The NYPD increased its presence near Greenwich Village’s food shacks used for sex and drugs, but that hasn’t stopped tramps from continuing to sleep in the barracks.
A squad car was temporarily parked at the end of Cornelia Street after The Post ran the front page about illegal activity in sheds on the street, according to a local resident.
Video captured on Wednesday shows brazen homeless men being released into two empty dining buildings, one sleeping soundly on compressed cardboard boxes.
“The scales cannot be controlled,” said the resident.
Emmeline Zhao, the owner of the Silver Apricot restaurant in whose shed a couple was videotaped having sex, erected temporary fences to try to keep horny intruders out, according to an article in the Post.
She told the Post she’s also called the police many times to report intruders who are “probably high up and taking up the space and leaving human shit everywhere.” She said the calls had been unsuccessful.
In fact, this week stains from a pile of human feces that had been washed away were visible on the shed’s exterior plywood wall, next to a pile of rubbish.
City councilor Erik Böttcher and officials from the 6th district visited the street on Wednesday to assess the situation, a local resident said.
“The 6th Circuit will continue to conduct targeted patrols and anyone who observes this type of behavior is asked to call 911 or 311 so police can respond and address community concerns,” a police spokesman said.
The city is facing two lawsuits over the outdoor dining sheds that have sprung up during the pandemic to help the ailing restaurant industry. The latest lawsuit from 35 residents alleges the dining program is no longer necessary and the sheds have become eyesore, blocking sidewalks, attracting rats and serving as outside toilets.
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