NYPD Rolls Out Flood Lights in Seward Park in Response to Homeless Hangout
Is Seward Park returning to its scruffy past?
It’s not uncommon to see junkies shooting up in Schiff Fountain these days. Not to mention, the area homeless population has also taken up residence at the southwest corner of the park in recent months.
So it comes as no surprise that two NYPD flood-light trailers rolled to the park perimeter last week. Police at the 7th Precinct confirmed that the bright beacons were mobilized in an effort to deter these homeless encampments near the fence.
Stewards of the park – the Seward Park Conservancy – voiced its concern of the growing situation to Community Board 3 back in September. Those voices were apparently heard.
As previously reported, there is renewed attention toward Seward Park of late, thanks in large part to the $6.5 million grant (and connecting Straus Square). Plus, let’s not also count out the money pouring into the Two Bridges area and the orbiting streets within earshot.
In the end, perhaps it’s not the best idea to lower the fences from seven to four feet?