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On a hot night, it’s common to find people gathered in Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, playing music, skateboarding, or just having conversations. Gatherings were even more frequent during the pandemic, when people were reluctant to meet indoors.
But this weekend, a different and more chaotic scene emerged. Columns of police marched through Washington Square Park and the surrounding streets dressed in riot gear, pushing and arresting people as the park was cleaned up on Saturday night.
Officers were enforcing a new 10 p.m. weekend curfew in the park, which closes at midnight most days, to quell large gatherings, garbage and noise, among other issues, according to the parks department. .
But the video and other footage of the meeting recalled the fierce clashes between protesters and officers that took place a year ago following the murder of George Floyd when a city-wide curfew was imposed.
And while Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the officers’ actions on Monday, the confrontation in the park has once again fueled tensions over police conduct, just a week before New Yorkers began to surrender. at the polls to vote in the primary for the mayor.
Videos taken in the park before officers cleared it showed dozens of people walking through what appeared to be a relatively quiet scene. Some people, seeing the officers, started to sing “Abolish the police”.
After officers declared the park closed, people started shouting and saying they weren’t leaving, videos showed. But as the police moved in, videos showed them fighting people and making arrests, and chasing people in the street, while some people threw bottles at the officers.
Police said 23 people were arrested and eight officers injured in the altercation.
On Sunday evening, people gathered in the park braced for a similar encounter, but police appeared to avoid conflict and a dance party ensued.
People living near the park have complained for years about noise, skateboarders and drug use, but Saturday’s footage drew criticism from some on social media that wealthy New Yorkers live in Greenwich Village had an undue influence on public space and city politics.
Some mayoral candidates have criticized the actions of the officers as emblematic of an overly aggressive police force.
“Sending officers in riot gear and militarizing a public park should never be the answer,” said Andrew Yang, the former presidential candidate running for mayor. “The residents’ problems can be solved without making the situation more dangerous.
Dianne Morales, a former nonprofit executive and mayoral candidate, said Mr de Blasio “must act immediately to end this violent abuse of power and provide services to those in need in the park.”
Defending the officers on Monday, De Blasio said he believed the curfew was “the right thing to do at the moment”. He said officers wore riot gear for their protection.
A new survey of employers found that nearly two-thirds of Manhattan workers could be back in the office by the end of September. [NBC New York]
The classmates of Justin Wallace, the 10-year-old boy who was shot dead in front of his home in Queens this weekend, are planning a memorial for what would have been Justin’s 11th birthday. [N.Y. Post]
And finally: A mega-concert in Central Park
Ben Sisario and Emma G. Fitzsimmons of The Times write:
The brunch crowds are back. Rush hour traffic is back. Tourists in horse-drawn carriages are back.
But perhaps the best proof that New York has returned to all its glory is a mega-concert in the green expanse of Central Park.
In search of a great symbol of the revitalization of New York after a year of brutal pandemic, Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning a large-scale representation through several acts and called Clive Davis, the 89-year-old producer and eminence of the music industry, to pull together.
The show, tentatively scheduled for August 21, is still in the planning phase, with no confirmed artist. Mr Davis – whose five-decade career highlights have included working with Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys and Whitney Houston – said he was targeting eight ‘iconic’ stars to put on a three-part show. hours in front of 60,000 participants and a worldwide television audience.
Mr de Blasio said in an interview that the concert was part of a ‘reunion week’ to show New York City is returning from the pandemic – a celebration for residents and those in the area who may not be able to. – have not been visited for a while.
“This concert is going to be a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said de Blasio. “It’s going to be an incredible lineup. The whole week will be unlike anything you’ve seen in New York before. “
The show is said to be the latest in a long tradition of Central Park blockbusters that tend to garner global coverage and portray New York as a peaceful, cosmopolitan haven for the arts. Many New Yorkers, especially the mayor, might welcome the sight after the prevalence of pandemic-era images like a deserted Times Square and barricaded storefronts amid protests last summer at the following the murder of George Floyd.
It’s Tuesday, go big.
Metropolitan Newspaper: Riverdale’s Sunny Afternoon
On a sunny afternoon in Riverdale, I took my new bike for a little ride. Later, as I was walking up Broadway on my way back, an older woman with an umbrella waved me down.
I was late for a call, but she looked lost or maybe confused. She might need some direction, I thought.
As I stopped, she smiled. And then she handed out a hard caramel candy.
“Thank you,” I say.
– You’re welcome, she said in a language I didn’t know.
– Malcolm Wiley Floyd
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