK? People shouldn’t be able to shoplift at CVS,” Rosen told The Post in an exclusive interview.

“Enough! There are no consequences. That’s part of the problem.”

He said he’s concerned about the safety of his workers when they leave the job at night, and noted his daughter was assaulted at random in Bushwick last summer.

Rosen said his restaurants — often visited by heavyweight pols including former President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer — close before midnight during the week, while they were previously open into the wee morning hours before the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We feel uneasy. We feel unsafe. We want our city back,” he said.

The third-generation Junior’s owner decided to speak with The Post after seeing last week’s front page story about the Citizens Budget Commission residents’ survey showing that New Yorkers feel things are worse today in virtually every measure than six years ago.

He also cited the assault on police officers by migrants in Times Square last month — near his two shops — as well as the recent A train subway shooting as other “trigger points” that encouraged him to speak out.

The third-generation Junior’s owner decided to speak with The Post after seeing last week’s front page story about the Citizens Budget Commission residents’ survey showing that New Yorkers feel things are worse today in virtually every measure than six years ago.

“Give judges the discretion to put people back in jail,” he said. “We’re letting a few bad apples spoil the bunch.”

“Our police have been handcuffed. Hire more police! We need to refund the police, not defund the police,” he said.

“You want to charge people to drive to the theater? That’s ridiculous,” he said.

“It’s expensive enough to come into New York. We should want more traffic in the city — people traffic.”

Junior’s renowned cheesecake and other goods are now made in a bakery in Burlington, NJ — which means his trucks will be subject to the congestion toll.

“It can’t be a free-for-all. I don’t know what else you would call it,” he said.

“Look how much we’re spending to house migrants in hotels who have no jobs instead of hosting visitors. It’s not helping anybody. We need to take care of the people who have been here first. People who have been here longer don’t feel they have been recognized.”

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