Crime is on the Rise in the Hell Square of Lower East Side
Hell Square is heating up, and residents remain caught in the crossfire. The booze-saturated party zone located in so-called “Sector C” – bounded by Clinton/Allen and Delancey/Houston – is seemingly becoming more dangerous.
The most vocal block association in the vicinity, the LES Dwellers, crunched the crime numbers in a recent mailer to neighbors. Some of the figures are rather unsettling.
According to statistics compiled by NYPD, which is housed in the public-facing Compstat 2.0 portal, total crime in the 7th Precinct between January and November of this year is at 756 incidents. Hell Square itself, with its population of about 7,000 residents, accounts for 37% of major crimes within the confines of the precinct, and 72% of overall crime in Sector C (i.e. 282 out of 394 major crimes).
The intersection of Orchard and Stanton Streets (Hair of the Dog, Skinny, Pizza Beach, Indigo Hotel) appears to be a particular hot-spot, tallying 49 crimes (grand larceny, burglary, robbery, felony assaults) during the same ten-month period, which is up 58% from last year.
Below is an infographic circulated by the Dwellers.
This is certainly a challenge for the year-old Neighborhood Policing Initiative. Launched last September, the 7th Precinct divided their jurisdiction into three “sectors” handled by eight neighborhood coordination officers (NCO). This NYPD program aims to strengthen community-police relations across the city, with NCOs acting as liaisons between the police and the neighborhood, but also as key crime fighters and problem-solvers in the sector. They spend time familiarizing themselves with specific zones to better respond to neighborhood-specific crime and other conditions.