Armed Guard Takes Post Outside Bel-Fries After Restaurant Mayhem
The unhinged destruction of Bel-Fries on Ludlow Street led to the introduction of an armed guard on the block over the weekend.
In response to the mayhem, the owner reportedly hired the “bouncer” as deterrent.
Neighbors first spotted the private security detail, hired from Trident Protection Specialist LLC, on Friday afternoon. Of particular note was his full tactical kit – gear that included holstered pistol, pepper spray, flak jacket and handcuffs. We’re told that the guard stood watch at Rivington and Ludlow Streets on both Friday and Saturday, afternoon and night.
His presence speaks to the larger issues of policing Hell Square. Those living in the proverbial party zone often note that, while cops are stationed to maintain order, the crowds often outnumber the patrols. Reducing officers to more of a bystander role.
A literal mob scene at Ludlow and Stanton Sts. — Sunday at 11:20pm. The police are outmanned.@NYCMayor — wake up!
Do something!@LESdwellers @boweryboogie @evgrieve @ChrisMarteNYC pic.twitter.com/fJFmgsIXo4
— LudlowStNYCwatch (@LudlowStNYC) July 4, 2022
One tipster, who asked to remain anonymous, spoke to the guard:
I said, what happens when all hell breaks loose —he said the gun was a last resort and he would break it up. I said what about cops getting sucker-punched as happened on this same corner recently. He said he was trained to handle this and gun safety.
Also, Every party tourist and middle America transplant was asking him for directions.