Experience 11 Minutes of Late-Night Hell in Hell Square, Complete with Brawl [VIDEO]
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Apparently this past weekend was considered by some as “SantaCon without the costumes on the Lower East Side.” In response, the LES Dwellers released a pair of videos shot in Hell Square that illustrate as much. This footage was filmed at 3:30am Sunday morning at the corner of Ludlow and Stanton Streets. Peak hours for noise and questionable activity.
One video features a gaggle of shitfaced bar-goers headed north to Pianos. The group was refused entry, as the establishment was closing. They weren’t too happy about that, and began shouting obscenities just as the cops arrived. Moreover, in an unrelated altercation, a brief brawl broke out almost simultaneously mere steps from Pianos. Two of those fighters were arrested.
A second video has a different angle on the fight and the revelers barred from Pianos.
“This weekend was an outrage – ranking as one of the worst on record: It was SantaCon without the costumes,” the LES Dwellers said in a statement. “Assaults and crime are up in our neighborhood due solely to the proliferation of late night liquor licenses in the neighborhood. And what’s worse, on a day when NYPD lost two officers, the last thing the city needs is for the police to spend time and resources policing a man-made mess of debauchery. Police resources are wasted every weekend to babysit a bunch of drunks,” the group said.
Meanwhile, the LES Dwellers crunched NYPD data for “Sector C,” the area bounded by Clinton/Allen and Delancey/Houston. Their research seems to show that violent crime is on the rise. Felony assaults, which are also often fueled by alcohol, have leapt by 33.3% so far in 2014, with 129 this year in the entire 7th Precinct, versus 97 at the same point last year. There have also reportedly been three rapes on record this year, as opposed to zero in 2013.
The outspoken block association again called on Community Board 3 to address the issue immediately, and to work with the NYPD, State Liquor Authority, and local bars to resolve the quality-of-life and safety concerns in the area.
As these videos attest, this is the weekly shitshow to which neighbors are exposed. The drama is not so much outside the norm, but the norm itself. Something’s gotta give…