A Curfew and Clashes With Police in Washington Square Park

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Weather: Partly sunny, with afternoon thunderstorms. High in the mid-80s.

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On a heat evening, it’s widespread to search out folks gathered at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village, taking part in music, skateboarding or just having conversations. The gatherings have been much more widespread in the course of the pandemic, when folks have been reluctant to satisfy indoors.

But this weekend, a special, extra chaotic scene emerged. Columns of law enforcement officials streamed via Washington Square Park and the encircling streets clad in riot gear, pushing and arresting folks because the park was cleared on Saturday evening.

The officers had been implementing a brand new 10 p.m. weekend curfew on the park, which closes at 12 a.m. on most days, in order to clamp down on giant gatherings, trash and noise, amongst different points, in keeping with the Parks Department.

But video and different pictures of the encounter had been harking back to the violent clashes between protesters and officers that came about a yr in the past in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing when a citywide curfew was imposed.

And as Mayor Bill de Blasio defended the officers’ actions on Monday, the confrontation on the park has as soon as once more stoked tensions in regards to the conduct of the police, only one week earlier than New Yorkers begin heading to the polls to elect the Democratic candidate for mayor.

The incident

Videos taken on the park earlier than the officers cleared it confirmed dozens of individuals milling round in what gave the impression to be a comparatively calm scene. Some folks, upon seeing the officers, began chanting “abolish the police.”

After officers declared the park closed, folks began yelling and saying they’d not go away, movies confirmed. But as officers moved in, movies confirmed them wrestling folks to the bottom and making arrests, and chasing after folks down the road, as some folks threw bottles at officers.

The police mentioned 23 folks had been arrested and eight officers injured in the course of the altercation.

On Sunday night, folks gathering on the park braced for the same encounter, however the police appeared to keep away from battle, and a dance social gathering broke out.

The response

People dwelling close to the park have complained for years about noise, skate boarders and drug use, however the pictures from Saturday raised criticism from some on social media that rich New Yorkers dwelling in Greenwich Village had been having undue affect over public house and metropolis coverage.

Some mayoral candidates criticized the officers’ actions as emblematic of overaggressive policing.

“Sending officers in riot gear and militarizing a public park should never be the answer,” mentioned Andrew Yang, the previous presidential candidate who’s working for mayor. “Residents’ issues can be addressed without making the situation more dangerous.”

Dianne Morales, a former nonprofit govt and mayoral candidate, mentioned Mr. de Blasio “must act immediately to stop this violent abuse of power and provide services to those in the park who are in need.”

In defending the officers on Monday, Mr. de Blasio mentioned that he believed the curfew was the “right thing to do for this moment.” He mentioned the officers wore riot gear for his or her safety.

“If, unfortunately, folks initiate violence towards our fellow New Yorkers or towards police officers, that has to be addressed,” he mentioned.

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And lastly: A mega-concert in Central Park

The Times’s Ben Sisario and Emma G. Fitzsimmons write:

Brunch crowds are again. Rush-hour visitors is again. Tourists in horse-drawn carriages are again.

But the most effective proof that New York City has returned to its full glory could also be a mega-concert in the inexperienced expanse of Central Park.

Seeking a grand image of New York’s revitalization after a brutal pandemic yr, Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning a large-scale efficiency by a number of acts and has referred to as on Clive Davis, the 89-year-old producer and music-industry eminence, to drag it collectively.

The present, tentatively set for Aug. 21, remains to be in the planning section, with no artists confirmed. Mr. Davis — whose five-decade profession highlights have included working with Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, Alicia Keys and Whitney Houston — mentioned he’s aiming for eight “iconic” stars to carry out a three-hour present for 60,000 attendees and a worldwide tv viewers.

Mr. de Blasio mentioned in an interview that the live performance was a part of a “Homecoming Week” to point out that New York City is getting back from the pandemic — a celebration for residents and these in the area who may not have visited in some time.

“This concert is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Mr. de Blasio mentioned. “It’s going to be an amazing lineup. The whole week is going to be like nothing you’ve ever seen before in New York City.”

The present can be the newest in a storied custom of Central Park superproductions that have a tendency to draw worldwide protection and to color New York as a peaceable, cosmopolitan haven for the humanities. Many New Yorkers, particularly the mayor, could welcome that view after the prevalence of pandemic-era pictures like a abandoned Times Square and boarded-up storefronts amid final summer time’s George Floyd protests.

It’s Tuesday — go huge.

Metropolitan Diary: Sunny Riverdale afternoon

Dear Diary:

On a sunny Riverdale afternoon, I took my new bicycle for a fast journey. Later, as I used to be driving up Broadway on my manner residence, an older lady with an umbrella flagged me down.

I used to be working late for a name, however she regarded misplaced or possibly confused. She may want instructions, I believed.

As I got here to a halt, she started to smile. And then she held out a tough toffee sweet.

“Thank you,” I mentioned.

“You’re welcome,” she mentioned, in a language I didn’t know.

— Malcolm-Wiley Floyd

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