Photos and reporting by Stacie Joy
Updated 5 p.m. There have been multiple arrests during an hours-long standoff here today between activists and the NYPD and reps from other city services. Gothamist has a story here. We'll update later.
Several unhoused residents live under the sidewalk bridge alongside the long-empty former P.S. 64 on Ninth Street between Avenue B and Avenue C.
This corridor has a variety of nicknames, including Anarchy Row. as 1010 WINS documented.
The sweep was part of a renewed effort by Mayor Adams “to crack down on street homelessness,” as Gothamist put it. As The New York Times observed in an article from Sunday: “Thirty years after the Tompkins Square riots, the problems around homelessness remain the same.”
On Monday, reps from the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) returned to Anarchy Row... live-tweeting from the scene.]
Ahead of this, EVG contributor Stacie Joy spoke with these residents.
Here are their stories.
Derrick Parker, 67 years old
Jose Hernandez, 71 years old
George the Third, aka Gee, 38 years old