Video of a “looting street party” in Soho went viral Tuesday night — just as Mayor Bill de Blasio downplayed the extent of the chaos on national television.
Footage posted to Twitter shows hundreds of revelers packed along an unidentified Soho street, some dancing on cars and others recording the wild scene on their phones.
It’s unclear when the video — captioned “Full-on looting street party in SoHo” — was taken, but it was posted at 10:21 p.m., after de Blasio called in to CNN.
“I just want to correct one thing, if I may, that we had a really troubling situation last night in Midtown Manhattan and in one area in the Bronx,” he said, referring to the looting and destruction that ravaged the city Monday night.
“But we had no unrest, no looting in Brooklyn and Queens and Staten Island, and most of the Bronx and most of Manhattan, I really want to set that straight.”
Looters trashed parts of Manhattan and the Bronx on Monday night ahead of an 11 p.m. citywide curfew. An 8 p.m. curfew and traffic restrictions were implemented Tuesday night, resulting in dozens of protesters arrested near the Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel.
Looters struck parts of Manhattan for a third night in a row Tuesday, though the damage appeared to be less than previous nights.
“There’s a small anarchist group that’s been violent and there’s a small criminal element that’s been violent, but you’re talking about an infinitesimal percentage compared to the overwhelming majority of protesters who have been peaceful,” he said on CNN.