August 14, 1988
About 150 people marched through Manhattan's East Village singing "We Shall Overcome" to protest police conduct in a bloody melee that erupted over a park curfew. Police efforts to enforce the 1 a.m. curfew last Sunday set off a riot in which mounted and foot patrols charged the crowd with night sticks and beat people to the ground. More than 50 people were injured and 91 complaints of police brutality were filed.
June 4, 1991 |
Police in riot gear raided New York City's Tompkins Square Park, scattering about 150 homeless people as city officials closed much of the park for renovations. About 300 officers swarmed into the 10-acre park before dawn. Mayor David N. Dinkins said that 100 homeless people left the park "quickly and peacefully" and the rest gathered around a park band shell for an impromptu demonstration. Seven who remained were arrested for violating park rules, authorities said.
August 9, 1988 |
The city will not enforce a 1 a.m. curfew at most parks this summer to prevent violence similar to a weekend riot that left 38 people injured, officials said Monday. "The weather is very hot. The beaches are closed. People are really angry about (the curfew)," Mayor Edward I. Koch said of the confrontation early Sunday in Tompkins Square Park on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Koch also blamed "provocateurs," saying they incited the violence by throwing bottles and fireworks at police.
December 31, 2011 |
OK, quickly name America's top tourist destination. Orlando, Fla.? Las Vegas? The Grand Canyon? Try New York. By New Year's Eve, New York expected to have made history by snaring more than 50 million tourists in one year, considerably surpassing a deadline that Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg set early in his administration for 2015 and then moved up to the end of 2012. When it became clear that the city would come in a year ahead of schedule, Bloomberg staged a media event just before Christmas in Times Square with balloons and billboards and a couple of smiling Brits.
August 25, 1988 |
A deputy police chief resigned under fire Wednesday as the police commissioner issued a report blaming him and other officials for a riot at a park that led to 100 complaints of police brutality. Deputy Chief Thomas Darcy, a 31-year police veteran, commanded hundreds of police officers who were deployed to defuse a demonstration at Tompkins Square Park on Manhattan's Lower East Side on Aug. 6. The demonstration--against a 1 a.m.
August 9, 1996 |
"The whole point," Julian Schnabel was quoted recently about his debut film delineating the brief life of fellow New York art star Jean-Michel Basquiat, "was not to have a tourist make this movie." Yet for all the difference Schnabel's expertise has made to "Basquiat," he needn't have bothered.