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Tompkins Square now closing at 10 p.m., too, at least officially

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Tompkins Square Park now has a 10 p.m. curfew also, the same as Washington Square Park.

However, while the gates at Tompkins were locked early Friday night, less than two hours later, at least one of them was back open again, and groups of people, including a skateboarder, could be seen walking through the place.

This entrance to Tompkins Square Park along Avenue A at St. Mark’s Place was closed for the new early curfew Friday night. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)

According to one report, the police decision to impose the  Tompkins early curfew was made without any notification to the Mayor’s Office, the local councilmember or the public.

A group walked through Tompkins Square near the entrance at Seventh St. and Avenue A about two hours after the 10 p.m. curfew. The gate had been closed earlier in the evening. (Photo by Everynight Charley Crespo)

On the other hand, the Washington Square Park weekend curfew, which went into place two weekends ago, had been discussed publicly at Community Board 2 meetings. The idea for that 10 p.m. curfew came from a discussion between the Parks Department and Sixth Precinct, prompted by neighbors’ complaints about loud late-night parties in the park, as well as drug use in its northwest corner.

However, police did not enforce the early curfew this Friday in the Greenwich Village park, similar to what happened last Sunday. Last Saturday, young parkgoers there had clashed with police after being told to leave the park at 10 o’clock, resulting in 23 arrests.

A Parks Department spokesperson did not immediately respond to a question asking exactly which nights the Tompkins early curfew would be in effect. The posted signs do not specify. The Washington Square Park 10 p.m. curfew is specifically Fridays through Sundays.

One Comment

  1. John Penley John Penley June 12, 2021

    Whose Fukin Park ? The NYPD’s Fukin Park !!! Someone should post another sign that says, “We Surrender all control of this Park to the NYPD.” And to those who shed blood, sweat and tears to resist closures and curfews at Tompkins Square Park, well, you suckers had no idea the new neighborhood residents now can afford to go to Fire Island and Long Island on the weekends, so they don’t care.

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