City Removes Basketball Hoops from East River Park to Deter Group Activity During Outbreak
It’s a full court press.
The city is trying to deter people who continue to congregate for group activity in local parks. Specifically, the basketball courts, which have seen a relative surge in players flouting the “social distancing” mandate during the COVID-19 shutdown.
“There will not be any basketball games because there will not be any basketball hoops,” Mayor de Blasio quipped during a City Hall briefing last Wednesday.
Cops and Parks Department workers singled out all basketball hoops among the 1,700 courts within the Parks Department system, according to the New York Post.
Workers were seen removing the hoops from the soon-to-be-doomed park Friday morning.