The Washington Square Park Conservancy was created to address largely horticultural issues in one of the city's best-known green spaces. Emails obtained by Gothamist show their influence extended to the types of businesses and activities allowed inside the park.
"The park was packed and people were just having a good time after the Queer Liberation March. Then all of a sudden we started seeing dozens of police vans circle around the park with their sirens and lights flashing..."
After a year in which some quality of life concerns took a back seat, the NYPD appears to be cracking down on park activity, including the impromptu gatherings that served as a lifeline for many in the last year.