A camping tent outside Tompkins Square Park on E. Seventh Street. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)
In-tents situation at Tompkins Square Park
November 5, 2021
BY THE VILLAGE SUN | In shades of Tent City from 30 years ago, Tompkins Square Park and E. Seventh Street are now home to camping tents and some makeshift structures.
The Department of Homeless Services last week posted notices announcing that city agencies, including the Department of Sanitation, would be doing a “cleanup” of the area. But it didn’t seem to have the desired effect of getting anyone to clear out.
After homeless people took over the park’s chess tables and created an encampment there, the spot was eventually fenced off. Some of them then just moved a bit farther away onto nearby benches, using tarps to create little enclosures.