Rowdy New York protesters came out in force at Mayor de Blasio's Gracie Mansion residence late Monday night to express their frustration with sleepless nights throughout the city due to general lawlessness and an epidemic of illegal fireworks displays designed to sow discontent.
“The reason why we came out here is for the simple reason that at 12 o'clock at night, our families can not sleep, our children are scared, our families are scared, and this is not the New York that we love!” a resident shouted through a megaphone. "Our message to the person that's occupying Gracie Mansion is simple. If he does not know how to bring safety and order to the city, then let him go home!” he added.
The protesters vowed to return every night until law and order is restored in New York City. Watch below.
Midnight last night from my roof. Folks fed up with random fireworks throughout NYC looking to make sure DeBlasio doesn’t get any sleep. pic.twitter.com/clgWAJgqUX— Chris Campbell (@SoupInNYC27) June 23, 2020
Due to the fact that de Blasio has done nothing to stop the fireworks plaguing the city every night this past week, New Yorkers responded by honking their horns at Gracie Mansion late Monday night. pic.twitter.com/HklN2fGr70— Shrek Shapiro (@PufferfishG) June 23, 2020
New Yorkers gathered at Mayor Bill de Blasio’s residence on Monday night chanting "If we can’t sleep, you won’t sleep.”— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) June 23, 2020
It comes as the city saw more than 800 complaints about fireworks filed this month. A huge increase from last year's number of just 21 complaints in June pic.twitter.com/IKbmw80hu0
Because the only thing @NYCMayor Bill deBlasio understands is force---in this case, motorists driving by Gracie Mansion, and violating noise ordinances by honking horns.— Gary Weiss (@gary_weiss) June 23, 2020
To get this shitty mayor's attention you have to break the law. https://t.co/30Bnv75OEJ
They have been happening incessantly all over NYC every night. A friend posted this fireworks aftermath photo from the Brooklyn waterfront today: Someone said these are the kind you can light and drive off before they go off. pic.twitter.com/oMQ8vXGI7P— mcfutch (@mcfutch) June 22, 2020
How bad has NYC gotten under @NYCMayor Bill de Blasio? There are now people throwing fireworks at sleeping homeless people in the streets, completely unconcerned about facing criminal consequences.— The First (@TheFirstonTV) June 23, 2020
This should infuriate every single American citizen. We are better than this. pic.twitter.com/vxuBLWUpQv
For our new issue, we wheat-pasted portraits of Mayor de Blasio around the city, and photographer Marcus Russell Price traveled to each location to document New Yorkers’ responses https://t.co/3BkAKuIIMY pic.twitter.com/rdr9dnzffY— New York Magazine (@NYMag) June 22, 2020
NEW: Mayor Bill de Blasio announces "illegal fireworks task force."— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) June 23, 2020
"We're going to start a huge sting operation to go and get these illegal fireworks at the base." https://t.co/wp983Lq9DD pic.twitter.com/wkr1Oe99Sz