The Villager has an article in this week's issue about Asylum, a group of travelers who hang out in Washington Square Park. The members claim that the NYPD leaves them alone since they're not bothering anyone.
Which leads us to this passage:
However, Hollywood claimed that this isn’t the case in Tompkins Square Park where rumors are that the police have driven some homeless people out of the park permanently.
“The hard drugs are in Tompkins,” said Hollywood.
Russell, another Washington Square Park regular, added.
“I don’t go to Tompkins Square Park because there’s a f---ing bad vibe there. It’s Heroinville!”
Police officers make it extremely hard for the homeless to stay in Tompkins Square Park anyway. They tend to confiscate transients’ belongings as well as harass them incessantly, the transients say.
“You can’t even lie in the grass,” Russell said. “Just because we are homeless doesn’t mean we don’t have rights!”
[Photo by Bobby Williams]