NYPD Places Flood Lighting in Hell Square Due to Ben Shaoul’s 10-Story Construction
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It must be summertime in Hell Square. The weekend hordes are queuing, binging, then purging on the sidewalks. All while mounted police officers patrol the streets, leaving mounds of manure in their paths.
Residents, meanwhile, are left with the results, waking up to that unique aroma of horse piss and vomit.
In addition, those trailer-bound flood lights were recently wheeled into the vicinity. Towering above the sidewalk with four bright spotlights. Two were strategically placed – Ludlow/Houston and Orchard/Houston.
This time around, though, their purpose is dual. In fact, we are told that placement was more in response to all the construction currently underway on the block. You know, Ben Shaoul and his ten-story tower. Due to the loss of eight business on the block, there is inadequate lighting. The whole corner is dark. Residents let the 7th Precinct know, and this was the result.
One tipster explains that the new sidewalk bridge attached to the corner of East Houston is now a haven for partiers to openly drink, smoke, fight. An absolute “shit storm,” they say.
But why not just install regular lighting around the project site? Why the overkill?
As a post script – lights were removed just before the DayLife festival this weekend. Presumably to soften the blow for all the tourists that descended upon the area.