Partygoers gather in Washington Square Park for second night after violent clashes on Saturday


Partygoers gathered in New York’s Washington Square Park on Sunday in violation of a new 10pm curfew in protest over the violent dispersal of revellers the previous evening.  

Violent scenes erupted on Saturday as the new closing time was enforced, with at least 26 arrested and eight police officers injured.  

The park has long been a place where people congregate – musicians and picnickers during the day, and students and people wanting to hang out with their friends at night. There is also now a large homeless encampment in one corner. 

It usually closes at midnight, but this weekend and last a new 10pm closing time was brought in, in a bid to stem complaints about anti-social behavior at the site.  

NYPD and the parks department have said the earlier curfew will be in place indefinitely. Cops cited five incidents as reasons for the curfew, such as people blocking a roadway while FDNY and EMS teams responded to a fire, people jumping on cars, and bottles and other objects thrown at police.   

Protesters gathered in the park on Sunday night, enjoying loud music and alcohol late into the night. Police were not seen in the area. 

Partygoers gathered in New York's Washington Square Park on Sunday in violation of a new 10pm curfew in protest over the violent dispersal of revellers the previous evening

Partygoers gathered in New York’s Washington Square Park on Sunday in violation of a new 10pm curfew in protest over the violent dispersal of revellers the previous evening

The park has long been a place where people congregate - musicians and picnickers during the day, and students and people wanting to hang out with their friends at night

The park has long been a place where people congregate - musicians and picnickers during the day, and students and people wanting to hang out with their friends at night

The park has long been a place where people congregate – musicians and picnickers during the day, and students and people wanting to hang out with their friends at night

It usually closes at midnight, but this weekend and last a new 10pm closing time was brought in, in a bid to stem complaints about anti-social behavior at the site

It usually closes at midnight, but this weekend and last a new 10pm closing time was brought in, in a bid to stem complaints about anti-social behavior at the site

It usually closes at midnight, but this weekend and last a new 10pm closing time was brought in, in a bid to stem complaints about anti-social behavior at the site

Revellers continued to gather in Washington Square Park on Sunday night after partygoers were forcibly dispersed by police

Revellers continued to gather in Washington Square Park on Sunday night after partygoers were forcibly dispersed by police

Revellers continued to gather in Washington Square Park on Sunday night after partygoers were forcibly dispersed by police

People continued to gather in Washington Square Park on Sunday night after revellers were forcibly dispersed by police the previous evening

People continued to gather in Washington Square Park on Sunday night after revellers were forcibly dispersed by police the previous evening

People continued to gather in Washington Square Park on Sunday night after revellers were forcibly dispersed by police the previous evening

New Yorkers enjoyed a night out in Washington Square Park, enjoying loud music and alcohol late into the night, in violation of the new 10pm curfew

New Yorkers enjoyed a night out in Washington Square Park, enjoying loud music and alcohol late into the night, in violation of the new 10pm curfew

New Yorkers enjoyed a night out in Washington Square Park, enjoying loud music and alcohol late into the night, in violation of the new 10pm curfew

Revellers enjoyed loud music and drank alcohol late into the night in Washington Square Park on Sunday, despite a 10pm curfew

Revellers enjoyed loud music and drank alcohol late into the night in Washington Square Park on Sunday, despite a 10pm curfew

Revellers enjoyed loud music and drank alcohol late into the night in Washington Square Park on Sunday, despite a 10pm curfew

Revellers gathered in Washington Square Park on Sunday night after partygoers were forcibly removed from the site on Saturday and 26 people were arrested for breaking curfew

Revellers gathered in Washington Square Park on Sunday night after partygoers were forcibly removed from the site on Saturday and 26 people were arrested for breaking curfew

Revellers gathered in Washington Square Park on Sunday night after partygoers were forcibly removed from the site on Saturday and 26 people were arrested for breaking curfew

Earlier on Sunday a police spokesperson said the 26 people arrested would mostly be charged with disorderly conduct and given desk appearance tickets.   

Those in the park after the curfew was enforced on Saturday night were filmed jeering and shoving officers after being told to leave, with scuffles breaking out as NYPD officers moved to enforce the new rule. 

Astonished onlookers watched as the NYPD charged people through the streets, in scenes reminiscent of New York’s more troubled previous decades.

Revelers were herded down Thompson Street, away from Washington Square Park, amid skirmishes with officers. 

People gathered in Washington Square Park on Sunday night after there were violent clashes between partygoers and NYPD officers on Saturday evening

People gathered in Washington Square Park on Sunday night after there were violent clashes between partygoers and NYPD officers on Saturday evening

People gathered in Washington Square Park on Sunday night after there were violent clashes between partygoers and NYPD officers on Saturday evening

Partygoers enjoyed a peaceful night of revelling in Washington Square Park on Sunday evening. No police were present at the Manhattan green space

Partygoers enjoyed a peaceful night of revelling in Washington Square Park on Sunday evening. No police were present at the Manhattan green space

Partygoers enjoyed a peaceful night of revelling in Washington Square Park on Sunday evening. No police were present at the Manhattan green space

Revellers enjoyed a balmy New York evening in Manhattan's Washington Square Park on Sunday after people were violently dispersed by police on Saturday evening

Revellers enjoyed a balmy New York evening in Manhattan's Washington Square Park on Sunday after people were violently dispersed by police on Saturday evening

Revellers enjoyed a balmy New York evening in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park on Sunday after people were violently dispersed by police on Saturday evening

Partygoers, including children, gathered in Washington Square Park on Sunday evening after a 10pm curfew was introduced following reports of rampant drug use, loud music, and drunkeness

Partygoers, including children, gathered in Washington Square Park on Sunday evening after a 10pm curfew was introduced following reports of rampant drug use, loud music, and drunkeness

Partygoers, including children, gathered in Washington Square Park on Sunday evening after a 10pm curfew was introduced following reports of rampant drug use, loud music, and drunkeness

Revellers gathered in Washington Square Park on Sunday evening to enjoy the warm evening weather, in violation of a 10pm curfew

Revellers gathered in Washington Square Park on Sunday evening to enjoy the warm evening weather, in violation of a 10pm curfew

Revellers gathered in Washington Square Park on Sunday evening to enjoy the warm evening weather, in violation of a 10pm curfew

Partygoers enjoyed loud music and alcohol late into the night in Washington Square Park on Sunday

Partygoers enjoyed loud music and alcohol late into the night in Washington Square Park on Sunday

Partygoers enjoyed loud music and alcohol late into the night in Washington Square Park on Sunday 

The park has long been a place where people congregate - musicians and picnickers during the day, and students and people wanting to hang out with their friends at night

The park has long been a place where people congregate - musicians and picnickers during the day, and students and people wanting to hang out with their friends at night

The park has long been a place where people congregate – musicians and picnickers during the day, and students and people wanting to hang out with their friends at night 

It comes after police said on Sunday that 26 people arrested would mostly be charged with disorderly conduct and given desk appearance tickets following violence between partygoers and officers on Saturday

It comes after police said on Sunday that 26 people arrested would mostly be charged with disorderly conduct and given desk appearance tickets following violence between partygoers and officers on Saturday

It comes after police said on Sunday that 26 people arrested would mostly be charged with disorderly conduct and given desk appearance tickets following violence between partygoers and officers on Saturday

People continued to gather in Washington Square Park in violation of the 10pm curfew on Sunday after revellers were forcibly dispersed on Saturday night

People continued to gather in Washington Square Park in violation of the 10pm curfew on Sunday after revellers were forcibly dispersed on Saturday night

People continued to gather in Washington Square Park in violation of the 10pm curfew on Sunday after revellers were forcibly dispersed on Saturday night

The bustling streets, filled with outdoor diners on a balmy early summer evening, were filled with revellers on Sunday night

The bustling streets, filled with outdoor diners on a balmy early summer evening, were filled with revellers on Sunday night

The bustling streets, filled with outdoor diners on a balmy early summer evening, were filled with revellers on Sunday night

The bustling streets, filled with outdoor diners on a balmy early summer evening, were calm on Sunday night as partygoers gathered in Washington Square Park

The bustling streets, filled with outdoor diners on a balmy early summer evening, were calm on Sunday night as partygoers gathered in Washington Square Park

The bustling streets, filled with outdoor diners on a balmy early summer evening, were calm on Sunday night as partygoers gathered in Washington Square Park

The bustling streets, filled with outdoor diners on a balmy early summer evening, were turned into a near riot as people who had been in the park clashed with police.  

Police used pepper spray to disperse the crowd afterwards, with some people throwing bottles at officers. One shirtless man was arrested after he was caught on camera trying to square up to officers with a metal barricade. 

Officers could then be seen using physical force, including pushing and grabbing. Some were filmed using their bikes and batons to shove parkgoers who had formed a human chain. 

Police officers run along Thompson Street, in the heart of Greenwich Village, on Saturday night, herding people out of Washington Square Park and pushing them through the streets

Police officers run along Thompson Street, in the heart of Greenwich Village, on Saturday night, herding people out of Washington Square Park and pushing them through the streets

Police officers run along Thompson Street, in the heart of Greenwich Village, on Saturday night, herding people out of Washington Square Park and pushing them through the streets

The area was crowded with people on a warm early summer evening, as the NYPD moved in

The area was crowded with people on a warm early summer evening, as the NYPD moved in

The area was crowded with people on a warm early summer evening, as the NYPD moved in

Officers could be seen telling outdoor diners to get out the way as they chased the crowd away from Washington Square Park

Officers could be seen telling outdoor diners to get out the way as they chased the crowd away from Washington Square Park

Officers could be seen telling outdoor diners to get out the way as they chased the crowd away from Washington Square Park

A man is seen running from the police on Saturday night as members of NYPD pushed crowds out of Washington Square Park, closing the site at 10pm rather than the usual midnight

A man is seen running from the police on Saturday night as members of NYPD pushed crowds out of Washington Square Park, closing the site at 10pm rather than the usual midnight

A man is seen running from the police on Saturday night as members of NYPD pushed crowds out of Washington Square Park, closing the site at 10pm rather than the usual midnight

A trash can was overturned in the melee, as police pushed people out of the park. The site was cleared and closed in 15 minutes

A trash can was overturned in the melee, as police pushed people out of the park. The site was cleared and closed in 15 minutes

A trash can was overturned in the melee, as police pushed people out of the park. The site was cleared and closed in 15 minutes

NYPD officers in helmets are seen using their bicycles to push the crowd away from Washington Square Park, as the usual midnight closing time was changed to 10pm this weekend

NYPD officers in helmets are seen using their bicycles to push the crowd away from Washington Square Park, as the usual midnight closing time was changed to 10pm this weekend

NYPD officers in helmets are seen using their bicycles to push the crowd away from Washington Square Park, as the usual midnight closing time was changed to 10pm this weekend

One cop was hit after a garbage can was thrown at them while another pulled a shoulder, according to the New York Post.

Another officer is said to have suffered a possible broken finger while two other officers were hit with bottles.

‘After cops shut down the Washington Square Park arresting multiple people who refused to disperse, they chased remaining crowd through West Village. People ran through restaurants and streets, cops chased and arrested them,’ wrote video journalist ScooterCasterNY on Twitter. 

‘[It was] total chaos with pepper spray, bottles thrown and cops chasing people.’

The police were accused of being heavy handed from the very start as officers in riot gear were seen marching into the public space to tell those gathered there to leave. 

The park previously closed at midnight, but widespread drug taking, partying and other anti-social behavior led to complaints from well-heeled residents in the upmarket area, with Mayor Bill de Blasio announcing the curfew in response to the crisis.  

At one point a shirtless man threatened riot-clad officers with a broken bottle before attempting to throw a metal gate at law enforcement. He was subsequently arrested. 

By Sunday morning, the park was cleared and there was little evidence of the previous night's unrest

By Sunday morning, the park was cleared and there was little evidence of the previous night's unrest

By Sunday morning, the park was cleared and there was little evidence of the previous night’s unrest

The park, which draws musicians, picnickers, artists, students and families, was clean and calm on Sunday morning

The park, which draws musicians, picnickers, artists, students and families, was clean and calm on Sunday morning

The park, which draws musicians, picnickers, artists, students and families, was clean and calm on Sunday morning

Musicians on Sunday morning were setting up their band equipment, ready to busk for the crowds

Musicians on Sunday morning were setting up their band equipment, ready to busk for the crowds

Musicians on Sunday morning were setting up their band equipment, ready to busk for the crowds

A man plays his piano at the entrance to Washington Square Park on Sunday - the morning after the wild scenes the night before

A man plays his piano at the entrance to Washington Square Park on Sunday - the morning after the wild scenes the night before

A man plays his piano at the entrance to Washington Square Park on Sunday – the morning after the wild scenes the night before

Police used riot shields, batons and even their patrol cars in order to force parkgoers to leave

Police used riot shields, batons and even their patrol cars in order to force parkgoers to leave

Police used riot shields, batons and even their patrol cars in order to force parkgoers to leave

Riot police had to use physical force on Saturday night as they tried to enforce a new 10pm curfew in Washington Square Park in New York's Greenwich Village

Riot police had to use physical force on Saturday night as they tried to enforce a new 10pm curfew in Washington Square Park in New York's Greenwich Village

Riot police had to use physical force on Saturday night as they tried to enforce a new 10pm curfew in Washington Square Park in New York’s Greenwich Village

Police could be seen firing pepper spray at individuals at one point

Police could be seen firing pepper spray at individuals at one point

Police could be seen firing pepper spray at individuals at one point 

Police could be seen physically struggling with parkgoers who refused to leave

Police could be seen physically struggling with parkgoers who refused to leave

Police could be seen physically struggling with parkgoers who refused to leave

Police formed a chain in order to force people out of the park following residents complaints

Police formed a chain in order to force people out of the park following residents complaints

Police formed a chain in order to force people out of the park following residents complaints

One man was arrested after he was seen threatening police with a bottle

One man was arrested after he was seen threatening police with a bottle

One man was arrested after he was seen threatening police with a bottle

The topless man was quickly placed into handcuffs after his behavior became threatening

The topless man was quickly placed into handcuffs after his behavior became threatening

The topless man was quickly placed into handcuffs after his behavior became threatening

The man was caught on video threatening police with a metal barricade before his arrest

The man was caught on video threatening police with a metal barricade before his arrest

The man was caught on video threatening police with a metal barricade before his arrest

Police parked vehicles at all the main entrances to the park to keep people out

Police parked vehicles at all the main entrances to the park to keep people out

Police parked vehicles at all the main entrances to the park to keep people out 

NYPD officers formed a chain in order to force parkgoers out of Washington Square Park

NYPD officers formed a chain in order to force parkgoers out of Washington Square Park

NYPD officers formed a chain in order to force parkgoers out of Washington Square Park 

‘The NYPD is once again violently evicting everyone in Washington square park and violently arresting people,’ tweeted Josh Potash. 

‘Cops at every entrance now, students, random people partying, unhoused folks, and other random folks are still being attacked in the edge of the park,’ he added.

Several police cars entered the park from different sides announcing over their speakers that the park was closed and that people still inside had to leave – or face arrest. 

Those who decided to remain had to be forcibly remove by police before metal barricades were pulled across the entrances to the park in order to keep others out.

The park was cleared within 15 minutes of police arriving on the scene. 

Police and city parks department officials want to cut down on what they describe as disorderly behavior

Police and city parks department officials want to cut down on what they describe as disorderly behavior

Police and city parks department officials want to cut down on what they describe as disorderly behavior

Police used their vehicle to disburse the noisy and large crowds, in which people were refusing to leave

Police used their vehicle to disburse the noisy and large crowds, in which people were refusing to leave

Police used their vehicle to disburse the noisy and large crowds, in which people were refusing to leave

Cops with the NYPD could be seen with their batons drawn as they made their way through the park

Cops with the NYPD could be seen with their batons drawn as they made their way through the park

Cops with the NYPD could be seen with their batons drawn as they made their way through the park

Bystanders watched as police dealt with the crowds in the park, with many seen filming and jeering the officers

Bystanders watched as police dealt with the crowds in the park, with many seen filming and jeering the officers

Bystanders watched as police dealt with the crowds in the park, with many seen filming and jeering the officers

Video showed some jumping on cars, and police say items were thrown at officers. The park was closed two hours earlier than usual to try and tackle spiraling anti-social behavior

Video showed some jumping on cars, and police say items were thrown at officers. The park was closed two hours earlier than usual to try and tackle spiraling anti-social behavior

Video showed some jumping on cars, and police say items were thrown at officers. The park was closed two hours earlier than usual to try and tackle spiraling anti-social behavior 

‘Hell no! We won’t go!’ some chanted as police said the park was closed. 

The park was originally shut down at the relatively early hour of 10pm last weekend after a neighborhood organization complained of noise, left over trash in the morning and parties that ran late into the night.   

Crowds of rowdy people have been hanging out in the park until the early hours of the morning with loud music and anti-social behavior.

Later statements also alluded to ‘crimes’ that were occurring within the park’s boundaries.  

There were hand-to-hand scuffles between police and parkgoers on Saturday night

There were hand-to-hand scuffles between police and parkgoers on Saturday night

There were hand-to-hand scuffles between police and parkgoers on Saturday night

Officers used their bikes to try and push people out of the way, with some people who refused to leave toppling to the ground

Officers used their bikes to try and push people out of the way, with some people who refused to leave toppling to the ground

Officers used their bikes to try and push people out of the way, with some people who refused to leave toppling to the ground 

Police announced their intentions over a loudspeaker and informed people they would be arrested if they did not leave

Police announced their intentions over a loudspeaker and informed people they would be arrested if they did not leave

Police announced their intentions over a loudspeaker and informed people they would be arrested if they did not leave

Parkgoers refusing to leave after the curfew pushed back against officers who used physical force to try to remove them, videos of social media showed

Parkgoers refusing to leave after the curfew pushed back against officers who used physical force to try to remove them, videos of social media showed

Parkgoers refusing to leave after the curfew pushed back against officers who used physical force to try to remove them, videos of social media showed

The police were adopting a no nonsense approach as they pushed ahead with clearing the city park at 10pm

The police were adopting a no nonsense approach as they pushed ahead with clearing the city park at 10pm

The police were adopting a no nonsense approach as they pushed ahead with clearing the city park at 10pm

‘A lot of community residents have expressed concerns. Parks historically have had a closing time. This is an effort to make sure there is real respect for community concerns about noise and safety,’ said de Blasio earlier in the week. 

Some park-goers claimed the reported issues were overblown, and moaned about the new closing time.  

‘I think the curfew is stupid,’ Wayne Evans said to NY1. 

‘I come here often at night, and I stay late, I stay until 1, 2 o’clock in the morning and people are just out here having fun. There’s no funny business.’

‘That’s ridiculous and it’s summer time, too,’ Omar Nurridin said. ‘I don’t think they’re going to really do a good job of enforcing that, or it’s a setup to give people a bunch of tickets.’ 

Crime in the 6th Precinct is up 62 percent in the last year, and now activities like drug use and prostitution plague the park, causing it to shut down on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at 10, two hours earlier than the usual midnight closure.

Officers are pictured on the road outside the park as they continue efforts to clear the park

Officers are pictured on the road outside the park as they continue efforts to clear the park

Officers are pictured on the road outside the park as they continue efforts to clear the park

One man was arrested after threatening police with a barricade and a bottle

One man was arrested after threatening police with a barricade and a bottle

One man was arrested after threatening police with a barricade and a bottle 

Police and city parks department officials instituted the temporary weekend curfew amid complaints of rampant drug use

Police and city parks department officials instituted the temporary weekend curfew amid complaints of rampant drug use

Police and city parks department officials instituted the temporary weekend curfew amid complaints of rampant drug use

Police are pictured having cleared out Washington Square Park on Saturday night

Police are pictured having cleared out Washington Square Park on Saturday night

Police are pictured having cleared out Washington Square Park on Saturday night

Many New Yorkers will likely support the Washington Square Park crackdown, amid fears the city is sliding back to the crime-ridden ‘bad old days’ of the 1970s and 1980s.

Figures from the NYPD’s Compstate website show serious crime rose by 23.4 per cent in May, compared to the same month last year.

Robberies rocketed to 1,082 over the 28 days to May 30, up from just 726 for the same period in 2020. 

Felony assaults also soared over by 22.6 per cent the same period, from 1,443 in May 2020, to 1,769 in May 2021. 

Mayor de Blasio has repeatedly been accused of being ‘pro-criminal’ by critics. They say his bail reforms – intended to avoid leaving people who can’t afford bail languishing in jail for months or years for petty crimes – releases suspects back onto the streets to go on to reoffend.

Morale among the NYPD has slumped amid lukewarm support from de Blasio. Crime on the city’s transit network – including its buses, subways and trains – doubled in May compared to May 2020, up from 78 last year to 154 this year.  

A chart shows crime levels are significantly up in 2021 compared to 2020 for most crime categories, though burglaries are notably down

A chart shows crime levels are significantly up in 2021 compared to 2020 for most crime categories, though burglaries are notably down

A chart shows crime levels are significantly up in 2021 compared to 2020 for most crime categories, though burglaries are notably down

A chart shows shooting shows statistics for shooting related crimes in New York City in 2021 compared to 2020

A chart shows shooting shows statistics for shooting related crimes in New York City in 2021 compared to 2020

A chart shows shooting shows statistics for shooting related crimes in New York City in 2021 compared to 2020



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