Boston Police District A-1 Captain Thomas Lee and Sergeant Thomas Lema appeared before the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) to talk about recent complaints about noise and quality of life issues in the neighborhood. The discussion centered around the causes of late night street activities relating to a younger North End population and the role of bars/restaurants with extended hours in and around the community. Captain Lee highlighted the importance of NEWNC in its role of issuing letters of support or opposition for late night alcohol licenses.
“We mostly see people that are over-served from the bars they are coming from and walking back to the neighborhood,” said Captain Lee, “along with the house parties.” Sgt Lema added that he is “amazed at the droves of young professionals” walking through the North End. “They are a happy crowd that unfortunately are impacting the quality of life of others.” Late night drinking hot spots were identified at Faneuil Hall and TD Garden. When asked about the impact of North End restaurants, Captain Lee said, “We don’t have nightclubs in the North End as we do in other areas of the city. Are people looking for a place to eat before going home? I think so. It’s another reason to linger.” Sgt. Lema added that in the summer, the amount of valet and late night street traffic creates a noisy environment.
NEWNC and Boston Police discussed the possibility of private police details funded by North End restaurants and bars, especially those that are open late. The police detail supplied by Bova’s Bakery at the intersection of Salem and Prince Streets received positive reviews from the group.
Watch the video above for the full discussion between police and NEWNC held on January 14, 2013.