Washington Sq. Park as soon as once more reworked into Madison Sq. Backyard Friday evening when one other spherical of boxing matches broke out within the beleaguered Greenwich Village landmark.
The Publish witnessed a whole lot of bloodthirsty spectators cheering on 5 unlicensed matches close to the park’s triumphal arch, together with one contest that lasted six rounds.
One newbie park pugilist screamed in agony as one other man, apparently one of many organizers, helped him reset what seemed to be a dislocated shoulder.
The boxing matches — which function a time keeper and referee — are simply considered one of a number of unlicensed or illegal actions which have consumed Washington Sq. Park in latest months, together with wide-spread crack and heroin use.
Friday additionally noticed one other explosive evening within the park, with unlawful fireworks being set off but once more.
“I believe it’s actually ‘Combat Membership,’ one pissed off park neighbor advised The Publish after a latest evening of boxing there.
In the meantime, a person was arrested at Washington Sq. South and charged with two counts of menacing for allegedly threatening two Parks Division workers with a wine bottle and a brick.
Cops mentioned Tayvon Turner, 28, of Brooklyn was squabbling with the employees and allegedly picked up a wine bottle and threatened one, a 50-year-old lady. He then threatened to hit the opposite employee, a 47-year-old lady, with a brick. Nobody was bodily harmed.
Turner was additionally charged with vandalizing the park with graffiti, cops mentioned.