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‘Let us in’: Fed-up residents pack NYPD meeting to address Washington Square Park chaos
Letters to the Editor — June 16, 2021
Greenwich Village remains a left-liberal stronghold, but residents are furious at what’s become of Washington Square Park. Hundreds packed the basement of Our Lady of Pompeii Church this week to complain of the utter lawlessness.
The NYPD’s 6th Precinct called the emergency meeting after mounting local complaints that the partying, loud music, drugs, sexual exploits and violence were out of control.
“The park has become a drug den, it’s not about the music,” one woman fumed. “The criminality has extended to our quaint street. From lewd acts to nudity to drugs, crack being smoked on our street, our children have witnessed people shooting up.”
The rage is justified, especially on the heels of a weekend that saw anti-cop graffiti scrawled on the park’s iconic arch, one man beaten and robbed of his cellphone, two others knifed in a brawl and an elderly cook thrown into a window at a neighborhood diner.
No wonder Village residents don’t buy Mayor Bill de Blasio’s claims that this madness will somehow end “naturally.”
Don’t forget to vote, people: New York needs a mayor who’s serious about putting the lid back on crime.
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