Suffering the (Non-Masked) Night Crowds at Orchard and Broome [Updated]

Posted on: August 7th, 2020 at 5:00 am by

Hell Square hath multiplied.

Come weekends, the block of Orchard and Broome is now its own crowded nightmare. This trend is years in the making, but reached critical mass this summer with the outdoor dining phenomenon as a result of coronavirus.

Neighbors on the block are worried about these gatherings. Not so much the table dining from the nearby restaurants, but the constant horde that tends to gather in front of both Las Lap and Laams (a vintage boutique) to openly drink. As elsewhere, face coverings and social distancing are barely visible.

“It’s just a bit disrespectful,” one resident on the block tells us. “I’ve got elderly in my building. Then they give me attitude when I ask them to move so I can get to my door.”

It’s also worth noting that, from what we understand, the Lower East Side Partnership is looking to further the ambitious pedestrian plaza proposal that first appeared over six years ago. The item will be considered before Community Board 3 this month.

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