As Violence on the Bowery Increases, One Hotel Hires Sidewalk Security
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Rivington Street just off the Bowery is hot, but not necessarily in the way real estate brokers might have you believe. As we’ve been reporting lately, the intersection has seen a noticeable uptick in violence the last few months, including random attacks in broad daylight and the establishment of a pseudo open-air drug market. Neighbors blame an influx of new “street people” to the Bowery. Others simply say it’s the summertime usual.
Whatever the case may be, both residents and business owners are definitely affected. The hotel on the block – Off Soho Suites at 11 Rivington – even went so far as to hire a security guard from 4pm to 4am to protect its guests from harm. A tipster told us about a dangerous incident that led to this decision for sidewalk security. Apparently someone staying there was attacked by a homeless man wielding a brick.
Is it getting any better?