Cops Close Down Section of Sara D. Roosevelt Park to Curb Drugs and Homeless
The city is apparently turning up the heat to combat the dangerous situation in Sara D. Roosevelt Park just south of Delancey Street. The area surrounding the so-called “Pit” is now completely sealed off.
The action is many months in the making.
As reported, this area has long been a favored spot for local homeless, yet intensified markedly during the pandemic. It’s also a hot-bed of sorts for open-air drug sales – K2, in particular. It also became a dual purpose storage haven and toilet. Many of the homeless reside in the recently converted hotel-shelters lining the park.
In response, the 5th Precinct and Parks Department earlier this month sealed access to the bird garden and uprooted several benches as deterrence.
Last week, however, the authorities tightened access. The Delancey Street entrance is closed, and there are police barricades blocking access to the sunken court and Hua Mei Bird Garden.
There is also a police cruiser stationed nearby.