The East Village is getting more cops to patrol the night scene
The cops will now be clamping down on the unruly rabble in the East Village, and some in the neighborhood say it couldn't happen soon enough.
The NYPD is set to deploy between eight and 10 new officers to patrol the nightlife scene in the 9th Precinct, which covers the East Village and parts of the Lower East Side, after complaints from the community about bar-goers causing chaos late at night, DNAinfo.com reported.
"It's been a long time since cops on the beat have been present in the East Village," said Celia Bressack, 55, who lives at East Third Street and Avenue A. "There are lots of kids getting drunk and getting rowdy. It seems like there's no grown-ups around."
"It's a very good idea ... all kinds of things go on down here under the wire," said John Arthur Windsor, 71, of the East Village.
The announcement came at a 9th Precinct Community Council meeting, where Capt. John Cappelmann said the cops will be on late-night shifts that will handle crime and quality-of-life issues related to bars and nightclubs.
Complaints from businesses and residents regarding the nightlife scene are not new, and many residents turned out for the meeting to renew their pleas for the NYPD to do something about the crowds that flood the streets at night.
"I'm definitely aware of the issues here," Cappelmann said, according to DNAinfo. "It's not something you can fix overnight."
Paul Purvine, manager of V Bar at First Avenue and St. Marks Place, welcomes the increased police presence, because sometimes his customers are "accosted" by rowdy bar-goers in the area. "There are drunks running around and big loudmouths," he said, adding that it's good the police shifts will be starting after midnight, because "those are the hours we have troublemakers."
Still, for some locals, the rowdiness is just part of living there.
"It's the East Village," said Evan Fable, 36. "Nightlife is a major component of [its] character. I'd be disappointed if that were shut down."
The NYPD didn't return requests for comment.