Military workers in Manhattan displaced by Victoria’s Secret fashion show
Members of the National Guard, along with Army and Air Force personnel, on Monday began surrendering their beds at Manhattan’s Lexington Armory to Victoria’s Secret models preparing for a runway show on Wednesday, according to the New York Post.
The 300 military workers had been sleeping at the armory while assisting Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. The personnel reportedly will be moved to substantially less spacious quarters, in places like the Jacob Javits Center, Harlem Armory or a nearby hotel.
“It’s going to be tight. It’s not ideal,” one Air National Guardsman told the Post.
On Sunday night, Victoria’s Secret workers replaced the military workers’ bunks with dressing rooms and other equipment, forcing approximately 150 military workers to sleep in a some places designed to fit only a third of that amount.
The military workers will return to the armory on Thursday, as soon as the models are done strutting their stuff down the catwalk.
Only one week ago, Victoria’s Secret fashion show producers turned on the armory’s power for the soldiers after Hurricane Sandy hit.
The producers had already delivered eight 500-kilowatt generators for the show before the storm’s arrival.
“We were dead in the water until Victoria’s Secret showed up,” Capt. Brendan Gendron, the Regiment’s operations officer, told Wired.