Over the past several nights, SoHo and nearby neighborhoods have been overwhelmed with civil unrest and property damage. While large-scale demonstrations and marches in response to George Floyd’s death are being organized daily, locally we have seen widespread looting generally not associated with these peaceful protests. The Initiative supports the free speech rights of those who are demonstrating but strongly condemns those who are using peaceful protests as cover for the looting and property damage that have overtaken SoHo Broadway and nearby neighborhoods in recent nights.
These past few evenings have been difficult on the SoHo Broadway community, especially our residents who are watching destruction unfold on their streets and sometimes in their own buildings. I am heartsick to hear the personal stories about how the unrest is impacting those who live and work in this one-of-a-kind neighborhood.
In response to the social unrest, on Monday, the Governor announced a curfew for New York City, which starting on Tuesday will run from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. As part of the curfew, access may be restricted to people who live or work in the neighborhood. Please make sure to carry a valid photo identification so that you can get home or to your office and give employees ample time to safely get home before the curfew starts.
The Initiative continues to make the following suggestions to protect your buildings/premises during any future civil unrest:
If you have security cameras, please check the recordings from the prior evenings for any footage that might helpful in a future criminal investigation.
Here are a few things we’ve focused on over the last 48 hours:
As always, if there is anything that you are concerned about, please contact us.
Stay safe everyone.
Executive Director, SoHo Broadway Initiative