Photos: NYPD Implementing 10 P.M. Curfew This Past Weekend at Washington Square Park

Police outside the Arch

The controversial curfew at Washington Square Park is scheduled to resume this coming weekend once again closing the park two hours early at 10 p.m. Friday, June 4th-Sunday, June 6th. The park’s traditional “curfew” is 12 midnight. This past weekend was mostly raining so not much revelry or activity going on; this made it that much more questionable to shut the entire park down early.

NYPD on the Fountain Plaza

NYPD with PEP (Park Enforcement Patrol)
Secure closure NW
People Wanting to Enter the Park After 10 p.m.
PEP block bike lane Wash Sq North

Arch in background; NYPD block bike lane Fifth Ave.

This curfew was initially set for two weekends; however, it sounds as if NYPD/Parks Department plan to continue it past this coming weekend.

Also, see this new piece at Gothamist:

Citing Disorder, NYPD to Enforce 10 P.M. Curfew at Washington Square Park

Photos: defund nypd

Previously at Washington Square Park Blog:

City Clamps Down: New Curfew in Effect at Washington Square Park Over Next Two Weekends

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3 thoughts on “Photos: NYPD Implementing 10 P.M. Curfew This Past Weekend at Washington Square Park”

  1. It’s nonsense and once again the media is using scary drug dealers as a scare tactic… I’ve been dropping by these late nights and it’s mostly kids coming together which they’ve done organically since bars and clubs have been shuttered… which is, you know, rather beautiful. It’s been celebratory and it’s good to have young people all in one place to come together than not! I filmed some of it on my Youtube channel and it was positive to behold. A public park should have better alternatives than enforcing these police tactics.

    • Thanks, William, for sharing your video page with its celebratory vibe at the park. I agree there are “better alternatives” to how this is being handled.

      People may have issues with certain things going on at the park but various situations are being lumped together. Thanks for writing and sharing your YouTube page.


      • Thank *you*, Cathryn- for this blog, for your efforts as a curator, for listening. I think this is a massively obtuse move on the part of local government and they’re purely worried about the cosmetics of it. At the risk of sounding pretentious or corny, I hope the people that were celebrating really keep the memories of how special it was in their hearts for a long time to come.


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