Dance parties, drinking overtake Washington Square Park

Party animals minimize free in Washington Square Park into early Sunday morning, with the gang drinking, dancing and setting off fireworks — because the park’s midnight curfew once more went unenforced.

Dozens of cops regarded on whereas three separate dance events broke out on the Greenwich Village greenspace late Saturday night time and persevering with into Sunday.

The park partiers sipped on Michelob, White Claw, Heineken, in addition to nutcrackers and margaritas — which had been being offered for $20 — close to the park’s famed fountain.

“It’s a vibe and a half,” mentioned Masa Kanazawa, 22.

“If you look around, people are doing their own thing. That’s all that matters to me,” he added. “Here, everyone is living it up.” 

Ten minutes earlier than the midnight closing time, fireworks had been set off within the park — prompting wild cheers from the gang.

People were spotted dancing in the fountain at Washington Square Park over the weekend.
People had been noticed dancing within the fountain at Washington Square Park over the weekend.
Christopher Sadowski

At round 12:30 a.m., about 100 revelers danced across the fountain to Armin Van Buuren’s “This is What it Feels Like,” whereas a half-hour later, a smaller group busted strikes to “Cotton-Eyed Joe.”

Cops on Sunday morning mentioned no arrests had been made in a single day.

Alex Yoshizuka, a Baruch College scholar, advised The Post it was good to see folks partying and letting free after the COVID-19 pandemic saved folks cooped up.

Police patrolling near the rowdy crowds at Washington Square Park on June 18, 2021.
Police patrolling close to the rowdy crowds at Washington Square Park on June 18, 2021.
Christopher Sadowski

“It’s great because there’s a lot of pent-up energy and emotions since the pandemic,” mentioned Yoshizuka, 21, with a mango-flavored White Claw in his hand. “And it’s nice that everyone is going off.”

But the Gramercy resident mentioned he has sympathy for neighborhood residents, who’ve expressed frustration about loud partying, open drug use and different mayhem within the park.

“I feel so bad for them,” Yoshizuka mentioned with fun. “It wasn’t like this one [or] two years ago.” 

But these complaints have finished nothing to cease revelers from dominating the well-known 10-acre park weekend after weekend — with some nights devolving into violence — because the climate has heated up.

Just earlier than 2 a.m. Sunday, a younger man spray painted “chose love not hate your city” inside a blue coronary heart on the bottom, as a whole bunch of individuals remained contained in the park.

Asked if the law enforcement officials deliberate to implement the midnight closing time, one cop advised The Post, “Not that I’m aware of.”

The carefree night time got here after unsanctioned boxers again threw jabs in the park on Friday, in a scene paying homage to the 1999 film “Fight Club.”

Boxers began slugging it out with the park as its backdrop in early June.

“The knuckleheads in the park are just gonna keep pushing the envelope until something bad happens,” fumed Andrew Levas, 62, on Saturday.

Police intervene at the scene where a woman was bleeding and a man was arrested near the arch in Washington Square Park in New York City around 12:30 a.m. on June 19, 2021.
Police intervene on the scene the place a girl was bleeding and a person was arrested close to the arch in Washington Square Park in New York City round 12:30 a.m. on June 19, 2021.
Christopher Sadowski

Earlier this month, fed-up Greenwich Village residents met at a public meeting to precise their frustration concerning the latest rowdy park habits, which included two people stabbed throughout a June 12 brawl.

The following Saturday, a Taser- and knife-wielding maniac triggered a stampede that left a girl injured, because the weekend pandemonium continued on the park.

The metropolis in early June implemented a 10 p.m. curfew within the park but it surely was lifted soon after on June 12. Chaos erupted on June 6 as NYPD officers in riot gear enforced the then-newly put in curfew.

Community members attend a meeting to air their grievances over the recent activity at Washington Square Park.
Community members attend a gathering to air their grievances over the latest exercise at Washington Square Park.
Elizabeth Rosner

Mayoral frontrunner and retired NYPD captain Eric Adams said in response that the town wanted to place an finish to the “open disorder” in parks — however that the riot gear-clad cops’ curfew enforcement was “heavy-handed.”

Additional reprorting by Tina Moore

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