The Sara D. Roosevelt Park ‘Pit’ Becomes a LES Homeless Encampment
Anyone passing through Sara D. Roosevelt Park these days bears witness to the dire situation there. Specifically the section between Delancey and Broome Streets, where the benches around the sunken court have become a homeless encampment.
As before in the northern reaches of the park, this area, nicknamed “The Pit,” is now a ground zero of sorts for open-air drug sales – K2, in particular. Those who are strung out lay out; belongings accumulate in piles all over; and the men treat the space as a toilet. Many of the homeless reside in the recently converted hotel-shelters lining the park.
There was also a stabbing back in May.
The descent has deterred residents from using the park, including the Hua Mei Bird Garden, the once-frequent Tai-Chi classes, and bike polo games.
Cops regularly patrol the area, but are limited in action. From what we understand, officers have issued criminal summonses and conducted multiple arrests from the location, but the reality is that many return in a short time. NYPD does inquire about needing shelter or medical attention, but are often told no.