Washington Square Park looked a lot like Madison Square Garden until recently, as unrestricted boxers battle it out in underground battles against the backdrop of the space’s famous arch, wild video shows.
Clips posted on Instagram on Tuesday show at least three raucous nighttime encounters in Greenwich Village Park, where police clash with fun-goers over a 10 p.m. weekend curfew.
Park pugilists don gloves before each fight and square off under the watchful eye of a referee, but wear little in the form of protective gear and are only ringed by dozens of hollering spectators, who have to retreat to points on the field. , video show.
Some clips have been posted account @1g5drama, described in a caption as ref.
posted by others @theweoutsidecrew, described in its profile as “pop up parties in NYC” and “spreading positivity through music and social justice”.
Footage of the fight was posted to the accounts’ stories early Tuesday, which automatically deletes the upload after 24 hours.
One post refers to the bout in which it is going down “last night”, suggesting it happened late Monday night.
a third user with handle @callshaman — tagged as one of the brawlers — wrote about the feud in a Tuesday post for his story.
“We the crew outside hosted an event last night,” the post read in part. “Part of this consists of ‘boxing’ being one of the healthiest ways to release male testosterone.
“Even though, we had a party right after,” the post continued. “All together as a community. There was no violence or aggression, it was a family atmosphere. We raised after ourselves and there was no police presence. Our community looks like this.”
A spokesman for the city’s parks department said no permits had been issued for the fight.
But the agency could not immediately clarify whether boxing matches could be allowed in the parks.
Instagram messages seeking comment from the three accounts were not immediately returned Wednesday.
Late last month, locals told The Post that the park has recently become a magnet for drug addicts, while alcohol-fueled parties take place around the fountain at all hours of the night.
In response, the NYPD imposed a 10 p.m. curfew for the park on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.
But when police in riot gear tried to enforce an early shutdown last Saturday, with glass bottles thrown at officers, defiant parkers fought back.
In the ensuing scuffle, 23 fun-loving men were arrested and eight cops were injured, according to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea, who discussed the conflict during a TV interview Wednesday morning.
“Many of them, in fact probably most of them, have been arrested several times over the past year,” Shea told WPX, referring to the 23 arrests and noting that “no one lives in that community. .
“The Parks Department has tried to enforce and shut down the park – which is their job, by the way – on several occasions and they have come under fire and bottles have been thrown at them,” said the top cop. to continue. “So they came over to other city agencies, including the police department, and said, ‘We need your help.'”
Appearing separately on NY1, Shia defended the actions of his officers on Saturday night.
“When those bottles are hitting the ground and breaking, that’s the park the kids are playing the next day,” he said. “So I really think the officers exercised quite a bit of restraint.”