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Man behind raves blighting Washington Square Park in NYC says fed-up residents should move

The New York City man behind out-of-control raves in Washington Square Park has said that fed-up wealthy residents should be the ones to leave.

The landmark park has been plagued by noisy parties with complaints becoming so bad the NYPD imposed a 10 p.m. curfew two weeks ago that lifted Saturday. The park has been described by the New York Post as 'ground zero for the city's descent into crime and chaos.' 

Party promoter David 'Shaman' Ortiz, 28, dismissed his critics as 'Karens and Kevins' who want to 'steal joy' in an interview with the outlet. 

'This is my response to the residents. If you have an issue with amplified sound and you live in the downtown area, you live in the Washington Square Park area, then you should move,' Ortiz said. 'I'm not letting anybody steal our joy.'

The New York City man behind out-of-control raves in Washington Square Park has said that fed-up wealthy residents should be the ones to leave

People are seen packing into Washington Square Park on Friday night

Two women are seen dancing during a massive rave in Washington Square Park on Friday

People are seen crowded into Washington Square Park near its iconic arch on Friday

David 'Shaman' Ortiz, 28, has since dismissed his critics as 'Karens and Kevins' who want to 'steal joy'

In a recent Instagram story, Ortiz also referred to the NYPD as 'the biggest gang in New York' while he also claimed to be the person who got NYPD Chief Terence Monahan to kneel in support of Black Lives Matter at the park last summer.

The park, located in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of lower Manhattan, has long been a destination for street performing musicians and large demonstrations in part because of its proximity to New York University. 

However Ortiz, who lives in the Queens borough of the city across the East River from Manhattan, has thrown the massive raves in Washington Square Park despite not living anywhere near it. 

Crystal Howard, a spokesperson for the city's Department of Parks & Recreation, told the New York Post that park will keep midnight as its standard closure hour after the curfew was lifted.

When cops went to enforce the curfew on Friday, a 'militant group' started to taunt police, according to a woman who did not want to give her name to the outlet. 

'It was a staged confrontation by the agitators, it was not some random event,' said the woman who lives on Fifth Avenue overlooking the park.

The New York Post reported that the festivities went well past midnight  as the officials ignored enforcing the closure of the park.

A fight broke out at 2:15 a.m. that sent three people to the hospital - one of whom was stabbed and another slashed with a razor blade, police said. 

People gather in Washington Square Park, Manhattan, New York, where police did not enforce a 10pm curfew on Friday

People gather in Washington Square Park, Manhattan, New York, where police did not enforce a 10pm curfew on Friday

The NYPD has put up a sign reading 'no alcohol' in Washington Square Park even as the city fails to enforce curfews

The landmark park has been plagued by noisy parties with complaints becoming so bad the NYPD imposed a 10 p.m. curfew two weeks ago that lifted Saturday

People gather in Washington Square Park, Manhattan, New York, where police did not enforce a 10pm curfew on Friday

People continue to gather in Washington Square Park after the 10 PM curfew on June 6

Revelers party in Washington Square Park on Friday after violent clashes broke out between park goers and police when the curfew was enforced last weekend

A couple kisses while revelers party in Washington Square Park on Friday after violent clashes broke out between park goers and police when the curfew was enforced last weekend

Revelers party in Washington Square Park on Friday after violent clashes broke out between park goers and police when the curfew was enforced last weekend

Revelers party in Washington Square Park on Friday after violent clashes broke out between park goers and police when the curfew was enforced last weekend

Revelers party in Washington Square Park on Friday after violent clashes broke out between park goers and police when the curfew was enforced last weekend

Revelers party in Washington Square Park on Friday after violent clashes broke out between park goers and police when the curfew was enforced last weekend

According to WABC, a group of men wielding razor blades approached a 24-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman dancing inside the park. 

The suspects punched the woman and slashed the man on his left thigh, calf and arm before slashing another man who tried to intervene. The three victims were taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition, according to the outlet.

Leslie Rylee, another resident, sent a letter to the New York Post and local politicians in which she said Greenwich Village 'has become a dystopian other world' which she said is the result of 'apathy, corruption and abject neglect by elected and law enforcement officials.'

Last week, when the NYPD arrested 22 people when enforcing the 10 p.m. curfew while the violent mob injured five officers, according to the New York Post. 

In an op-ed, even the New York Daily News described officials as playing 'whack-a-mole' as people 'suffering from mental illness and drug addiction are now using other areas of the park and surrounding streets instead.' 

Adam Weprin, a longtime resident, told the New York Post that there are now 'zero rules' at the park.

'Even with the public drug use, there are zero rules. It's all out in the open. It's chaos,' he said.

William Abramson, director of brokerage for Buchbinder & Warren Realty Group which is the landlord for hundreds of nearby properties, said residents have found human waste in their doorways and passed out addicts on their stoops.

His company even hired private security six months ago to patrol their properties near the park after local politicians failed to address complaints. 

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