posted Aug 19, 2015, 9:04 PM by West Block
updated Oct 1, 2015, 9:20 AM
We are all upset by today's events, and by all that has been happening over the past several months that led, predictably, to today's stabbing on W45th St. outside the Aladdin.
This neighborhood has complained for years, especially every summer, and increasingly this summer--the worst in years--of loitering, littering, routine disturbances of the peace late at night right outside people's windows, harassment of neighbors and businesses, and other safety and quality of life issues. We have reported these issues to police, elected officials, DHS and the Aladdin landlord. Just last week the neighborhood called an Emergency Meeting with electeds, DHS and the police to plead for help. They are all well aware of the problems and the fact that things have been allowed to reach this point is a disgrace.
The night watchman at a neighboring building reports that from 10pm to past midnight last night there was a large gathering of people outside the Aladdin that turned more unruly than usual--he said it was the worst he has seen in a long, long time, with pedestrians being harassed, women being chased down the sidewalk, and public urination right on the sidewalk. He said Aladdin security did nothing and in the middle of it all an NYPD squad car rolled by and also did nothing.
It's no surprise there was then a fight outside Broadway Dance Center around 1am (employees arrived this morning to find a large pool of blood and bloody bandages on their stoop--their security footage confirms that participants came from the Aladdin) and it's no surprise there was another fight today which led to the stabbing.
It's all too predictable, and too frequent.
This is not an isolated incident. It's part of a larger systemic failure by many city agencies and actors (and of course the Aladdin owner, Alan Lapes). This block, this neighborhood (including many law-abiding Aladdin residents) is suffering.