With Electon Day approaching, we alert you to the possibility of demonstratons and marches in Downtown Manhattan in the lead up to Electon Day on Tuesday, November 3rd.
Last week, NYPD Commissioner Shea highlighted that the upcoming electon will be the "most highly contested presidental electon in the modern era" and that NYPD antcipates protests "to grow in size, frequency, and intensity."
As a central locaton between prominent downtown gathering places such as Union Square, Washington Square, and Foley Square, as well as near the foot of 3 bridges from Brooklyn, Broadway, Lafayette and The Bowery often serve as a route for marches and crowd movement.
We are sharing here some thoughtful information distributed by the SoHo-Broadway Initiative
- At the very least, you can expect to encounter traffic and driving delays related to street closures resulting from protests. Gridlock Sam shared that "Union Square will be the center of daily anti‐Trump protests... and going at least until Electon Day."
- NYPD will continue to monitor any conditons and are prepared to deploy additional personnel into areas when warranted. They are also prepared, if conditons require, to restrict local access to those who live/work in NoHo and SoHo and surrounding neighborhoods. A similar plan was executed in June and was effectve in curbing damage and property crime.
- Start thinking about your plans now. Like in the spring, the we cannot tell you exactly what to expect, or what to do, but below is a list of suggestons for how to prepare:
- GARBAGE + PICKUPS We advise property owners to think about instructing both commercial and residential tenants and buildings to not put garbage out until the very last minute. For residential waste, Department of Sanitaton shifts begin at 5 a.m. on pick‐up days (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). Should conditions escalate, we would ask everyone to keep trash inside overnight and that businesses and commercial property managers instruct your haulers to come earlier in the day if possible so that large piles of trash are not left in front of your buildings overnight. If your business has a dumpster in place, please have it removed as soon as it is full; do not leave it in the street.
- STOREFRONTS If you stll have plywood from the spring used for boarding windows, we advise that you keep it on site should you need it again. Have a plan to move valuables and inventory out of sight, to keep lights on, and make sure that doors lock, and that gates and security cameras are all working.
- RESTAURANTS NoHo-Bowery Stakeholders has set up a text-alert system for all our restaurants with outside dining. This will be coordinated with the Ninth Precinct. If necessary, food service establishments might be asked to bring outdoor setups inside or to secure all movable objects on very short notice. It is advised to have a plan and staff on site to make this happen. The pattern in the past indicates that marches often break off from main routes so our side streeets need to be prepared.