arc_2-1 Following the millions spent on Washington Square Park’s facelift, fence and centered fountain, a group of “wealthy, high-level” Greenwich Village residents plans to hire private security to keep the park from suddenly regressing to its “bad old days as an open-air drug market.” Suggesting the NYPD and their invasive network of monitored surveillance cameras are ineffective at controlling law breakers, “The Coalition for a Better Washington Square Park,” a group composed of nearby co-op boards and NYU, plans to use anonymous donations to hire off-duty cops to beat back any crime that crops up.

Park advocates claim this is the latest maneuver by “rich folk” to turn Washington Square Park into “something that resembles their backyard,” but the high-powered coalition claims they just want to make the plebes “respect the investments made in the park.” |NYP|