UPPER MANHATTAN — In response to mounting complaints about the quality of life along Dyckman Street, the 34th Police Precinct Council will vote on a resolution this week calling on the NYPD to deploy additional resources to the area this summer.
The executive board of the council unanimously passed the resolution last week asking the NYPD to increase and maintain additional police in the precinct and deploy additional resources to "handle nighttime situations" on the western stretch of Dyckman Street dubbed by some "Alcohol Alley."
Elected officials, business owners and residents concerned about the amount of bars and traffic on the western stretch of Dyckman Street and have been calling for more enforcement on the stretch for years.
The council resolution calls on the 34th Precinct and Patrol Borough Manhattan North commanding officers to maintain the current number of "manpower and enforcement efforts" through the end of September.
The NYPD originally deployed additional help for the precinct after crime skyrocketed 23.02 percent in every major crime category last summer, according to CompStat.
The resolution also recommends that the NYPD’s Impact Response Team and the Manhattan North Scooter Task Force deploy officers on Dyckman Street, between Nagle Avenue and Staff Street, "with a special attention to the area between Broadway and the Dyckman Marina."
The council suggests that the additional police force focus on patrols in the area on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, between 11 p.m. and 4:30 a.m. in order "to maintain crowd control and ensure continued reduction of quality-of-life concerns."
Additionally, the council requests that the NYPD station a sky watchtower "for added security measures on Dyckman Street to handle nighttime situations," the resolution reads.
The full council and public will vote on the resolution during its monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 25, at Ft. Washington Collegiate Church, Fellowship Hall, 729 West 181st St., between Ft. Washington Ave. and Magaw Place.