“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. . . . In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.”—Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Residents of Morton Street in Greenwich Village are prohibited from setting up tables and chairs on the sidewalk to sip ouzo—nor do I think this is a good idea. So why are those inside a booze shed that has spoiled what was a purely residential block pre-pandemic allowed to do so post-pandemic and disrupt public order?
Bill de Blasio’s decrees as mayor destroyed New York. His ill-conceived Open Restaurants policy, i.e., booze shed policy, and decisions to foist the dangerously mentally ill, homeless, drug addicts, and criminally insane onto the general population have wreaked havoc particularly on Greenwich Village—which is now saturated with said booze sheds.
Indeed, Open Restaurants has turned the once poetic West Village into a filthy, vermin- and crime-infested boombox. And while Village residents successfully sued the city to stop Open Restaurants from becoming permanent, the city has now appealed the court’s decision.
Meanwhile, a subhuman wave continues to target the community—particularly on weekends (Thursday-Sunday)— that is nothing short of domestic terrorism. It has to be recognized as such and stopped.